Wintertime blues? Make springtime quilts! (+ sale)

Are you suffering from the wintertime blues? Is spring looking too far away to even dream about? Luckily, as quilters, we have the power to make it ANY season ANY time we wish. Spring is as close as your sewing room (or the dining room in my case!). And if you’re looking for ways to use your springtime fabrics, we have some great ideas for you in our sale-book offerings this week.

Flower Show QuiltsFlower Show Quilts by Lynn Ann Majidimehr features stunning floral appliqué on pieced backgrounds in quilts that range in size from a table runner to lap sized. And, while the patterns are to die for, this book is so much more than just patterns. Lynn shares all sorts of tips and tricks about her favorite sewing supplies, fabric selection, fusible and glue-basted appliqué, layering and basting your quilt, machine quilting, and finishing techniques.

Quilts from Flower Show Quilts
“Plaid Clematis” and “Summer Blooms” from
Flower Show Quilts

Quilts from Flower Show Quilts
“Jeweled Orchids” and “Asian Spider Mums” from
Flower Show Quilts

English Cottage QuiltsNow, if you’re looking not only for a new season but an escape from the doldrums of home, we can help with that too! English Cottage Quilts by Pamela Mostek will whisk you away to the English countryside with its charming storybook cottages and breathtaking gardens. So, brew yourself a “cuppa,” download this gorgeous book, and be transported!

Quilts from English Cottage Quilts
“Chintz Bouquets” and “Maggie’s Garden” from
English Cottage Quilts

Quilts from English Cottage Quilts
“A Proper Garden” and “Chain of Ivy” from
English Cottage Quilts

Quilts from English Cottage Quilts
“China Blue” and “Lavender Tea” from
English Cottage Quilts

Flower PotsIf you prefer your spring gardening projects to be indoors, how about some Flower Pots? This sweet little book by Cindy Lammon includes one quilt project that features seven different blocks. You can choose all or just a few of the blocks for lots of possibilities.

The Flower Pot Quilt
“The Flower Pot Quilt”

Quilt blocks from Flower Pots
Blocks 1 and 2: Flower Pot and Blooming Button Flower

Quilt blocks from Flower Pots
Block 6: Birds in My Garden

Quilt blocks from Flower Pots
Block 7: Pocket Full of Posies

Quick Watercolor QuiltsIf you love the look of watercolor quilts but are intimidated by the idea of arranging and sewing those tiny little squares, then check out Quick Watercolor Quilts by Dina Pappas. Dina has all kinds of great tips and tricks for making this normally tedious process a quick-and-easy one! The difference is in the unique methods for choosing the right fabrics and fusing your squares onto fusible gridded interfacing. Once those little squares are fused down, you can just sew straight seams so you get the same beautiful look with a lot less effort!

Quilts from Quick Watercolor Quilts
“Miniature Floral Heart Wreath” and “Christmas Wreath” from
Quick Watercolor Quilts

Quilts from Quick Watercolor Quilts
“Basket of Blooms” and “Picket Fence” from
Quick Watercolor Quilts

What season is it in YOUR sewing room? Tell us in the comments!

20 Comments (leave a comment)

  • It’s Christmas! Both my husband’s and my family celebrate late so I’m still finishing up the leftover gifts that I didn’t finish.

    —Cindy on January 20, 2014
  • That flower pot quilt cute. It’s spring in my studio — flowered quilt, full spectrum lighting and surrounded by brightly colored fabric!It may be gray outside, but it’s sunny here!

    Jean F on January 20, 2014
  • Chaos! 🙂 I’m in the middle of rearranging the wools in the closet, so there’s a hep of boxes on the floor..and little room to move.but it will be done by Spring..because then the gardening starts!

    —Carol on January 20, 2014
  • My sewing/quilting room is always whatever season it is in Michigan. Though we currently live in the one season (HOT) state of Florida, our hearts are still in Michigan. So it is still winter in all it’s snowy glory.

    —Karen B on January 20, 2014
  • My sewing room is normally equinox, full of color and value contrasts as the seasons transition from winter to spring. My current project is a table runner, 3 trees for each season. I really had to search my stash to find 3 summer fabrics that fit in. Fortunately, my stash has a few all-season fabrics that can be interpreted as "summer" if you squint.

