Blue Squared ~ A Finished Quilt

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Another school year has gone by, and I always find myself a mix of emotions. Proud of my kids for working their hardest, sad that they are growing up so fast, excited to have them all to myself for a couple months, a bit worried about how I will mix work and time with my kids while they are home, but ready to slow down, relax and enjoy the moment. May is always a crazy month ~ end of year presentations, celebrations, graduations, birthdays, camping, soccer tournaments… I admittedly don’t do so well with being over scheduled. But I did manage to find time to finish a gift for a teacher, with approximately one day to spare.

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think I mentioned in my last post that I asked my daughter what colors her teacher liked. She came up with blue and black. I sketched out a rough plan and used it as my base for this quilt. My daughter embroidered a label for the back (I erased the teacher’s name in the photo, but it is there in real life. 🙂 ) I think it’s a nice touch to have the kids work on a piece like that.

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s quilted in a free motion meandering design. I forgot to measure it before I wrapped it up, but I believe it’s around 54″ x 60″. That was my plan anyway! The backing is Puff Porcelain by Rashida Colman-Hale for Cotton + Steel. One of my current favorites!

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am so grateful for all the work my kid’s teachers put into the year. They really are like a third parent. It is a hard job that takes a very special person. We are lucky!

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 2

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Today marks Week 2 of the Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along! This week’s block is named Summer Slice and was designed by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. This block can look completely different based on fabric choices and layout.

I went super scrappy with mine. Maybe too scrappy!

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along : Week 2

I’m not 100% sure I won’t remake mine a bit calmer, but I’m going to wait until further along in the quilt along. Sometimes one block can look a bit off on it’s own, but fit well into a group of twenty.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

I can’t wait to see all of your blocks this week!

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)
#summersampler2016 Instagram Posts

Fabric Spark Fabric Kits
Simply Solids Fabric Kits

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.

Scrapbox Frames ~ A Quilt Block Tutorial

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Remember earlier this week when I said that my next post would be my finished Picnic Point quilt? Well, I *did* finish the quilt on Wednesday ~ yay! But then I realized it’s way too big for me to take a picture of without my husband’s help. So! We will have to snap those photos this weekend.

Yesterday, I decided I just needed a bit of a sewing cleanse. No pattern, no plan, just tackle some scraps and sew them together. It was quite therapeutic. I ended up with these quilt improvy blocks that I decided to call Scrapbox Frames. I thought I would share my process in case anyone else wanted to make their own.

My scrap baskets are a bit out of control.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

I decided to make warm (pink, red, yellow, orange) blocks and cool (blue, green, purple) blocks. I grabbed some warm scraps…

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Stacked them…

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

And stitched them together.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Then I used my rotary cutter without a ruler and freehand cut them into columns.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

I repeated this many times for lots of different scrappy strips. Next I guesstimated the size of a center square, cutting it a bit larger than I thought I needed.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

I picked a side and stitched the scrappy improv strip to the solid center.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

I worked my way around the center, trimming the gray and adding to the strips if needed.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Voilà! Scrappy little quilt blocks!

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

These are fun, they all turn out different sizes and are great scrap busters. You could nest one inside another. Lots of possibilities and a chance to sew without a pattern.