Shimmering Lanterns Quilt ~ Shimmer Blog Hop

 Shimmer Blog Hop

Shimmer Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on

Jennifer Sampou's Shimmer blog hop

. I first met

Jennifer

last Fall at Quilt Market - such a nice and talented woman! I was thrilled to have a chance to work with her latest line for Robert Kaufman,

Shimmer

.

 Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

It was really fun to work with metallic fabrics. My biggest question was how they would react to my iron and quilting. I'm happy to report that I had no problem with either! Jennifer's designs and colors are also so sophisticated. I'm very pleased with how this quilt turned out.

 Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This quilt is based off the Arkansas Traveler quilt block. You guys probably know I love that block by now! (If not, see here...here...AND here. lol) You can find the pattern for this block on Lee's blog.

 Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I made a few changes to the block. Rather than piece the center focus of the block with 4 diamonds, I used 2 triangles. I actually drew those into the paper piecing pattern and treated those as pieces 1 and 2.

 Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I also placed the blocks on point. I love that rotating a block 45 degrees creates a completely different look. When I first designed this quilt, I was going to make the entire background white. But after I laid out the blocks, I decided to use the beautiful Shimmer prints for the border background half square triangles. I am so happy I made that change, because it really adds the wow factor that this quilt needed.

 Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Who is interested in working with some Shimmer? Robert Kaufman has offered to give away a charm pack to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment after this post for a chance to win. I'll pick a winner Sunday evening.Giveaway now closed

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And be sure to keep up with the blog hop for more inspiration and chances to win charm packs. Jennifer will also be giving away a full fat-quarter bundle at the end of the party!

April 1: Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou April 2: Janice Ryan - Better off Thread April 3: Alissa Haight Carlton - Handmade by Alissa April 4: Julie Herman - JayBird Quilts April 5: Natalie Barnes - Beyond the Reef April 6: Stash Books - C&T Publishing April 7: Amanda Jean Nyberg - Crazy Mom Quilts April 8: Lee Heinrich - Freshly Pieced April 9: Cheryl Arkinson - Naptime Quilter April 10: Christina Cameli - A Few Scraps April 11: Elizabeth Hartman - Oh Fransson April 12: Faith Jones - Fresh Lemon Quilts Me! April 13: Gemma Jackson - Pretty Bobbins April 14: Katie Blakesley - Swim Bike Quilt April 15: Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter April 16: Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson - See How We Sew April 17: Holly DeGroot - Bijou Lovely April 18: Jennifer Sampou - Wrap Up

+++ Update +++

I'm picking a winner! I'll leave comments open in case anyone has an additional comment/question on the quilt, but the giveaway is officially closed with comment 225. (4/14/14, 7:50am CDT)

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The winner is #170 - Janet S.! Congratulations Janet - I will pass along your email to Robert Kaufman fabrics. They will be in touch to ship your prize.