Stitching Here and There

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Only 10 days until Christmas, and I have only spent a bit of time here and there at the sewing machine. I did knock out a few more Crosses and Losses blocks. This has been a fun project on the last few rainy (but warm!) days. They certainly are bright!

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also have been working on Christmas gifts. Last week I shared my daughter’s Maker’s Tote with you (thank you all for your nice comments!!). This week I plan on taking pictures of my son’s tote. He’s a huge Star Wars fan, so the fabric choice was a no brainer.

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Can I just say how much I love these Clover Wonder Clips for bag making? They hold thick layers together so easily. I first started out pinning all these crazy pieces together and after much frustration – and bleeding – I switched to the Wonder Clips. It made for a much more pleasant experience.

I’m planning on trying to make a couple zip pouches today to coordinate with these totes.

Are you making something handmade for the holidays? I’d love to hear what you have planned!

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

Welcome to week three of the Fresh Spool Series! I hope you’ve been enjoying making these little spool blocks as much as I have. This week I’m sharing my Log Cabin Spool block pattern.

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

This pattern is slightly different than the previous spool blocks. When you download your template, you will notice that you need to paper piece the smaller sides of the spool first, and then use those segments when you paper piece the finished spool block. (If you are new to foundation paper piecing, you can find a tutorial on my blog.)

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

You can download your own copy of the 6″ x 6″ Log Cabin Spool Quilt Block Pattern by clicking on the image below, or this link. As with all paper piecing patterns, be sure to print this pattern at “100%” or “Actual Size”, and check the 1″ scale icon before starting.

Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find the previous spool patterns on my blog by visiting the Paper Piecing Templates section of the Tutorials page or clicking the links below:

Scrappy Spool Block
Triangle Spool Block

Don’t they all look cute together?

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Cutting Fabric, Here and There

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Summer vacation is officially half over…maybe even a little more than half. There hasn’t been as much sewing as I thought, but there has been a lot of creative time. We’ve been making much use of the various “… Ways to Draw” series of books. Our favorite is Lisa Congdon’s 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip. We’ve also spent a lot of time in the garden, planting new flowers and enjoying those that have been there a few years. The kids even built a fairy garden! It’s been so wet here…the mosquitos are out of control, but the plants seem to be loving it.

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I was able to sneak some time in over the weekend and do a bit of design work. Oh, how I’ve missed spending time in Photoshop and then pulling fabric. My original pull was at the top of this post. I will likely still use that stack for a project. But for this design, I’ve tweaked and narrowed things down a bit.

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I spent yesterday morning cutting half square triangles – fun! Today I’m hoping to cut the background fabric and then start sewing. I see a lot of HST trimming in my future. :) I hope to share more soon!

Not Your Mama’s Bee ~ June

Last April when I was at Sewtopia, a few of us started talking about how fun it would be to start a quilting bee for our kids. We have finally hit those awesome childhood years. The ones where the kids are more self sufficient, but still think we are the coolest and want to hang out with us. :) My 8 year old daughter can even use the sewing machine unassisted! (Being the overprotective mom that I am, I still handle the rotary cutting and iron.)

This month was the first month of our bee, cleverly named by Jen, Not Your Mama’s Bee. Each month, one child in the bee gets to pick a general design or theme, and the other kids make and send a block using their parents stash and limited assistance. Lee’s youngest daughter was lucky enough to be assigned month one, and everyone is making her rainbow log cabin blocks that feature kitty fabric.

I pulled out my scrap buckets, and some larger cuts of my only fabric that would qualify as having cats, from Alexa Abegg’s Hatbox collection for Cotton + Steel. (I think technically they are tigers.) The kids got to work designing. We tried to focus on one ring at a time. (This was very hard for a certain excited 6 year old boy).

My daughter was able to stitch on her own, while my son sat in my lap and was in charge of guiding the fabric while I worked the foot pedal.

They loved sewing and the final results so much, they both wanted to keep them. :) Don’t worry, they didn’t!

This was such a fun afternoon. Sometimes I am so busy trying to get “business” related sewing done, that I forget what it’s like to sit and enjoy the moment. I am really excited that we will have a chance to spend time creating together each month over the next year.