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Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Finished

Summer Sampler 2016 quilt by Freshly Pieced

My Summer Sampler 2016 quilt is done!

Summer Sampler 2016 quilt by Freshly Pieced

I’m really happy with how it turned out … which more or less looks like the mock-up you all saw at the beginning of the quilt-along. : )

Summer Sampler 2016 quilt by Freshly Pieced

I finished it off with some straight-line quilting. I don’t know what I was thinking when I put those lines so close together, but it’s done now! And as usual, I bound it in the same color as the background. I just love that look, so nice and clean.

Summer Sampler 2016 quilt by Freshly Pieced

So with that, the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt-along is finished, but not to worry, you can still make the quilt! Click here to purchase the pattern—now that the quilt-along is complete, everyone who buys the pattern will get full, immediate access to all 20 block patterns. And within the next week or two, Katie and Faith and I are planning to put all of the blocks together into one PDF for your convenience. All previous buyers will get access to that combined PDF when it’s released.

I want to thank all of you who purchased a Summer Sampler subscription and quilted along with us! It was loads of fun. It’s hard to believe these 20 weeks have already come and gone—I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with myself now!

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Greek Key Quilt Complete

Just a reminder that my Greek Key Quilt-Along wraps up today on Bernina’s website, We All Sew! Of course, the final instructions post goes live today, but all of the Greek Key posts will be available indefinitely. So you can make this quilt any time you feel like it, whether you’re keeping up with the quilt-along or not. : )

I’ve also got a few simple hints in today’s post for doing the diagonal straight-line quilting that I used above, so go check it out. And don’t forget to hashtag #greekkeyquilt, so that we can all admire your hard work!

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WIP Wednesday: In Line

Well, what can I say? I’ve just been quilting my Greek Key quilt. Yep, that’s about the sum of things this week: Gettin’ her done. : )

This one is pretty minimal for me, and it’s reminded me of the importance of simplifying. I have a tendency to get pretty complex with my designs (sometimes too complex), so going the minimal route was a welcome departure. Note to self: There’s beauty in simplicity too. And even when I’m designing/making something that is intentionally more complex, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t use my critical eye to try to pare things down where I can!

Want to make something minimal with me? This bad boy will be a quilt-along on the Bernina’s We All Sew very soon!

What are you working on this week? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.

4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

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30 Quilts for 30 Years: My Picnic Plaid Quilt

Welcome to my stop on Robert Kaufman’s 30 Quilts for 30 Years Blog Hop! I’m so happy to be unveiling my Picnic Plaid quilt today—and the Picnic Plaid quilt pattern is on sale for a limited time!

Kaufman recently asked 30 quilt designers (including me!) to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kona Cotton Solids by designing a quilt. I’m a huge supporter of Kona solids—there’s no question that Kona offers one of the best color palettes out there, especially with the addition of 33 new colors for 2014. And I’m just crazy lucky enough to live near a quilt shop that carries all 300+ Kona colors. You heard me. Every. Single. Color. All right there in one little brick-and-mortar shop. (Thank you, Patched Works in Elm Grove!) This all means that Kona is definitely my go-to solids brand.

And so I give you Picnic Plaid! I’ve been loving the speed and ease of strip-piecing lately, and this quilt is ridiculously strip-pieced. Like practically every bit of it. You won’t find a more efficiently-made quilt anywhere, I don’t think. : ) So it comes together quickly.

I used many of my absolute favorite Kona shades in this quilt: Bluegrass, Aloe, Pomegranate, Azalea, Chartreuse, Cactus, Cerise, and White. These are colors that I tend to come back to over and over in my quilting—this quilt is like my own personal library of Kona faves.

Picnic Plaid comes in three sizes: Baby (40″ x 40″), Lap (60″ x 80″), and Twin (80″ x 100″). (Twin size instructions are available in the PDF only—the paper pattern includes only Baby and Lap sizes.) Overall, the piecing is pretty simple, and I think a confident beginner can be very successful with this one. (Shops can purchase my patterns wholesale from Checker, Brewer, or—hopefully within the next week or so—United Notions.)

As always when I release a pattern, I’m offering it on sale for just $4.99 (PDF version only) the first week of release. You can purchase the PDF on sale here, or the paper version of the pattern here. I rarely put my patterns on sale, so take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

And I’ve got a giveaway for you all as well! I’m giving away a charm pack of Kona’s new colors for 2014—so much yumminess in one little pack of squares. : ) Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. This giveaway will be open for one day only, so be quick about it! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Keep following the 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop, since more designers will be unveiling more quilts in the days ahead! You can also see all 30 designs in Kaufman’s 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook, viewable right here. Good luck in the giveaway!

Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko

Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane

Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks

Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations

Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs

Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon

Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny

Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman

Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil

Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts

Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts

Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman

Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting

Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy

Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells

Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments

Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl

Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing

Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine

Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color

Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine

Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy

Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks

Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman

Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

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WIP Wednesday: Pre-Vacay

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
So I’ve got a little vacation coming up, which of course means three times as much work while I get ready for the vacation. That’s always the way, right?

But when I’m not hard at work on my preparations to relax, here’s what I’ve been doing …

… some straight-line quilting (can’t show you more than this, sorry)

… using Monica Solorio-Snow‘s Sew Yummy fabric line for Cloud 9 in a fun little block (more on that in a bit)

… cutting into this lovely stack of Emmy Grace by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics

… and admiring my Aviatrix Medallion in Cotton + Steel (though not necessarily making any progress on it).

And speaking of vacation, WIP Wednesday is going on one too, while I’m gone! There will be NO WIP Wednesday the last two weeks of July. But feel free to carry on, on Instagram—you guys don’t really need me over there, do you? : ) WIP Wednesday will officially be back on August 6 with guest host Cori of Let’s Eat Grandpa, and then I’ll be back in the saddle on August 13. (And don’t worry, I’m leaving you with some other pre-written, pre-scheduled blog posts while I’m gone!)

This week’s WIP Wednesday sponsor:
Today let’s thank my newest sponsor, Shabby Fabrics! Shabby Fabrics is having a huuuuuuuge Christmas in July sale, July 18-21, with ALL Christmas fabric 30% off—including the brand new collections! Head over there now to check out their newly redesigned website and add to your wishlist so you’re ready for Friday’s sale. Remember, if you love WIP Wednesday, you can say thank you by supporting my wonderful sponsors!
This week’s giveaway:
Shabby Fabrics is offering a FQ bundle of Jolly Christmas by Debbie Mumm, to get that holiday sewing kicked off! To win, do either of the following (or do both for two chances): 1) Link up your own WIP Wednesday post or Instagram photo below; and/or 2) sign up for Shabby Fabrics’ newsletter, like Shabby Fabrics on Facebook, or follow the Shabby Fabrics blog. Then comment below that you’ve done so.
Here’s how to link up:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

 

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Jungle Ave. Quilt

You guys! I made another quilt using Sara Lawson’s Jungle Ave. line, and I never blogged it! Let’s fix that right now, shall we?

 

I wanted a chance to showcase Sara’s amazing print that brings the “jungle” directly to the “urban.” But this is a classic case of a print I just couldn’t bear to cut up. In small pieces, it would lose its sense of fun and uniqueness. So I made it the background of a single-star quilt design.
I admit, it was a little nerve-wracking using this print for the background of this quilt design. I had to think long and hard about the construction of this quilt, so that it was put together in such a way that minimized the number of seams. Again, I just didn’t want to break up this print any more than I absolutely had to!
That meant triangles. And triangle math. Triangle math is not my forté. But I did eventually manage to come up with a quilt that looked like my sketch. It might not be quite the size I originally planned, but nobody’s perfect. : )
Anyway, I really love how this one turned out. I love how you can take a single star like this one and make it more dynamic, so that the design expands over the entire quilt. And the straight-line quilting on my Bernina was smooth as butter, of course.
Sara’s Jungle Ave. line will be hitting stores in June—you can get a fat-quarter bundle with some coordinating Art Gallery basics at the Fat Quarter Shop. And I’ll be releasing a pattern for my other Jungle Ave. quilt, Gridlock, very soon! Stay tuned!
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Twin Quilts for Twin Girls

The twin baby quilts that I was working on last week for my soon-to-arrive twin nieces were finished and gifted to the mom-to-be over the weekend. What a fun challenge to come up with baby quilts that were a matched pair, but not identical—just like their future little owners. : )

