Happy Spring…

Yes…it’s been six weeks…going on two months. I’m just not good at posting often. I hope you will all forgive me for the times you visited and found nothing new. But….I HAVE been enjoying my retirement.

I am slowly working on “Briar Rabbit.” Love him, but he’s really tedious. It’s a Cedar Hill pattern (I love their patterns), but can’t wait to have him done and framed. I wanted to do a rabbit for Easter, but I must not be in the mood. Perhaps my focus has been more on quilting lately. Ahhh…whereever the spirit pours out the creativity I guess.

Here’s a peek at the quilt top I have created for our new baby granddaughter-to-be due to arrive in July. Her name is going to be “Maya” and her Mom likes Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit……so……here are some of the blocks. Here’s Peter….with an embroidered flower garland….

and here’s Johnny Town Mouse, Hunca Munca and Tom Thumb….

and some pretty flowers….

and here’s Nutkin smelling the embroidered flower…

and some hearts and birds and pretty scrolls….

and here’s Jemima Puddle-Duck and friend….

along with a lunch basket and some carrots…

another flower…..

and voila…..the quilt top waiting to be quilted.

The block patterns came from the book “More William Morris Applique” by Michelle Hill. Her pattern was made with William Morris fabrics. I wanted something more pastel and I wanted to make it larger. So I added sashing where there was none….and I added the blocks with the letters to spell the name “Maya.” I drew the letters by hand. And because it was so very pastel I also added the flange cording around the blocks and sashing. It helps to separate something so pastel that does not have a lot of contrast. The blocks were machine appliqued.

There will soon be a baby shower and I hope the top is quilted and complete in time for the big day. It was a lot of fun to make and prodded my creative touch with the changes I made to the pattern. It now measures about 40 x 50.

And last but not least….I made a new cushion (approx. 16″ x 50″) for my son and daughter-in-law’s foyer bench. A request that somehow remained set aside for more than a year. It feels good to check things off the to-do list.

I pray all of you are enjoying warmer weather and hints of Spring. My walks on these warm days are delightful and inspiring. Back to the rest of the “to-do” list….

Til next time……Amities, Averyclaire


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 01:33:39

    Oh, what a delightful quilt that will be. Jemima Puddleduck is one of my favourites


  2. Nanouanne
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 02:03:41

    Oh la la! This baby quilt is fantastic. I love it. Your creative juice is at the top level, I see. Congratulations!
    I like the little rabbit also, it is cute with so many shades of brown.
    have a nice spring. Indeed it is warmer here as well.


  3. Jackie
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 04:47:35

    So glad to hear you’re enjoying retirement!

    The baby quilt is a beauty and I’m sure it will be much loved. Adding her name is a very special touch!


  4. Margaret
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 06:27:42

    It’s good to hear you’re enjoying your retirement! Love your rabbit xs WIP — it’s so pretty! That quilt though — whoa, it’s gorgeous! So wonderful — what a special quilt this is for your future granddaughter!


  5. Carol
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 07:08:21

    The little rabbit is darling and the quilt is just precious…What a wonderful keepsake for your little Maya. She will be one lucky baby to have a grandma like you who can create such pretty things for her 🙂


  6. Marjorie
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 13:43:54

    Wow! you’ve been busy! I love the quilt.


  7. Siobhan
    Mar 29, 2011 @ 05:11:19

    That is one lucky little baby! 🙂 What a gorgeous quilt!! Oh, how neat–and a true labor of love. Beautiful stitching and cushions, too!


  8. Debbie
    Mar 29, 2011 @ 10:18:54

    I’m so in awe of your quilt. It’s just beautiful! A real labor of love and and heirloom to be kept for years to come.


  9. colour du jour
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 23:55:43

    your grandbaby quilt is just…delightful. I bet you had much enjoyment making it, too. The flange is a nice touch, I would have never thought of doing something like that. Love it all.


  10. Jacquelynne
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 14:58:41

    Love the baby quilt- it’s so original- I love that you put her name right on the quilt. I used to do a lot of counted cross stitch but found it to be, like you said, tedious. Now I do embroidery and punch needle- you have to use your brain a lot less!


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