Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring & Skirts

About a month ago on a cold snowy Sunday, Maggie and I sewed a couple of simple skirts together. She sewed one for herself and I made a matching one for Lyla. They were made with a fun splattering floral that she picked out at Joann's a while back. I was reminded that sweet, simple skirts really are the best. And these turned out so bright and breezy, much like Spring.

On what was probably the first real warm day this year, they both put them on. They slapped on their rainboots and ran around the backyard for a bit, holding hands, and giving their bare legs a taste of the warmer air. Later that day, we went for a short walk to the lake. The kids slipped off their shoes and put their toes in the cool water, and searched for golden rocks.

The onset of Spring this year has felt pretty amazing. We've had more sunny, warmer days than not over the past week or so and I find myself dashing for the outdoors as soon as I see the sunlight filling our backyard. Sitting on the deck, knitting, watching the kids wander around in the woods or kicking the soccer ball. Soaking in the warmth and feeling it kick out some of the lingering greys from winter. Feeling hopeful for Spring. Only four more days...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Starbright Christmas Quilt

I totally had this quilt top all packed up until December, when I felt I might be a little more inspired to finish it up properly. But, today I looked out my window and saw this scene...a few inches of lingering slushy snow on the ground, a small downed pine tree (thanks to last week's storm) laying across our yard, and sun beaming through the tall trees. Nevermind that it was 60 degrees out. It just looked like Christmas...or at least the Christmas of books and movies and greeting cards...because we never have snow on Christmas. Or, in March for that matter.  

So, here, I dragged my oldest child to hold the quilt for five minutes.

This quilt was made from a pattern called Starbright, part of the online Angled class I took last Fall, taught by Rachel of Stitched in Color. I made a smaller version, measuring about 46" square. My plan is to add a border, so that it's perhaps a nice size to show off on the back of the couch.

Aside from a few adorable Alexander Henry Christmas prints, I used mostly stash fabrics in this quilt top. It was nice to use up some fabric! The background is XOXO in ghost from Cotton and Steel - a print that I'm using constantly in my sewing. It's so good!

I really learned so much in Rachel's class. I don't think I would've taken on a quilt like this otherwise. And, I don't think I could've gotten perfect points like this with traditional, machine piecing otherwise. Whoop!

Actually, I like this quilt so much more now, seeing it in these photos. There is something about stepping back and seeing color in a new way. The colors are fun and bright and perhaps a bit out of my comfort zone. But, I do love how cheerful they all look together. Looking forward to finishing it up...in about 9 months!

So, I guess I'll give a small hooray for snowy, sunny days in March. Look what else I caught with my camera today? My little gal romping around in one of her new dresses!