Spring! Spring! Spring!

It’s almost here! I cannot wait.

What’s great about spring in western New York?

  • the smell of mud
  • maple syrup
  • teasingly warm days and chilly nights
  • not-yet-hatched bugs
  • violets
  • new wild babies
  • Buffalo’s Broadway Market and it’s Easter vendors
  • spring cleaning (kidding)

My favorite local garden shop and florist is having a retirement sale and I snagged an Amish-made wall quilt rack. I’m really going to miss her shop, but I’m excited to have another place to display my art.

As I sort through my Easter decorations, I found this cheeky wall hanging. You can find the pattern here — Happy Spring!

paper pieced carrot pattern
Bunny Crunch Mini Quilt

Yellow Dilemma

It’s Cindy reporting in today with a yellow dilemma. I’m getting ready to join my Grandmother’s Flower Garden Blocks and I have two yellow prints to choose from.

In keeping with my 30’s inspired blocks, both prints are designed by Darlene Zimmerman. The print below is called “Sunshine Garden” and it has triangles surrounded by tiny dots in a random pattern. It’s a gold/yellow print on a white background.

My next print is called “Southern Belles” and it has teeny, tiny x’s and o’s in structured rows and columns. It’s also a gold/yellow print on a white background.

So…I need your opinion on which print looks best. Do I go with:

A. “Sunshine Garden”

or

B. “Southern Belles”

I’ve got plenty of each fabric so I can use one print for the front and one print for the backing.

Thanks for keeping me on task…I vow to finish this quilt this year…well, I mean hopefully this year…I’d better get to work and start making hexagons!

Snowflake Happiness

Good morning! It’s Cindy reporting in today. I’ve been working on my Eskimo Snow quilt and thought I would update you on my progress.

This panel came from the Quilted Raven Alaska shop in Anchorage and was designed by Barbara Lavallee. Here’s the link so you can have a look at some of her panels and coordinating fabrics…they are so cute! https://www.quiltedravenalaska.com/

I’m in the process of making snowflake blocks that coordinate with the colors in the panel. While this quilt is still in the design process, I think I will need at least 18 snowflake blocks that are made from 1.25 inch squares…I’m almost there!

In order to keep myself on the straight and narrow with my ruler and rotary cutter, I’m using Thangles. Here’s the link to the Thangles website for more information and some beautiful quilt patterns: https://thangles.com/

I’ll sign off for now, get back to making my happy snowflakes and watch the magic of spring unfold!

Stopping by woods on a snowy morning

While most of my family, including Cindy, was basking in the Florida sunshine last weekend, I decided that it was high time I saw my quilting mentor. I haven’t seen her since July when we snuck in an outdoor happy hour at her lovely home not far from the farm. So I invited her to a socially-distanced tea at the “Y” at the top of the hill by the farm on Saturday morning.

We planned to sit in our cars and chat, but I wanted to make it a little more special, so I made a pitcher of Lady Grey tea, packed some quilts and some chairs, and a tea table and headed for the hill. The sun was shining and the wind was still, so the setting was beautiful and calm, if a little cold.

What a wonderful hour and half we had! I was so happy to spend time with her.

The view from the top of the hill.
We have been friends since kindergarten!

A group of snowmobilers drove by while we were enjoying the fresh air. They turned around and came back and asked to take our picture. If they think we were crazy, that’s exactly how I think about snowmobilers! LOL!

Later on Saturday, I went home to warm up and sew, where I made a giant, project-destroying error. Not to worry, a seam ripper and a rotary cutter will turn that fabric into scraps someday–after I finish crying. If you are looking for me this weekend, you’ll find me at Material Rewards where I’ll be starting over. It happens to everyone, right?

I’ll leave you with a little burst of spring.

You never know what you will find at Costco! Loving these tulips!