Monday, February 7, 2011

Thinking Spring

The groundhog says that spring is coming.  I have seen the signs.  It is light out until 5:00 pm and this morning I heard birds chirping and coco didn't just sit on the back steps, she laid down.

I hosted a sew day last week and my friend, Pauline, brought me this lovely yellow primrose.  I popped it into an empty tea tin for a instant little display.

We decided to get together and make this "pin minder".

It's from a book called "Bird in Hand" by Renee' Plain.  It has wonderful projects.

Here are the leaves and berries, cut from hand dyed wools.

We had a wonderfully sunny day to work.

We each completed the cylinder part and we'll get together again to finish it up.  Isn't it funny how with the same pattern they each have their own little personalities?

From the top it's mine, middle is Susan's and Pauline's is the red bird.  She is originally from South Africa and finds the Cardinal amazing when she sees them at my feeder.

I'm currently working on 2 challenge quilts and a doll quilt swap, so I can not share those at the moment.   I'm finishing up marking my Abe Lincoln quilt and hope to start machine quilting it this week.  I've chosen a different design for each round.

I hope you are enjoying fun quilting projects while you wait for spring!


Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

So many Lovelies! I cAN't wait TO see the Abe quilt quilted! BEAUTIFUL!

Teresa said...

I can't decide what is the most beautiful thing in this post...the flower, the project, or the SUNSHINE!! Ain't no spring in my backyard. We got a surprise 6 inches on Saturday (all the local weathermen missed calling it because they were all off and recovering from the blizzard earlier in the week). There is so much snow in my yard, it is hard to even remember that there are daffodil bulbs under there somewhere!

I LOVE this project...I bought this book and I just can't decide what to do first!! There are so many cool things in there. I can't wait to see them all finished up!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Janet said...

What a fun project to work on with friends! I love the primrose in the tin - I might have to copy that idea - I could use some color here today!

Lori said...

Your borders are going to be perfect! Did you happen to have the stencils that fit perfectly?

I made that same pinkeeper. It was a fun project.

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, that little pin keeper is adorable. Looks like some fun projects. And some hand quilting in your future maybe?

Karen said...

The pin minder design is a hit with me!

Barb said...

Lots of fun things going on over there!!!

Vivian said...

Teresa and I are thinking in the same wintery frame of mind. (That doggone snow takes over our minds!)
Your SUNSHINE is wonderful. I can almost feel the warmth on my face and hands as I look at that photo, thinking about working at the table.
Wonderful projects going on!

Maureen said...

Tazo Zen green tea is one of my favorites for my late afternoon tea break. Love the photo of the activity around your table. That pin keep is adorable! Like what you are planning for the Abe quilt. Wow, you've really gotten a lot done this year!

Kathie said...

oh what a cute pinkeep I never seem to make those, hmm not sure why.
LOVE the way your going to quilt ABE good for you, glad its going to get done soon, that is such a wonderful quilt.
I think I need to go buy a bunch of fresh flowers today, yellow tulips maybe? I am looking forward to seeing the green grass again

Crispy said...

I can understand the joy of seeing a cardinal, I loved seeing them when visiting my sister in Michigan. I love the quilting choices you made for Abe's quilt :0)


Em said...

I love seeing the sunshine playing on the table with your crafting and the shadows that form. And the quilting is going to be marvellous by the layouts! Have fun.

Sujata said...

I love those birds! Such a happy post! yes, the spring is around the corner.
I love the picture of the table. Looks like every little notion hard at work!

Ann Champion said...

It's hard to believe Spring is just around the corner. I'm not seeing signs here yet!
I love the pin keep you all are doing, and they do seem to have their own personalities?
I love your plan for the Abe quilt. I look forward to seeing that one quilted. :)

Ann said...

It is fun to read your blog! Thanks :D

cartulinas said...

Love the birds!
I have some signs of spring in the shape of muscaris.... But I'm from Spain Lol

Quilts And Pieces said...

You make the best things! This is adorable!

Sandra Henderson said...

Looks so inviting! So pretty!
I have finally figured how to post photos! Xo

libbyquilter said...

oh sweet~!~that primrose in the tea tin is just the little injection of "spring" i needed for today~!!~

the bird pin keeps are wonderful and it is amazing to see the differences within the similarities of these . . .


Lynda said...

Here in the UK the snowdrops are up, and I also have crocuses in my garden too. The sun was shining earlier, and they were lifting their golden faces up to the heavens. It's a great time of year!

Chris said...

Lovely blog! I'm glad I got directed here from Fat Quarters.
Are you marking your quilt with Crayola Washable Markers? If so, have you used them before? If so, I imagine they wash out well? Any hints for me if I decide to use them also?

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