Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bringing Spring Inside

Since it certainly doesn't look like spring outside . . .


This is the road going back to our wood working area.


The view out a kitchen window last Sunday morning.

. . . I decided I needed to make it look like spring inside.


This is a wall hanging I made several years ago.  A Log Cabin block in pastel 30s prints.  It hangs in "that" spot in my kitchen.  Machine pieced, hand quilted, 32" square.

I wanted something that would kinda sorta coordinate with it to hang under the kitchen clock.


I came up with this 16" square piece that I finished today.  The center pot of flowers is hand appliqued, the rest is machine quilted.  I call it "Easter Tulips."


Welcome Spring Time!  Even if it is only indoors.

26 comments:

Sue said...

Gorgeous! (The quilts,NOT the snowy scene)
You've got such talent with quilting. I envy that--I think that would be such a relaxing hobby. Then again, maybe trying to match up all those pieces ISN'T relaxing??????
Well, it's downright purty, that's for sure.

Yesterday we hit 52!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That snow I woke up to lasted like a whole 4 hours and then POOF! You should have seen my happy dance!
:D

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Thank you! You're right, quilting is a very relaxing hobby for me. It centers and calms me and when I go for a period when I can't get in my quilt room, I get very cranky.

Fifty-two degrees? Outside? Gosh, we haven't seen that since last . . . last . . . ?? Summer?! Just gray, wintry mix for us the last few days. Maybe Mother Nature will fool with us this April Fool's Day and give us nice weather. Ha!

Kristina said...

Beautiful! I love, love, love those bookshelves above the windows too.

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

I love your quilted pictures. A beautiful sign of spring inside your home:-)

Spring for your is around the corner, you can see the snow has melted as you head toward your wood working shop.
Hugs,
Sandy

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - I really like the bookshelves above the windows, too. We have so many books that we have had to find places to put them!

Mama Pea said...

Thanks, Sandy. Yes, the snow is really melting. If we could just get some days of sunshine, it would really disappear. We'll get more snow this month probably, but it won't last long. (I hope.)

Susan said...

What a difference a little spring makes - inside or out! I love the new piece!!

Lisa said...

Both are gorgeous and spring-like! Beautiful! Hope Spring heads your way soon.

DFW said...

Love those small quilts. I'm currently starting a table runner for myself, out of old linen napkins. I was thinking they would make a pretty square wall hanging. Might do that next.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

O Lawz. Hate seeing snow photos...I'm SO ready for spring. Today was spring "like"...warmish, sunny and I spent the day outside, ignoring the inside work.
It was Lovely!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Thank you, ma'am! I'm enjoying the color inside the house, but oh my, everything outside is still wet, cold, mud-colored, drab and dreary.! Bring on the sunshine and that would help a lot.

Mama Pea said...

Dear Lisa, it's bound to arrive sooner . . . or later. And we will welcome it when it comes!

Mama Pea said...

DFW - Oh, please do post pictures of your creations when you can. I'd love to see them!

Mama Pea said...

Thistle Cove Farm - One of our first outside projects this year is tearing off our old deck and putting on a new one. I have to tear out old flower beds on three sides before we begin, but I keep looking at the half frozen soil, snow, mud and muck and know it would be twice as hard to get started on it now. We really need some sunshine. Got any to spare? :o}

Ruth Dixon said...

Beautiful as always. By the way, I treasure my potholders, and chewed out my oldest daughter when one got a burned spot because she sat it on a hot burner. LOL

Mama Pea said...

Ruth - All you have to do is give me a slight hint and a new set of potholders will be on its way to you. I love to inflict them on people!!

You shouldn't be too hard on your daughter . . . I'm always glad to hear that the potholders are actually being used. That's what they're for!

It's a long drag to the landing said...

I heard Susan at e-i-e-o-m-g mentioned that she was preparing for a Minnesota visit. If that is true that she is coming all the way up here I would love to meet her. I read her blog all the time! But I know how fast visits go so don't stress about it.

Mark said...

The quilting projects look great! The colors do look springy even if the evil white stuff whose name shall not be spoken is still outside.

We're doing thunderstorms today, but nothing violent so far. It's just a little cool for that yet.

Mama Pea said...

It's a Long Drag . . . We will see what we can do if she makes it!

Mama Pea said...

Mark - Yep, maybe if we totally avoid looking at or acknowledging that evil white stuff whose name shall not be spoken it will GO AWAY!

Believe it or not, we had thunder rumbling in the skies last night right before dusk. That gave us pause to wonder what the heck was going to happen. What did happen? Nuthin'.

Leigh said...

Love, love, love your quilted wall hangings. One of these days I need to get out needle and thread again and do some creative handwork. I used to have several projects in the works at all times and then we bought this place. How things change!

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - I can relate! When we first moved up here, I went seven years without doing ANY handwork. Ugh.

Right now you DO have several projects in the works . . . just not handwork! I sure do look forward to seeing your artistry when the time comes for you to get back into it.

Sparkless said...

Well it certainly looks like spring in your house. Beautiful quilts. Quilting is one of the only crafts I've never actually tried. I should start work on a wall hanging just so I can say I've done quilting. LOL!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - A small wall hanging, or even a small piece to put under a vase or plant, would be a good place to start. Go for it! And post pictures, too!

Leah said...

This time of the year in Minnesota with the weather as crazy as it is it's about all you can do to get it looking like spring inside. Just tell that gardening bug to come back in a few weeks then you can play in the dirt!

Mama Pea said...

Leah - I don't know why we expect warm weather and gardening time to arrive earlier each year than it really does. You'd think we Minnesotans would learn! ;o}

I mentioned to my hubby last night that I had to put the Easter decorations away and he asked what I would put up next. Something "spring-ish" . . . some more than what is already up. We need all the help we can get, don't we?