Straight Line Quilting into Fall

Fall Patchwork : Fresh Lemons Quilts

After a busy weekend, I spent most of yesterday stitching this little fall mini together. I’m quilting now using my BERNINA walking foot to sew straight lines that are 1/4″ apart. I’m debating going in the opposite direction as well, making a tiny grid. What do you think?

Completely unrelated to quilting…did anyone else stay up Sunday evening and watch the lunar eclipse? Or wake up in the middle of the night, depending on where you live? My daughter is studying space in school, and my son learned about the moon in class last Friday. So of course, we had to stay up. I set up my tripod and took pictures during the 2 hours we were outside.

Lunar Eclipse : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I feel like it is always cloudy when something cool like this happens here. And it was looking like that would be the same story this time, but we lucked out with a 2 hour break in the clouds at just the right time. I am always blown away by our world. So, can I make this into quilt inspiration? I’m not sure, maybe! 😉

Nautical ~ A Finished Baby Quilt

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I checked off my first quilt finish of the school year. It’s also my first quilt pieced on my Featherweight! I started this Nautical quilt the week the kids went back to school. The Nautical quilt pattern is by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew, and was a breeze to make. There are 10 different blocks, and I made each set of blocks in groups, scrappy style.

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was fun to work in these primary colors. Usually I get tempted into including the entire rainbow – it’s a weakness! I forget how much I enjoy quilts made from limited palettes.

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted this one in a diagonal crosshatch using my walking foot and my BERNINA 750QE. The lines are maybe a bit over an inch apart. I used the metal guide that can go through the back hole of the walking foot to maintain a consistent width.

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I quilt straight lines, I always start in the middle and work my way to the right. Once the first half of the quilt is finished, I turn it around and then start again in the middle, working my way to the right again. On this quilt, I stitched all my lines in the first diagonal direction, then all my lines in the opposite diagonal direction. No puckering or folding – so I think it was a successful plan!

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing I used a whale print from the Message in a Bottle collection. Aren’t they so cute? The finished crib quilt measures 42″ x 56″, perfect for a baby or playmat!

Home Run ~ A Finished Quilt

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my latest quilt and took it on a special trip for photos! Since this quilt features Chicago Cubs fabric, in an ideal world of unlimited time I would have taken it over to Wrigley Field. But you’ll have to settle for a community ballpark. I hope that’s ok. :)

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Home Run quilt is a gift for a Cubs fan. (Hopefully that’s somewhat obvious!) I mentioned a few weeks ago that these quilt squares are Shoo Fly blocks. I think they look like little baseball diamonds. There are 42 blocks, each measuring 12″ x 12″ finished, resulting in a 72″ x 84″ quilt.

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled coordinating fabrics in blue, red, white and black for the blocks. My background is mostly white, but when I had a white feature fabric, I switched the background to gray. I fun little twist that allowed me to use those white prints.

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I wanted this quilt to have a nice soft drape, so I quilted it with straight lines, horizontally and vertically, 1/4″ away from all of the seams. It gives it a nice little poof I think.

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing is from a new Major League Baseball line by Fabric Traditions. Perfect timing, right? My daughter embroidered a label for the recipient (I’ve erased the personal details from the photo).

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think it’s a fun quilt. Hopefully a successful “man quilt” and enjoyed through the years. :) And that does complete my 4 gift quilts of Spring! Feeling much relieved and ready to move forward with my next project.

Vignette

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A few weeks ago I received a special package in the mail from Laura Gunn ~ Vignette, her latest collection for Michael Miller Fabrics. I’m a huge fan of Laura, from her fabric to her paintings and prints.

Vignette is a collection of beautiful floral artwork. I decided to make drunkards path blocks from my bundle, using the 3-1/2 quarter circle templates I bought awhile back from my friend Jen. So handy!

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I selected nine of the prints and kept my background low volume scrappy. I played around a bit with the layout, finally deciding to place my blocks on point.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted straight lines, using my BERNINA walking foot edge as my spacing guide.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt turned out about the size of a wall hanging. I love the neutral background against the floral prints.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing, I went scrappy with the remnants of the fat quarter bundle.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find Vignette popping up in shops now. I hope you love it as much as I do!