Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Decorations













































My daughter brought me a bunch of daffodils over the weekend.  It was the push I needed to get the Easter decorations out.  It is cold and grey today which makes it hard to believe it's spring.  This is the time of year when you hope that all the snow is gone.  We Michiganders know anything is possible.  No matter what is going on outside, it's spring inside!  Sweet Amy sent me some fabric with an order and it was the perfect combination for the Easter bolster for my church pew.  This is an area in my entryway that is a constant work in progress.  Greg mentioned that I need a quilt on the pew and he's right!  It's a bit too bare for my liking.  Any excuse to make a quilt is a good one!  I hope you have a blessed Monday and that spring has sprung in your corner of the world.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Waiting for Spring

















































We all want spring so badly.  As the snow melts I get excited to look out at the garden. The only thing I see is the dead evergreen wreath I tossed out the slider in January.  My solution is to purchase spring flowers at the market.  It always helps so sew with pretty spring pastels. One cute little churn dash quilt can sure chase the winter blues away. I also did a bit of fabric shopping and enjoyed pictures of gardens from some favorite magazines. I found a recipe for lemon lavender cookies and they taste like spring to me.  It surely can't be long now, can it?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Color Inspiration





The second leg of my journey led me to Woodland, California to visit family.  We made a short trip to San Francisco, one of my favorite places.  The Farmers Market at the Ferry Building was an amazing assortment of flowers, veggies, shell fish and more.  Having seen nothing but snow for so long, the colors were almost more than I could handle.  I was clearly on sensory overload. Chinatown itself is always a riot of color.  I was so happy the lanterns were still up for Chinese New Year.  We had a fun trip to the botanical gardens and conservatory.  Such a wonderful time and great color inspiration for quilting!

Monday, March 2, 2015

By the Sea






































































































































































I am home from three weeks of traveling.  I had a unique opportunity that will probably not happen again.  Three trips back to back.  I started out in Manasota Key.  It was just what this girl from frigid Michigan needed to get back on track with life.  Hunting for shark teeth, cocktails in the sun, laughter and exploring with friends and hexie making in between.  I even read two books.  I'm hoping the time in the sun will get me through to spring.  I'll be back to take you to the next stop.  Happy Monday!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bubbles Quilt




















































































I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new fabric line, "Milk, Sugar & Flower" by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics.  It is the most darling collection of florals, birds and animals.  As soon as it arrived I started looking for just the right quilt pattern.  When I saw this pattern, I knew I had found it.  Based on a vintage quilt, McCall's Quilting released this pattern called "Baby Bubbles" as a web bonus back in their May/June 2014 issue.  It can be easily found by going to their website and clicking on the tab "Bonuses".  Then just scroll down to the appropriate issue.  The quilt was very fun to make.  Appliqued circles set in between narrow strips of sashing in the most blush of pink fabric.  I used fusible web and machine blanket stitched the bubbles to the background.  I added an extra row of bubbles to make the quilt a bit larger.  I could not be more pleased with how it turned out.  I have some other fun plans for this fabric line.  Be sure to visit Elea's website for some gorgeous eye candy!