The Quilt Block Cookbook

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Quilt block books are without a doubt the most used items in my sewing library. I collect them here and there, although most are simply a collection of hand drawn quilt blocks without patterns. They have always been a huge source of inspiration when it comes to designing modern traditional quilts. Today I’m sharing a new book on my bookcase, The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Publisher Lucky Spool sent me this copy of the book to check out, and the first thing I noticed (which I have come to expect from all Lucky Spool books) is it’s beautiful.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are 50 block patterns in the book. The patterns are different combinations of common units throughout the book (such as HST, QST, diamond in squares, flying geese, paper pieced bursts, curves, appliqué petals, and more). There are directions for changing the sizes of these units (6 sizes), so you can “cook up” your own unique quilt blocks.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are quilt mock ups for pairing blocks together to form finished quilts, as well as several sampler quilt patterns.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I made 6 blocks from The Quilt Block Cookbook – Starboard, Campfire, Second Star, Pumpkin Pie, Icebox, and Halo. My quilt top was created using a portion of the Point Taken sampler finishing instructions. I’m thinking of adding three more blocks to make it a square.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Quilt Block Cookbook is 176 pages, a majority of those are devoted to patterns. There are recipes (patterns) to make 50 blocks, 7 sampler quilt patterns, 6 perfect block pairing quilt top mock ups, and 7 templates to photocopy or scan and enlarge/reduce as needed in your pattern. I went ahead and scanned all the templates before starting, so they would be ready for me when I picked my blocks.

I really enjoyed Amy’s book and just couldn’t stop making blocks! It is available on Amazon or check your local quilt shop!

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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 1

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 1

We are so excited ~ today is the first day of the Summer Sampler 2016 pattern launch! For those of you that have signed up, thank you! We have an amazing, global community sewing together this summer and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the response. For anyone who hasn’t signed up, but wants to join in the fun, see the bottom of this post for details.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 1

This week’s block comes to us from AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters. You won’t want to miss the jaw dropping story behind the quilt block name, so pop on over to her blog!

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 1

I decided to use my “Cherry Blossoms” inspiration fabric pull for my quilt. My background will be low volume prints.

We’ve already seen blocks popping up on Instagram and in our private Facebook group this morning ~ you all are fast! I am loving all the different color schemes everyone has come up with.

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)

Fabric Spark is offering two custom solids bundles for sale for use in the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt blocks. You can find those in this listing.

Summer Sampler 2016

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Time flies, doesn’t it? It was about five years ago that my best quilty friends Lee and Katie and I put together a little quilt along on our blogs, the Summer Sampler Series. The three of us loved the idea of traditional blocks made with modern fabrics and layouts. The quilt along was such a hit ~ so much fun, so many people learning new skills (us included!).

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Today we are excited to announce the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along ~ this time with twenty beautiful 12″ blocks, ten amazing designers and three quilt layouts.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Beginning Monday, May 16th and continuing through the end of September, we will be releasing one block a week for 20 weeks. That will bring us to October, when we will share our three quilt layout options. The Summer Sampler 2016 costs $20 for early birds (expires May 15th), and costs $25 after that date. For early birds, that amounts to only $1 for each block pattern. You can purchase your subscription in Lee’s pattern shop over at Freshly Pieced. If you are located in the EU, please purchase your subscription through Etsy, as it will handle the VAT.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

The subscription includes:
"  Fully tested PDF instructions with step-by-step illustrations for each week’s block
"  Each week includes a digital mock-up of a quilt layout using that particular block
"  Three sampler layout options, delivered at the end of the subscription, with fabric requirements and instructions for each
"  Access to subscriber-only Facebook group to interact with other quilters and designers
"  Sampler coloring sheet to help you plan your fabrics

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

And, drumroll please…..! The talented designers of Summer Sampler 2016 are:

Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

I truly hope you join us for this summer of fun. You can subscribe over in Lee’s shop at Freshly Pieced, or on Etsy for EU customers. I can’t wait to spend the summer creating with you all!

Kits + Quilting

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids in school, it’s been a remarkably productive couple of days over here. The house is clean, dinner has been planned ahead each night, I’ve actually gone to the gym (shocking!!) and I’ve even spent busy chunks of time in my sewing room.

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I also received a great package in the mail. Last week I ordered Moda Fabric’s Modern Building Blocks pattern and kit. I remember seeing this quilt at market and it was one of those stop-you-in-your-tracks moments for me. I love Moda’s Bella Solids and the colors in this quilt, along with the layout of the blocks, really spoke to me. I cannot wait to make this (even if it will have to wait in line a bit until I’m done with other commitments).

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Also, I love the packaging of this kit. I was joking on Instagram that whoever came up with it deserves a promotion! Wouldn’t this make a beautiful birthday or Christmas gift for a quilter? (Husbands…hint hint!)

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The inside has all the fabrics, layout and assembly directions, as well as this handy set of double sided cards with all the block patterns.

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can buy this kit at a few of my sponsors:

Pink Chalk Fabrics (pattern only, no fabric)
The Loopy Ewe (fabric kit with pattern)
Fat Quarter Shop (fabric kit with pattern)
Fat Quarter Shop (fabric kit with pattern – PREORDER if link above sold out)
Fat Quarter Shop (pattern only, no fabric)
Lark Cottons

So, besides drooling over this kit for the last few days, I’ve also been working on my sadly neglected Arkansas Traveler quilt! I basted it yesterday while watching Call the Midwife on Netflix. Wow, what a great show (even if it does make me cry at every episode!).

Arkansas Traveler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started quilting in the blue fabric areas using a coordinating blue thread I had on hand – Aurifil’s Color Me Happy by V & Co’s set. It’s #2775 in a 50wt (orange spool). I’m still debating whether or not to quilt the cream fabrics (with an off white thread) or leave them unquilted, giving it a slightly poofy look.

Arkansas Traveler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m using my Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) which I just realized I’ve been using for 5 years! Obviously I’ve had a lot of time to practice with it. I’ve had some people ask for tips on using it.

• I don’t go too slow or too fast. I try to find a nice, middle of the road speed and stick to it. It might help to get some music (not too crazy now!) with a consistent rhythm and play that while you sew, to get in a nice groove.

• I use Bernina’s single hole stitch plate when stitching straight lines.

• For a while I found that when I was stopping stitching (like to remove a pin), I was taking my foot off the pedal while still moving the fabric slightly. Not good, this leads to messed up stitches. Stop completely before taking your foot off the pedal. When you stop moving the fabric, the stitching will stop as well. (At least does when I use BSR 2).

• If you are feeling like your fabric is getting stuck and you have to pull it (leading to messed up stitches), lessen your pressure foot setting. I’ve had to do this with some fabrics that just didn’t seem to slide well under my foot. Other’s swear by using something called the Supreme Slider on their machine. I don’t have one though.

• And then just practice, practice, practice. When I first sat down to use the BSR I thought I would turn my machine on and suddenly my quilting would be perfect. Um, it wasn’t. lol I needed to still practice. If you still aren’t getting the results you think you should be getting, ask if you can bring your machine into your dealer and have them watch you quilt on your machine. I’m sure they will have tips as well.

Arkansas Traveler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m halfway finished with the blue and about to go upstairs and get cracking again. I can’t wait to (finally!) share this completed quilt with you soon!