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I'm a longarm quilter and fabric designer for Andover Fabrics. I wrote Small Stash Sewing. I illustrated The Family Doodle Book. I wrote and illustrated DIY Mason Jars and DIY Wine Corks. I am a lifelong painter. I am a Cape Codder, good listener and lover of pie. I love yoga and gardening. Let's be friends!





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220: super scrappy lemon waffle with mint


I finished my Lemony Snippet quilt top the other day.

I love it.

Monday night I whipped together a less complicated (but still superscrappy) back. But then I thought, hmm, should I have this be two tops and do plain backs? I'm still waffling. (sorry no pics of the back yet)


The last couple of nights, I have been working on a greenie one.  I am not loving it as much as this one - I think I need more mid-range green. I have equal parts yellowy-green, medium green and darker green. I think what makes Lemony Snippet so harmonious is the prevalence of light-medium yellow, even though I hardly notice it when I look at it. It allows the other colors to pop and shine and makes the whole thing work. I've been taking pictures as I sew, so I'll show you what I mean about the green one soon. I am going to get some more medium greens and see if I can make it sing.


Lemony Snippet in the mint patch with old rake. 


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Oh, I love it too. And am now curious about the green one.
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterapple cyder
I think you should definitely make the other scrappy top another quilt and have plain backs. I like it when a strip of patchwork is integrated into the backs. Yours is really beautiful! I would also like to see the green one!
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna
Makes me think of lemonade, yum! I was at a cookout, that happend to be an airplane fly-in, don't ask..., and a wife of a pilot made her own mint lemonade. It was the most refreshing drink I have ever tasted. The mint she added was from her own garden.

Back to the quilt, I think what also helps this quilt is that it is not entirely yellow. You have bits and pieces of other colors, reds, browns, pinks, peeking out too. Have you considered putting reds or yellows in the green quilt to make the greens look greener? I am eager to see what you have so far :)
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Elliott
I love this quilt. I've heard that quilters are afraid of yellow and this makes that seem so, so wrong. It's gorgeous.
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeg
I myself love the sporadic browns throughout the yellow. Nicely done.
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @ Letter9
Your house is so Cape-y and quaint!

I love that quilt (I see bees) and I can't wait to see the green machine.
You're inspiring me to a) sew something and b) work on my photos!

June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaper Dolls For Boys
So, so, so gorgeous! I would keep the scrappy back, and then flip it over sometimes. Can't wait to see the green one!!
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSister Diane
I love this.
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

You're right, the colors really are so well balanced!
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLam
I am not a yellow fan, but that is making me change my mind. Fantastic!
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate
It is beautiful! I am in a big yellow phase right now and it looks perfect to me! very Happy.
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermo
That is really cute!

Love that first photo.
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKnitterella
I love it in all of its patchworky splendor! I also love patchwork backing so if it were up to me I would use the pieced back. All of my favorite quilts have a piecy-patchwork back. But, that is just my two cents.
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdana
Love it! I started a new quilt top today. It's a yellow, red, black number...liking it quite a bit. It's actually built a lot like Lemony Snippit I think. I'm proud of myself for embracing my wonkiness and not trying to do a precision quilt ;)
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKay Snyder
Love it! I know what you mean about green. It is so hard to get different greens to work together. Why is green so difficult in that way?
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim
Love your quilt, especially that bunny in a hat fabric, the colours look great.
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarey
lovely quilt. nice title too!
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKudzu Fire
I LOVE your quilt! Great colors!
June 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEm
I really love the lemon-y luscious-ness. I've never tried just free-form quilting like. I always have to have a plan. I must be limiting myself because I really love how all the fabrics blend so beautifully, but also shine in their own right.


P.s. I did it. I started a blog. :)
July 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
Just. Gorgeous. I feel a picnic coming on!
July 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulieFrick

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