I love the start of gardening season! I spent some time last weekend at my community garden plot and I finally got some peas and radishes planted. The weather was beautiful and I felt the need for some dirt bathing.
What is dirt bathing you ask? Well, it’s when you take your shoes off, dig your toes in the dirt, plunge your hands into soil at least 4 inches deep, and/or sit on the ground to reconnect with the planet. It’s soul cleansing whenever you’re under stress or when the winter has been extra long or whenever you just need a pick-me-up. If the sun is shining when you’re dirt bathing, it brings double the benefits.
I took along my Drops of Rainbow quilt to create a festive dirt-bathing oasis. I had the garden all to myself. It was heavenly.Now it’s time for the big reveal for Drops of Rainbow…how about a few pitter pats of rain for sound effects instead of a drum roll……. My habit of making pre-cuts from fabric scraps served me well on this project. Each patch is a 2.5″ square from my stash. I have to say that the amount of purple in the pattern demolished my purple scraps, but hey, that’s a good thing, right? Now I get to buy more purple! Hurray!
Drops of Rainbow is a large quilt. It finishes at 67″x106″. It would make a great leaders/enders project. The free pattern is here Drops of Rainbow.
23 thoughts on “Drops of Rainbow Quilt and Free Pattern”
There is nothing like the feel of cool dirt under your bare feet. I love the quilt
Sandy, I love to dirt bathe as well….there is something very therapeutic about it. Thanks for the free pattern, I’ve downloaded it for a future pattern. Linda coy-quilts.ca
Linda- I’m glad you like the pattern. Dirt is such a source of healing for me.
Hadn’t thought of growing watermelon radishes, but it’s a great idea since they aren’t available locally! Thanks for the idea!
I hope you love them as much as I do!
I’ve never tried dirt bathing – but I do like to dig my hands in the dirt! Drops of Rainbow is beautiful thanks for sharing the pattern!
Thank you so much! Scrappy quilts make me so happy!
WOW – this quilt is fabulous. I have never heard of dirt bathing, and I seriously doubt you would ever get me to do so – worms, dirt under my nails, cold ground, sitting on the ground are just a few of my hangups. BUT, I can certainly see the beneficial stress relief from this. Just letting everything go, no worries, etc is so great. Back to your quilt – I adore this. My pile of 2.5″ squares that I have been cutting has mysteriously disappeared. SOMEONE put them someplace safe, and NO ONE knows where that might be. Hmm. So, I am starting over on my nice stack of ‘freebie’ squares. Maybe the first big, huge pile will show up! Happy Mother’s Day. ~smile~ Roseanne
P.S. Can I feature this as one of my Saturday tutorials?? With credit to you, of course!
Roseanne– Please do! That would be lovely!
Thanks!! I will give you a heads up before it posts sometime in June, I’m guessing. ~smile~ Roseanne
Roseanne– OMG — I thought I was the only one who lost big piles of things! LOL! I know they’ll turn up someday. The last time I lost important quilting things, I found them weeks later on an ironing board I never use???
That is gorgeous and a very happy looking quilt! Dirt bathing! I love it! Yes time in the garden is good for the soul! 🙂
Thanks, T! I’m guessing that you get to garden all year long — an unimaginable luxury 🙂
Oh no – we have full winter here in Central Oregon (we have ski resort area – Mt. Bachelor right nearby!) 🙂
You guys are both great scrappy quilters! This quilt is a beautiful welcome to spring. I’m thinking sky blue instead of white …
Kathleen — great idea for the blue! Would love to see pictures when you make yours!
I love this quilt! (And gardening!) Thanks for the great blog hop!
Jean — I think this quilt is the perfect garden accessory. I love gardening too! Every year I realize how much there is to learn about it 🙂
Love this quilt and pattern. Thanks for making it available free. I am going to make it as a leader ender over the next year or two. I don’t garden, but I do have a bed!
I can’t wait to see your version — and two years is plenty of time to get your garden started 🙂