Spring is breaking out here in Maryland. The leaves are unfurling so fast, I think I can almost hear them if I listen closely. All of nature seems to have jumped out of winter’s sleepy bed and into spring’s lively exercise. I am so inspired that I, too, will rush from my cozy sewing room where I quilt all winter. I will run (slowly) to my lovely rocking chair on the porch, where I will quilt all summer. Hey, it may not sound exciting, but I am like a turtle overjoyed with the new spring weather.
Do you want to feel like a tree growing it’s spring leaves? When you sew these, your own leaves can take form while the real ones around you open up. So you will feel even more a part of nature!
This pattern is called Elizabeth’s Tree. I named it for my daughter, who loves to sit under trees and read books. Here is the pattern available in my shop.
I feel a bit guilty about the last blog post. All I gave you were old TV memories. Today I will make it up to you. I chose yesterday’s three most popular free downloads from my Craftsy pattern store to share with you.
You can download this rabbit for free on Craftsy right here.
You can find this raccoon for free on Craftsy right here.
Here is the link to the free snail pattern on Craftsy.
There are 101 patterns in my Craftsy pattern shop. Come check them out on Craftsy. (Search Marylandquilter)
Why is it every time a major holiday rolls around, snippets of silly songs from my childhood pop in my head? I think of Christmas and all of sudden I’m humming “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”. Halloween brings to mind the scary drumbeat soundtrack from The Wizard of Oz when the witch says, “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!”.
Today I was deciding the title for this Easter blog post and, naturally, I started singing the Peter Cottontail song. So, my Easter gift to you are old TV memories. In the classic words of Porky Pig, “That’s all folks”.
Are you looking for a sweet spring quilt to make or give? Here’s one with pretty flowers and Peter Cottontail:
This is a very fun quilt to make. It goes together fast, is full of colorful fabric and, best of all, it’s guaranteed to look great! Here is the pattern and here is the quilt .
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the patron saint of Ireland, here are a few green items available at Maryland Quilter:
The dragon above reminds me of another famous saint, St. George, who slayed the dragon and rescued the princess. My green dragon is part of a quilt, the pattern and quilt are available in the shop, here.
Wouldn’t a green kitchen set of 2 pot holders and 2 tea towels be the perfect way to welcome spring in your home? You can find them here
What a lucky baby or grownup if they get a blanket like this one! Beautiful green and so so soft. It’s available at Maryland Quilter.
It’s bitter cold this morning in Maryland, wayyyy below average. I looked out my window and the birds are slow to come to the feeder because of the cold. For an instant I was afraid for them, that they would freeze on the branches. But then common sense took hold. They have been cold before and will be fine. God takes care of them.
What are you afraid of? Whatever you fear, it probably won’t happen. Fear is a liar. I tell myself that and have a poster to remind me.
Here is a quilt and pattern I made awhile back. It features some of the chilly animals I care about:
The quilt and the pattern are available in the shop here .
Fall is the season of squirrels. Everywhere I look, there they are running up and down the tree trunks. I love them all, even the ones that figure out how to raid my bird feeders. It’s amazing to me how the animals have a complex society in my backyard. They live, fight, love and die right outside my window, whether I notice or not.
So here I am, sewing virtual squirrels on baby quilts, while the real squirrels carry on outside my window.
This baby quilt is available in my shop, here
Free shipping on everything for the holidays!
What is the best size for a baby blanket or quilt? I’ve been asking myself that question for a couple years and I have the answer: Babies need some of every size. When they are newborn and need swaddling, bigger is better so their feet don’t stick out. When they are in the stroller, smaller is better so it doesn’t drag on the floor. When they start to crawl, any size works.
I have many large baby blankets in the shop. Now I’m stocking the virtual shelves with smaller stroller quilt blankets. Here is one of the newest and cutest, with Frog and Toad fabric:
And since I’m still stuck on Halloween, here is a bats quilt:
Frog and Toad is available here
Halloween bats quilt and the pattern are in the shop here
A couple weeks ago I said that I was done sewing Halloween quilts for this year. Then last week I made another one. Then I fell off the wagon again and made one more. This quilt began innocently enough with a yard of Alexander Henry’s Ghastlie Garden (This is the flower print on the top of the quilt). It isn’t really Halloween because it’s just gray and flowers, right? But I wanted more and I happened to have some of this really cool Ghastlie Grounds print which has interesting rows of ghastlie pictures, Sebastian the cat, and gothic garden stuff. Since flowers grow in gardens and the fabrics went together so well, I just had to make yet another ghastlie quilt. So here it is:
Here is a detail of part of the bottom of the quilt with a handmade black fringe:
I make no more guarantees that I’m done with Halloween until November, then I’ll be done. The quilt is available in the shop, here
I have a new great nephew named Elijah, (Eli for short). I just love the babies that are sprouting out in my extended family tree. I now have 3 great nieces and 3 great nephews. You know I only want more so that I can make more baby quilts for them, right? I’ve decided to name some of these baby quilts after the babies that inspired me and they get the original quilt as a bonus. So today, it’s Eli’s turn.
Here is Eli’s Super Duper Amazing Animal Quilt:
And here is a detail of the fox block:
The quilt pattern and each of the individual animal block patterns are available in my shop
Eli gets the quilt, of course:)
Linking up to a great blog this week: Stitch by Stitch
Last Sunday was my father’s 80th birthday party. We were sitting around a picnic table enjoying the spring breeze, when my niece asked me about my latest quilt project.” I’m making a pond quilt,” I said. Everyone got quiet, trying to figure out what I said and what that could possibly look like.
Well, here is how it starts, with a quilter’s blank canvas. For me, my best quilts often begin with the background :
I love having the fabrics cut, the backing done, the batting already in the center, the pins securing everything in place. Then I can put all the details on the top, layer after layer. My pond scene will have a duck, beaver, frog, turtle, and dragonfly quilting. Can you imagine it?
Here is the duck, coming to life:
In my next post, the quilt will be finished– come back and see it!