Isn’t winter wonderful . . . at the beginning? That first snowflake; a blanket of fluffy white; a fresh, brisk bite to the air.
And then February arrives.
Oh, the hearts! The flowers! (Not to mention the chocolates!)
And suddenly, that familiar yearning returns: to spot a patch of green grass, to take in the scent of freshly turned soil, to find the first flower petals poking up from the ground. We begin to realize—could it be?—that winter is coming to a close.
And the countdown to spring begins!
Daffodil Tote Bag from Nature’s Beauty in Appliqué by Susan Taylor Propst
Sometimes the last weeks of winter can feel like years—but if you incorporate activities to enjoy while you’re waiting for warmer weather, they can whizz by. What do we quilters do? We thread our needles to sew the sun, we gather our fabrics to grow some flowers, and we create light and bright quilts to celebrate the coming of spring.
Today we’re sharing a few fun ways to stay happy during the last weeks of winter. Choose your favorite springtime scene below and stitch an ode to the season of new beginnings—we guarantee it will get you through these last 35 days until spring.
Who knows? If we all sew together, spring just might decide to arrive early this year!
Bring back the birds and bunnies
Spring Blossoms from A Change of Seasons by Bonnie Sullivan
Stitch some showy bouquets
Rebecca’s Quilt from Here Comes Spring by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks
What a showstopper for spring! We love how Jeanne and Shelley use rickrack to add life to their flower stems—check out their how-to video on how to sew rickrack on quilts (*sew* easy).
Celebrate the spirit of the season
My Enchanted Garden (from the book of the same name) by Gretchen Gibbons
Gretchen used yummy felted wools and her favorite bird, animal, and flower motifs to create this sonnet to spring—simply a masterpiece! But don’t be fooled. No-fray wool makes this beauty easier to stitch than you might think.
Stitch a springtime wreath
Rose Wreath from A Paper-Pieced Garden by Maaike Bakker and Françoise Maarse
Whether spread on a table, draped over a sofa, or hung on the front door, this long-lasting wreath will spread springtime cheer. In the book you’ll find other ways to personalize your wreath—make one for every season!
More wreaths from A Paper-Pieced Garden
Invite spring to the table
Iris Table Runner from Nature’s Beauty in Appliqué by Susan Taylor Propst
Fuse a fabulous flower garden
Crepe-Paper Poppies from Flower Show Quilts by Lynn Ann Majidimehr
Lynn was inspired to design this dazzler when she was reminded of a childhood art project—making paper poppies for Mother’s Day. Fusible appliqué makes the design easier than it looks. Doesn’t the patchwork make a perfect backdrop for these flowers?
We hope we inspired you with our sewing-for-spring roundup! For more flower quilt patterns, check out our “Flowers” category of books at ShopMartingale.com.
What excites you most about spring: the riot of colors, the return to the outdoors, the rising temperatures? Tell us in the comments!