Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Spring is in the Air

 Spring is a fickle season, don't you think?  It's cold one day, warm the next.  Sunny in the morning, snowing by nightfall.  I'm not complaining.  I can take springs mood swings because I know it won't be long until the flowers start blooming and everything turns green again. Until then I can make my own bit of sunshine in the Studio.

This weeks weather is looking pretty yukky.  There might be a couple days where I can squeeze in a little veggie garden prep.  The Farmer's Almanac says I should have already planted a few things but I think I'm going to wait for the late spring planting for my above ground veggies like peas.  Maybe this afternoon would be a good time to plant the radishes and beets.  The rest of the week is looking pretty soggy.

I went out on the back porch this morning to get a feel for todays weather.  Sometimes temperatures can feel warmer or colder depending on the wind and humidity.  It was crisp this morning but not freezing.    This mornings sunrise was gorgeous.  Do you take time everyday to watch the sunrise?   It's a nice way to start the day. Letting the eyes see the sunrise every morning helps set our circadian rhythm which is good for our health or so they say.  It can't hurt to try and maybe get to see a beautiful start of the day.  Today was a real beauty.  Lots of reds and purple.  A picture is never as good as the real thing.

Red in the morning, sailors warning.  Maybe it should be...Red at daylight, quilters delight!  

Yes, I'm delighted to be stitching up more gingham porch quilts.  Cutting and piecing the yellow and pink quilts at the same time seemed like a good plan.  I love the two colors together.  So springy!  Assembly line sewing or chain piecing makes quick work of these 2 quilts.

The instructions for this free pattern called for making large width of fabric strip sets.  I found this to be hard to subcut into accurate strip sets afterwards.

Cutting and piecing squares works better for me.  Whatever works right?  Counting the squares was very simple quilt math.

Well, it was working until I forgot that each row starts and ends with the same color.  

So me and Jack had a little quality time.  

If you choose to make one of these gingham quilts using my method of piecing squares.  Make sure you set aside 6 medium squares and 7 dark to be sewn to the end of each row.

It took a little over an hour to sew sets of two, remember that included a little ripping.  The plan for today is to get the rows stitched together for both colors.  

But before working on the gingham quilts I need to get busy quilting the scrap buster baskets quilt.  She needs to be quilted and off the frame so I can quilt the gingham quilts when they are finished.

Before I go I wanted to share with you the song that ran through my mind this morning as I watched the sunrise.  Most of you will know this one.  

Hope you all have a lovely spring day!

Until next time...

I hope you find time to stitch up something sweet!



  1. What did sewists use before seam rippers, scissors? Happy stitching!

  2. Thank you - another quilt I've always thought about making. :) I got the free pattern, Quilters Candy tut, and your tut saved for 'when the times comes'!!


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