Cherry Blossom Inspiration

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

I spent the last week in Washington, DC with my family, enjoying our Spring Break. And what a Spring Break it was – so much in bloom and blue sunny skies. We landed on March 26th, right at the cherry blossom peak.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

It was absolutely beautiful weather…and a Saturday…and we enjoyed walking the Tidal Basin with what felt like millions of our closest friends. 🙂

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

When I downloaded my photos off my camera yesterday, I decided I just had to make a cherry blossom fabric pull. The whites, delicate pinks, touch of green and orange, mixed with the blue skies. This would be perfect for a spring quilt.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

My kids were at a great age to explode Washington, DC. They earned 3 more Junior Ranger badges (National Mall and Memorial Parks, Ford’s Theater, and a special Cherry Blossom badge). They absolutely loved learning about our nation’s past and government, and seeing buildings and monuments that they had only read about in books.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

It was a *lot* of walking but I am really proud of how well everyone did! I really think everyone should take at least one trip to Washington, DC. (Maybe not during Spring Break, unless you love crowds!) The flowers are hard to resist though.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

I’m happy to be back home and in our routine again. The house is quiet, the kids are in school.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

If you emailed me or placed and order, thank you for your patience while I was away. I’m working on getting all caught up and back stitching at the machine.

A Moody Palette

Moody Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have a bit of new fabric in the studio this week. While I was perusing pictures from the last Quilt Market, I really fell in love with the Bluebird collection over at Cotton + Steel. No real surprise, as blue has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. I ordered a few of the prints, along with a great black and white design by Karen Lewis. Her Blueberry Park line has the best stash builders! I’m just a little paralyzed when it comes to picking my favorite colors and prints.

Moody Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I combined these new fabrics with some from my stash. I love the moodiness of this pull. I’m not entirely sure what to make with it yet. Simple patchwork squares would be nice, but I’ve done that a lot and wonder if I should come up with something different. Whatever I land on, I feel as if I can’t go wrong with this combination.

You can find Cotton + Steel Bluebird at the following shops:

Fabric Spark
Fat Quarter Shop
Lark Cottons
Gotham Quilts

You can find Karen Lewis Blueberry Park at the following shops:

Sew Modern
Fabric Spark
Fat Quarter Shop

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

I didn’t attend last Quilt Market, so I spent some time on Instagram following those who were there. I fell hard for Carolyn Friedlander’s new line, Carkai. I’m a huge fan of Carolyn’s designs. I think I’ve worked fabrics from all of her lines into various projects ~ Architextures, Botanics, Doe, and now Carkai. They are colors and designs that I just know will work when used together or combined with other designers ~ truly great stash builders!

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

The one thing I’ve regretted most with the past collections is not buying enough of it. When buying a full line of fabric, I generally buy a fat quarter set. There are just so many pieces in single fabric lines these days! But with Carolyn’s fabrics, I find that I run out of that fat quarter, and then suddenly the “perfect green” is out of print. So this time, I splurged on a half yard set. I’m so happy I did!

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

This is a fun pull from Carkai, with a representative from most of the colors. The full collection has a lot of prints that would make excellent additions to your low volume stash.

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

I can’t decide if I should make a full quilt featuring this line, combine it with other lines by Carolyn, or just continue to work pieces into my projects as I go. Maybe all three!

You can find Carkai at the following shops:

Gotham Quilts
Fabric Spark
Sew Modern
Lark Cottons
Fabric Please!
Fat Quarter Shop

Crosses and Losses

December is such a busy time here, but for some reason that reality hasn’t stopped me from making piles and piles of “future quilt” fabric stacks around my sewing space. Yesterday I spent the morning cutting into a variety of bright prints and making a sample Crosses and Losses quilt block.


Crosses and Losses is from the late 1800’s and was published in the Ladies Art Company quilt pattern booklets. I find vintage blocks so fun to make, thinking about quilters using them for over a hundred years.

For this quilt, I’m planning 8″ finished blocks and a scrappy, low volume background. (That will probably take me forever to cut out.) I think the bright colors will bring some cheer into my home during the long winter.