Let’s celebrate Spring!

Spring is very slow in coming to our area this year. I think we had our first major snowstorm ( 2 of them, in fact) in March and we actually had little snowbanks in our yard and around town until just a few weeks back. Earlier this week we had crazy high temperatures which made me want to rip the cover off the pool and jump right in. Today the temperature is more seasonal and I hope it stays like this for a while.IMG_2561

No matter what the weather is doing, the bulbs seem determined to poke their little flower heads out of the ground no matter what! So, although we don’t see much greenery yet, we at least have some tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths to make it look like springtime.

The nicer weather draws me outside and so the quilting projects suffer a bit. I definitely get way more accomplished in the fall and winter than the other two seasons. But then, in my mind, quilting just seems “to go” more naturally with those cozier seasons too! How about you? Do you quilt more in the fall and winter, or are you an “all-season” quilter?

The piggy quilt that I started a few weeks back got  all finished up and is hanging in my quilt room. It was really a quick and easy project, plus it used up lots of scraps…a win-win for me!  Honestly the quilt  is a little small for that spot in my room, but I wanted something cheery and bright there for now. ( I figured that the “Let It Snow” quilt that had been hanging there might be hampering the arrival of Spring, so it had to come down!)

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piggy quilt by Farmhouse Quilts

So cute! I really like the colorful pigs, and I think they would make really sweet place mats too! Remember that the pattern and template are available right here. And you could of course make the piggies all one color too….hmmmm, I might have to try that next, because I do think pigs are awfully cute :).

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piggy quilt by Farmhouse Quilts

I did start another little project this week, that I am really hoping to finish before Easter! It is a pattern by Sweetwater and I thought some of my new mushroomy fabrics would look very sweet in it.IMG_2551The strips lended themselves perfectly to being done as a Quilt As You Go project too, so that was a bonus!IMG_2553I just blanket stitched around the “scallops” and then simply quilted in the ditch between the rows after they were assembled.

The bunny fabric is at the end and I decided to quilt that a little more intricately because there are no scallops. I love how it turned out!IMG_2552 So now I am busy binding this and hopefully I will get it done in time. But I think it can be out for the rest of the season because the colors are just so springlike anyway, so I am not going to stress over it!

Even though my quilt room is filled to the brim with all kinds of colorful fabrics and accessories, when you look up, it is very blah and boring, with its white walls and ceiling. Sooo, I decided to remedy that by making this banner( I totally stole this idea from the store we visited a few weeks back~read more about that here).

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Festive banner that decorates my quilt room

I think it adds just the right festive touch to my room! And it was super easy and CHEAP to make! So if you need a banner for any occasion ( I am thinking bridal shower, birthday, graduation, anything you can think of!), you might want to consider making one of these. I have added the tutorial for the banner in my tutorial section.

You may also have noticed that I added a “recipe” section. I am planning on adding easy, and /or delicious not-to-be-missed recipes there. Make sure to check it out! So far it has one recipe, but it is a great one and you will definitely want to make it..soon…maybe right now….and send me some 🙂IMG_2426

Sooooo, to celebrate the arrival of Spring I want to host a little give away! This give-away is open to everyone who subscribes to my blog ( if you arrived here by chance, you can sign up in the box on the right hand side of this post where is says “follow me by email”). Just leave me a comment telling me what project you are working on right now, or what project you are hoping to get started on soon. I will close this give away on April 30th, 2017. One person will be randomly selected out of all the entries and will receive this prize:IMG_2564A mini pattern by Fig Tree Quilts, called Painted Ladies, and a mini charm square package! ( please note that the mini charms will NOT be big enough to use in the pattern, but I thought they were “spring-y” so I paired them together!)

I wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Easter!

Until next time, happy creating!

Monique

44 thoughts on “Let’s celebrate Spring!

  1. Yes, Spring is here! I’m working on 3 quilts-one for hands to help, one to donate to MDAnderson’s Quilt Auction for ovarian cancer and a wedding quilt! I hope I get them all done in time!

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  2. I have soooo many projects in the works. Hoping that by the end of this weekend, I have all initial cutting and sewing done to start making blocks for a summer weight quilt for our king size bed.