    —Lynne on January 20, 2014
  • It is still warm here, just had a week of over 40 degree heat. My room needs some tidying up but sunny Australia doesn’t make it easy. Spring clean has to come early. Love your e-mails, inspiration is great.

    —Nancy Boyd on January 20, 2014
  • It’s the annual clean-and-reorganize event called "January"! I hate it and love it at the same time: I want to be SEWING, not cleaning. At the same time, the process uncovers fabric and projects I had forgotten about, and reinvigorates my enthusiasm. Winding it up now; it still feels endless, like "There’s MORE???" I LOVE having everything where it belongs!

    —Carol Barringer on January 20, 2014
  • The season in my quilting room is "Change"! I am in the process of moving to the community where my son and family and sister and family
    live….so I am reorganizing quilting in "Labeled Boxes" so they are
    ready to move into their new space. Mary Arline

    —Mary Arline Smith on January 20, 2014
  • It’s moving season. I’ve started packing up my things from the porch I share with a dormant exercise machine(my husband’s) as we are waiting for the permits to begin our long-needed renovation. In our previous home, I shared my sewing space with a motorcycle in the garage, so I’ve moved up some. In the house where we will be staying I only have to share a sewing room with our three cats, and possibly some storage, but I guess we share every room with 3 cats! When our "reno" is completed I will have a sewing room all to myself-can’t wait!

    —Rosemary on January 20, 2014
  • It’s "hurricane season," because I’m trying to get some previous projects done so that I can start a couple of new quilts for this Spring season.

    Jeanne on January 20, 2014
  • Although there is snow on the ground outside, it’s spring in my sewing room as I work a quilt for a friend. The main color is purple in 8 fabrics with flowers, spirals, dots, and geometric designs. Such a fun quilt to work on.

    —Virginia in AK on January 20, 2014
  • HURRICANE season because my fabrics, at present, are here, there, and every where while I’m looking for just the right fabrics for my Quilts of Valor project.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on January 21, 2014
  • the season is folk .I’m quilting mountian magesties using shirt fabric. (good will) English Cottage quilts would be my choice

    —jeanette on January 21, 2014
  • It may be a blizzard outside, with wind chills below zero, but in my sewing room it looks like summer! I’m working on a challenge for my quilt guild with a flower theme. My rendition has a three dimensional black cat on top of a table tipping over a basket of flowers! It’s going to be titled: 2013: Oops! Because it was a most challenging year for my family. Here’s to 2014!

    —Alice Hourihan on January 21, 2014
  • I think it’s Hurricane season in my sewing room! I have been going full blast for several months now without stopping to clean up between projects and it is getting quite disastrous now. I am currently on a countdown to make a big boy bed quilt for my youngest grandson who may decide to climb out of his crib any day now. When that quilt is finished I will force myself to do a huge sort out and tidy up before starting anew.

    —Pauline on January 21, 2014
  • My sewing room can best be described as "To everything there is a season." There’s a little Christmas to finish,3 grandkids with birthdays in Jan & Feb., Embroidery projects, UFOs, And a whole bunch of projects I just want to do when I have time(Ha Ha). Somehow the seasons never end and always continue on.

    —Louise Buker on January 24, 2014
  • It must be winter in my sewing room, because it is in desperate need of spring cleaning!

    —Beth T. on January 24, 2014
  • I love Louise’s description above: To everything there is a season. And every one of those seasons is laid out in full view in my sewing room. Christmas projects that didn’t get finished nor put away; a St Paddy’s day table runner from last year (maybe I can get it done in the next month); Halloween fabrics picked up on great sales, Valentine’s Day projects in work, etc. The great thing about seasonal sewing is that if it doesn’t get finished this year, I’ll get another chance next year!

    —Pearl on January 24, 2014
  • My sewing room is in a season of transition. I am blessed to be able to use an embroidery/sewing machine along with a serger so I am combining the attributes of each machine in making purses and learning to quilt!

    —Kam Watson on January 30, 2014
  • Tornado!

    —Chris Magel on April 11, 2014

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