Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along ~ Week 4

Sugarplum Table Runner Quilting by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today we are wrapping up our Sugarplum Table Runners over on BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. Just in time for December! For those of you who have stitched along with me, it sure feels good to finish up in time for the holiday season, right? If you would like to catch up and make your own project, you can find links to all the posts here.

Sugarplum Table Runner Basting by Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week’s post covers two different finishing options. The first is a traditional quilted and bound finish. The second is a modified technique that incorporates pompom trim instead of binding.

Sugarplum Table Runner by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished projects!

Cookbook Sampler

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Cookbook Sampler this week! I am really in love with this little quilt. The colors are so cheerful, but I must admit the fabric pull was a challenge for me this time. I had a vision in my mind but (despite my fabric stash) didn’t have a lot of the exact shades of colors I was looking to use. I think I need to put a little more thought into my future fabric purchases.

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt uses nine blocks from The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. I tried to choose blocks that I felt worked well together, many with a sort of star look to them.

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I had plans to complete this quilt last week, but I decided to wait and order fabric for the backing. I chose Writings on Walls from the Chalk & Paint collection by Sew Caroline. I love the light green text with the hand lettering feel. The binding is a favorite by Lizzy House, Chasing Butterflies in Backyard.

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt finished up about 50″ x 50″. I quilted it with straight lines, about 3/8″ apart, using the dual feed on my BERNINA 770QE. I forgot how long straight line quilting takes! I do love how it looks. (My body is sore from a long day at the machine though.)

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am thinking about hanging this one up in my sewing room to get me through winter. What do you think?

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!