Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Silver Lining

The silver lining of all the winter weather we've been having (and continue to have - it's only 32 today) is that I'm forced to stay inside and work on my projects!  This month I've gotten out some spring projects and finished them.
This Easter redwork pillow was a free pattern from Kaaren at The Painted Quilt awhile back, and I had the stitchery done, so I finally got it made into a pillow in time to display this year.  I love how it turned out.  Kaaren has lots of fun free patterns - if you aren't familiar with her blog, it's worth your time to check it out!  She has a new spring pattern up now.

Last year I won a giveaway from Buttermilk Basin.  There were two items in the giveaway, and I got the towel finished.
This rabbit does have an eye, but it's black and doesn't show up very well in the picture.  The rabbit is wool, on a pretty spring towel.  I started the other project I won, but it isn't quite finished yet.

It's been way too cold to go out shopping, so I've been shopping in my sewing room cabinets.  I'm amazed at what I'm finding!  This chick table mat kit was one of my finds, so I made it for spring.  Who knows what else I have hidden away that I've forgotten about!  The stores are probably missing me, but I think I could keep busy for years on what I've already bought.

And I've been working on the blocks from the Tone It Down quilt in American Patchwork and Quilting.  All the blocks are done now and set together, but I don't have a recent picture.  The pattern shows up a lot better once the blocks are set together.  I like how this turned out, but it's a little small for a bed, so I think I'll have to add a border or two, so it's not quite done yet.

The Country Threads UFO Challenge number this month was #4, which is my Primitive Gatherings Summer Freebie 2013 quilt, so I'm in the middle of quilting that and hope to have it finished yet this month.  I love these challenges - it really helps me to focus on one project!

My friend Donna at Brynwood Needleworks is having a 5th blog anniversary giveaway, so hop over to her blog and sign up. I really enjoy her blog.  Donna used to have a store here, and I was her customer, and then she was my customer later when I had a store.  Now we're long-distance friends who get together to go quilt shopping once a year.  It's a fun way to keep in touch!


  1. Nice job Kathy on Kaaren's Easter redwork, she does such lovely things to share with us.

    Your bunny and chicks are also nicely done and in time to celebrate this year in style.

    It looks to be a wet and rainy weekend so I'm going to do some wool work this afternoon, thanks for the inspiration.

  2. You have some lovely Spring projects here! Your tone it down quilt is just so make me want to make one!

  3. I found my Easter stitchery little mat that I made just this morning. Kaaren's design has such a nice spring look and the stitching was easy. I see you made yours into a pillow.

  4. Nothin' like a Wisconsin winter forcing one to finish WOP's... and you had me giggling at shopping in your own closet... isn't it amazing how we forget what we have???
    Cute Easter projects... you will be ready!
    I like your Tone It Down quilt... I'm with Lesley... makes me want to make one!