Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Thinking (Cautiously) of Spring

This is our second consecutive day of lovely, warm sunshine (yippee!) which makes me think spring is definitely on the way (albeit probably very slowly up here near the tundra), and if I'm going to get more time to do some quilting, March is the month to do it in.


Above is the wall next to the back entrance we go in and out of 99% of the time.  That little rectangular, rusted tin sign above the light switch says "Let It Snow" and will have to be replaced with something more seasonal soon.


A couple of days ago I finished a small quilted wall hanging using some soft, pastel colors.  These colors are not the usual ones with which I prefer to work, but I was going for light and spring-like for the piece.


The block I used is Mosaic Rose and worked up quickly. 


Once I had the little wall hanging finished, I realized it reminded me a lot of a piece I did in the same color motif (although using totally different fabrics) years ago.  The quilt group I belonged to at the time did a "challenge" piece every year that we unveiled at our annual Christmas/Holiday dinner.  The year I did this one, which is a derivation of the Grandmother's Fan block, we challenged ourselves to do something with curves or circles.

The new wall hanging is not on the wall yet.  The month of March is bound to bring us more snowfalls, for sure.  So my "Let It Snow" sign has a couple/few more weeks to occupy its present spot before it gets replaced for another year.

15 comments:

Laurie said...

Your quilting is beautiful! Hope spring comes soon for you. We've had quite a few sunny days. Looks like it's here to stay for us. I hate to think of all the pollen that's coming, though.

Mama Pea said...

Thanks, Laurie! We don't have much pollen up here nor am I bothered by it, but I sure can have sympathy for you in your area and the discomfort it brings. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Your quilting is so pretty. I have a sign in my kitchen saying Flakes Welcome. We are expecting snow tomorrow couple of inches. March weather gotta love it!
Sue

Rain said...

I love your key holder, it's so charming. March is ROARING in here, it's quite unbelievable. My boyfriend and I are considering giving up shoveling and just waiting it out and letting the sun do some work...well, that's in our dreams...maybe a snow blower next winter should find its way into the budget!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I really like the purple and green shades together, very spring-like (crocuses and new shoots of grass!) Hope Spring is on its way, but we just got a huge dump of snow a day ago. Sigh. -Jenn

Kristina said...

Beautiful work! I love the colors. I think we will get snow tomorrow, and rain is coming. Lots of it.

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Thank you! We're expecting snow today but just flurries. The good thing is that any snow we get now doesn't build up too much but rather melts as the sun and warmer days are appearing.

Mama Pea said...

Rain - It's that time of year when you aren't as eager to get out there and keep the paths shoveled free of snow! We've thought about a small snow blower for keeping our frequently traveled areas free of snow, too.

Susan said...

Wow! That Grandmother's Fan Block is beautiful! I didn't even know you could quilt in circles! I love the colors, too. Very lovely and spring-y.

Mama Pea said...

Jenn - I like your analogy of the colors representing crocuses and shoots of grass!

Huge dumps of snow can happen a lot in March!

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - After last year, you must absolutely cringe when you hear of lots of rain coming!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Yep, it's possible to quilt in circles . . . and not even that hard. Ready for another lesson?? ;o]

Rain said...

For now our pathway from the house to the driveway is getting narrower and narrower!

Val said...

Beautiful Work.

Mama Pea said...

Val - Thank you very much!