3.14.2009

Spring? Not quite.

It's still a bit chilly out to feel spring-like, but Jaxon would like to present a little spring in quilt form.


This is the quilt I made for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap Monochromatic Challenge. The recipient only specified color, not season. I had remembered this tutorial on one seam flying geese. The bright green rows of geese reminded me of the return of flocks we see in the Midwest around this time of year. I added the "swirl" of quilting to symbolize the brisk winds that sometimes precede them, and called it "Spring Migration."

Here is the back. I pieced the scraps that were left when I cut the geese, and added one white block to serve as the label.


I did cheat *a bit.* The challenge was to use only shades of one color with black or white. I went for navy, both in the binding and the quilting. There's something very "clean" to me in the combination of spring green and navy blue...I think it was worth breaking the rules.

I had a good mail call week. I won a giveaway from Diane of Bee Square Fabrics. This *adorable* charm pack found its way to my house -- all Japanese kawaii. Thanks, Diane, I already have a plan for it!


And, remember earlier in the year, I decided this would be the year I decide if I am going to like knitting? Well I haven't picked up a needle, but I had been vocally coveting these mitts. Well, it's good to have friends who love to knit. A surprise package came from Courtney that contained these...


Oh, they are so beautiful and soft -- the photo doesn't do the color justice. Thank you so much, Courtney! They look *fabulous* with my read coat, and I look forward to warmer weather when I can pair them with my denim jacket!

11 comments:

highwaycottage said...

Ohh, nice gloves. I was lucky enough to do a swap for some similar ones last year. I can't wait till its cold enough to wear them again. Love the geese quilt.

Stephanie said...

Cute little quilt. Yes, Navy and that shade of green is very crisp and refreshing! :o)

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh Beth, that quilt is adorable! (Love cute little Jaxon holding it too!) No remember...just 'cause you have those pretty wrist warmers, doesn't mean you don't need to knit LOL!

The WoodLand School said...

You're welcome! I had so much fun knitting these for you : )

And Thimbleanna is right ... you still need to learn to knit! Perhaps these will serve as inspiration???

Jackie said...

I love your flying geese quilt including the choice of colors and will check out the tutorial you linked!

MJ said...

Great swap project! I agree that it was well worth cheating to include the navy with the spring green! Rules are meant to be broken!

Cathy said...

love the quilt especially the colours just stunning and I do love that knitting - it doesn't get cold enough here to wear those (not for me anyway)

kirsten said...

i LOVE those charm squares! lucky!

(and happy belated birthday - we're the same age!)

Allison said...

I love this little quilt! Very cute, I have yet to try that pattern. I think I will try your method of attatching a Minky back next time, except I did that once awhile back and it ended up really loose. Probably my bad basting skills again. ANyways thanks for stopping by and I'm going to keep browsing your blog! -Allison

mellyandrosie said...

What cute fabric squares!!! I think you will have a lot of fun with those and I love the mitts!!! I am thinking I should invest in some this year as winter is not too far away.

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