I found out at the baby shower that they’re leaning toward Rose as a name for one of the babies, so it’s a happy coincidence that I pieced one of these quilts in rosy pinks. In fact, this quilt features one of my recent favorite Kona colors, Pomegranate.
And the other quilt is all in “my” colors—aqua and lime green and teal. I thought it would be a nice touch to do one of the quilts in warm colors and the other in cool colors.
The blocks in both quilts are paper-pieced blocks from Vintage Quilt Revival (of course!). The pink quilt has the Geometric Star block (I guess I’m kind of addicted to doing this block in solids, since I used it in this quilt as well). The pink quilt got straight vertical-line quilting.
The teal quilt has the Exploding Star block, which has great dimensionality. I decided on angled straight-line quilting for that one. In case you’re curious how I do my quilting, in this case I marked the center quilting line with painter’s tape, using the 45-degree angle in the block and my longest ruler to guide me. I sewed right next to the painter’s tape for that first quilting line, then removed the tape and quilted outward on either side from there, lining up the previous line of stitches with the side of my walking foot. This kind of narrowly-spaced straight line quilting can take a while, but it’s so worth it!
I have to admit, the back on the teal quilt is a lot more fun. Yep, wood grain again—you know how I love my wood grains! This one is from Joel Dewberry’s True Colors collection from Free Spirit, supplemented by a Laura Gunn Painter’s Canvas print. Sadly, I didn’t have any good matching rosy pink prints for the back of the pink quilt, so that one got an Architectures Crosshatch instead.
And the best part of all: My sweet sister-in-law told me after she opened them, “I was hoping I would get a quilt from you! I didn’t even register for any blankets because I wanted a quilt!” I can’t think of a better compliment from a recipient of one of my quilts. : ) Can’t wait to meet these baby girls, and I hope everybody (mom and babies) enjoys their quilts!
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WIP Wednesday: Babies Need Quilts!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
This week I’m working on a matched pair of fun little baby quilts for a matched pair of fun little babies-to-be.

I know what you’re thinking. I can hear your thoughts out there. “Lee—an almost entirely white baby quilt? Really?” But … but … it looks so cool. LOL. I wanted a sleek, modern, very un-girly pair of quilts for these little girls. I auditioned a lot of things other than white, and nothing was grabbing me, so white it was. (Edited to add: The block above is the Geometric Star block from Vintage Quilt Revival.)

And I’ll tell the mother-to-be the same thing I tell every mom who gets a baby quilt (or two) from me: Use it! Wash it a million times! Love it to pieces—literally! If it gets spit up on and drooled on and stained in a hundred places, that means it’s been loved, which is mission accomplished for me. Nothing could make me happier.

This week’s WIP Wednesday is brought to you by the Fat Quarter Shop. The Fat Quarter Shop was the first online fabric store I ever discovered, way back in 2007, and I thought I had died and gone to fabric heaven. : ) It’s still one of the biggest and best online stores out there, with same-day shipping and tons of free video tutorials on their own YouTube channel. Go give them some WIP Wednesday love!

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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Cartwheels Number Three

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As promised, here’s my latest Cartwheels quilt finish—this time in Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park line. (The Cartwheels pattern is available here.)

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First of all: Kind of in love with these colors right now. Second: How great is that stripy print as a binding? Pretty great.

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And all that straight-line quilting? Not my favorite to do, but I like how it looks. And I needed to do something very different from the free-motion stippling I did on my previous two Cartwheels quilts! But now the edges of the quilt are a little wavy and won’t lie quite flat. I’m guessing it’ll flatten out after washing, but this quilt is headed to Quilt Market, so I didn’t want to wash it until after that. At any rate, it’s done and shipped off to where it needs to be for Market display later this week, so this one’s in the books.
If you’re a shop owner headed to Market, keep an eye out for this quilt—you can order the Cartwheels pattern or my other current patterns from Checker or Pattern Peddlers (or directly from me, of course!).
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WIP Wednesday: Slow to the Finish

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Have you ever had one of those projects that seems to take 12 times longer than it should have? One of those projects that just seems to defy all efforts to complete it? A WIP that stays WIPpy forever?

Cartwheels quilt in progress
My latest Cartwheels quilt is all of that and more. I originally thought I would have this quilt done more than two weeks ago. Then I thought of course it would be done by the end of last week. And yet, here it sits, still on happily sprawled out on my sewing table, taunting me with its unfinished state.

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But things just keep getting in the way of my finishing that quilt. For example, I had a bit of an issue with my Sparkler quilt—I was somehow unaware until a few days ago that Sparkler had been accepted into this year’s Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at Quilt Festival in Houston. Therefore, I did not in fact ship Sparkler to Houston like I was supposed to more than a month ago, and I was very confused when I got an email on Friday from the nice ladies at Quilts, Inc., asking where the heck it was. LOL. So, I don’t know if there’s any such thing as a quilt hanging sleeve emergency, but if there is, I had one this weekend, with all the hand-stitching that is likely to accompany such a thing.

Of course, I’m not complaining—I’m so excited that Sparkler will be hanging in Houston! (If you’re planning to attend, stop by and check it out, if for no other reason than that the amazingly talented Jenny Pedigo quilted it like a boss.) But it meant that Cartwheels had to sit and wait while I stitched. And wait. And wait some more.

Cartwheels quilt in progress
Mark my words: This quilt will be done today. To. Day. I got my eye on you, Cartwheels.

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab the WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!