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  3. I have many projects in the works. I’m doing several wool applique projects, doing Moda Blockheads and a machine embroidery quilt. I work on one project a while and then go to another. No deadline on any of them thank goodness.

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  4. Hi, currently working on my GreatGrandDaughters baby quilt in Mint with Teddy bears! Want to start a pastel Bearclaws quilt for charity next. Love Your Blog+this pretty giveaway too! Thank You!

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  5. First, I love your sewing room, it just looks so cozy and inviting. I am hoping to get my Splendid Sampler blocks sashed and quilted this spring. I found this beautiful, I think, backing fabric at Connecting Threads that was perfect. It is green and lavender with little cottages sprinkled on it. All of my Splendid blocks are green and purple so I think it’s going to be perfect.

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  6. I live on the west coast and spring is here. Love the spring flowers, the blossoms are busting out. The hummingbirds are busy. Thanks for showing the QAYG. Looks like you joined the quilted rows together, but I’m not sure what you did on the back to complete (one big piece of fabric?) Right now I am working on catching up with a block of the week project. Want to get this one caught up before I try another.

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  7. Well, my pile of projects is keeping me busy, loving the applique and hand embroidery, but yesterday I cut up enough fabric wedges to make a Christmas tree skirt, so that’s today’s sewing adventures 🙂

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      1. I multi task Hehe…many projects on the go, but that means I can pick up something when I have a little spare time, little bits of time eventually add up 🙂

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  8. Your piggy quilt is adorable! I’ve got to get the binding put on a couple of pillow shams, then get a lap quilt and a baby quilt quilted. My new-to-me longarm is about 4″ too high and needs to be leveled. Once that gets taken care of, I’ll be good to go.

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  9. There’s always a project (or twenty) going in my work space, but I just recently finished my Splash quilt & got to give it to the little one it was for today. She’s such a cutie pie! I’ll be sure to post a pic in the Facebook group! Your sewing space looks fun & cozy! I like the rod for hanging quilts. Maybe I can squeeze out some wall space for something like that. 🙂

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  10. Have to finish up a quilt that is being made for a raffle to raise money for local hospital…then there is a quilt I’m making for me…then one for my niece…and one for my great nephew…and one for the church….

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  11. I’m working on a queen size for my bed but that’ll be on hold for a while because my daughter is pregnant with our first grandchild! I now have a baby quilt, diaper bag, and many other things to make by mid-September. So excited that I’ll be a grandma before I hit senility!

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  12. Love that piggy quilt, I may have to time warp myself to your sewing room and warp out with it. I’m trying to take 20 or so minutes out of each day to do my embroidery. Its keeping me sane from all the boxes (I swear that when I turn around, someone brings more in, did I tell you we are a family of horders?….no well we are, I have zillions of boxes to prove it!) Love the banner.

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  13. Oh Guida, I am so glad that you are taking some time for yourself each day! And those boxes will get unpacked at some point! ( Have I told you that we have lived in our house for almost 6 years and there are still boxes that need unpacking?! I figure if I’m not missing the items, then I won’t worry about unpacking until I want to!). And at first I thought you were suggesting that you time warp to my room and we could sew together for the day, and I thought “how sweet”. Then I realized you were “offering ” to STEAL my piggy quilt! Naughty girl! 😀

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    1. I am working on a mini Sunbonnet Sue quilt for my granddaughter’s dollies and want to get going on a Jan Patek primitive quilt I got for a BoM.

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  14. Love reading your blog. The project I am working on right now is totally selfish. I am making The Blazing Star Quilt for my husband and me. So excited to have a quilt for us. I hope you have a great day.

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  15. I’m working on a huge quilt for my husband, shhhh it’s a secret. lol I’m sure he has figured it out since I shut the door to my sewing room. This was not a easy thing to do since I have all my fabric laying out in stages and stacks everywhere. Thanks for the contest & good luck everyone and happy sewing!

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  16. I am in the process of choosing fabric for two baby quilts. We are expecting our first two great-grandchildren in October…..due just one week apart! These special quilts are my first attempt at making quilts. Wish me luck.

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    1. Congratulations, Linda! How exciting to be expecting not 1, but 2 great-grandbabies! Good luck with your quilts and just remember to ask questions if you have any. There are lots of resources in the quilting world, as well as a very supportive community.

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