Saturday, April 7, 2018

Quilting brings the cheer when the weather is something to fear!


The calendar might say April 7, but in central Minnesota we are still experiencing winter. Mother Nature hit us with nine new inches of snow last weekend, and the weather man is predicting more snow this weekend. Ugh!  Quilt making and decorating with quilts is my refuge as I wait for sunshine, green grass, flowers and warm breezes.

Right now our guest bedroom is the most sunny room in the house. It literally gets the best afternoon light, but I've also added sunshine to the room with my quilts. Above the daybed I've hung my "Flower Tile" quilt, providing instant cheer. 


My mom is the only regular visitor to the guest room, but I know she appreciates the effort. Plus, this room is home to my fabric closet, so I go in there quite often for a "pick me up" as well.


Maybe you need a cheery quilt in your life too!  If so, I do happen to have just two "Flower Tile" kits left on my Etsy Shop.  Flower Tile is a charm pack friendly quilt that finishes 44 1/2" square. It makes a great wall hanging or table topper.  

My kits feature the newest Fig Tree & Company collection, Ella and Ollie. They include everything you need for the top, backing and binding. One kit includes the milk floral as backing, and the other kit includes the daisy turkey tracks as backing.



In other quilting news, this weekend I am playing with beautiful fabric by Keera Job for Riley Blake Designs. This new collection called Grandale (pictured below) will be available in stores soon. Aren't the florals just magnificent? On April 19 I will reveal my finished project as part of the Grandale Blog Hop. I hope you will check back, because I just may be offering a new free pattern at that time!


Finally, I have four quilts back from the quilter, so I have several evenings of binding ahead of me. Thankfully, I do enjoy hand binding. I find it relaxing and it also keeps my fingers out of the snack bowl and my mind off of the yucky weather, at least temporarily. This is just a cute shot of the bindings I've prepped. Did you notice the cute pincushion ring? Such a fun little gift from my sister.



I nearly forgot to mention that I am also running a PAPER PATTERN SALE this month on my Etsy Shop! Select paper patterns are 20% off during the month of April. Sale prices are marked!

I hope the weather is better in your neck of the woods. But if not, please join me in spirit and get carried away quilting!

~Taunja 


14 comments:

  1. Hi Taunja, oh my goodness, will your winter never end? I do have to thank you though, with your cold weather we are having a prolonged spring down here on the Panhandle of Florida. I did grow up in upstate New York and still have family up that way, so I can feel your pain. It is a rain maker here today though, I’m looking forward to it. All day sew fest! Your Mom must love coming to visit you, beautiful guest room you have set up for her.I hope the sun Will be shining on you soon. The flowers blooming and the birds chirping , Until then Thank the lord for fabric!! Best wishes xx/oo

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    1. Hi Barbara! Your comment here brought cheer to my day. Thank you! I'm a few days late in replying, but I hope you had a fun sewing on your rain day. Right now that sounds heavenly . . . windows slightly open, the sound of rainfall mixed with the sound of a sewing machine! :) Yes!!

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  2. What a cheery atmosphere you create - love it! Our Winter doesn't want to stop either, but it will have to, right!?!

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    1. Oh gosh, hang in there Sigi! We are supposed to get more snow this weekend . . . coming from Montana. I hope none of it swirls up to you as well!

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    2. Big ice storm today - universities even cancelled all their exams which is huge. Thinking of you too - stay safe!

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  3. All the heart eyes for this post! That Riley Blake fabric is just devine. I am a lover of pretty things and that fabric makes me squeal!! Can't wait for your reveal! I'll be on pins and needles waiting!

    With regard to your weather, ack! We get snow, but a mere 1" to 3" if that. Today is rainy and dreary! You need to move to Cali! *wink*

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    1. I have never been to CALI! Bucket list! I hope all is well with you. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by. Make sure you squeeze in a bit of sewing time FOR YOU!! :)

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  4. I just love your patterns and color choices. Your quilts fit my style to a T! Just beautiful. Love a gingham binding too!

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    1. Thank you so so much! :) Such a nice thing to hear!

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  5. And by the way, it is snowing here in Niagara Falls this morning! Will winter ever go away?!

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    1. Oh gosh! Feel bad for you! I am beginning to wonder! MN is supposed to be getting a hug snowstorm again this weekend--MID APRIL. ARGH!!

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  6. We had the fluffiest, sparkliest, prettiest snow of the winter yesterday, too! Crazy, this is way too late for snow! Thanks for the springy inspiration, and lovely bindings! Love the block under the bindings, too. Do you have a pattern for that one? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Malinda! I'm sorry I didn't see this message right away! The block on my counter is from Sherri Falls book called "Holiday Wishes" published by It's Sew Emma / Fat Quarter Shop! :)

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  7. Pretty projects and great idea,Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing !

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