Vernal Equinox

It’s here!  It’s spring!  It’s snowing!  Actually, it’s a chilly but sunny spring day today but we did have a wintry day on the official vernal equinox.  In spite of that I was cheery with my new quilt I bought from Bellwether Dry Goods.  I’ve talked about Bellwether’s quilting service in other posts but this time I could not resist a Bellwether made quilt appropriately named, “Vernal Equinox.”

It is a new-made quilt from vintage fabrics hand quilted by a woman from their network of Amish and Mennonite quilters.  I love the combo of piecing and applique.  Doesn’t it just look like spring?

I took advantage of our late snowstorm to finally finish a few small quilts that just needed their binding.  The two “big” ones were quilted by Bellwether and I did the little one.  I love a hand quilted quilt – no matter what size it is.

This “T” quilt was a kit from Temecula Quilt Company.  I tried taking a picture of the back so you can see the hand quilting.

This red and green four patch has some “issues.”  Notice how it is a bit off center?  Apparently, I need to take that “measure twice, cut once” maxim more seriously.  I didn’t realize until I was rounding the last corner of binding that I made one side at least 1/2″ bigger than the other side.  At that point I needed to decide whether to take off the whole binding and cut the quilt or leave it.  No real decision at that point.  I left it.  Of course, it bugs me now but this quilt is destined to be displayed folded.  I also think the corners need some diagonal lines quilted into them to get rid of the poochy looking fabric.  Right now, however, I just don’t want to look at this one.

Another one of these.  I just keep making them because they are such a good way to use up those last little bits of fabric.  I’ve already got another one ready to be basted and quilted.

I’m binding one last little quilt.  I told Mother Nature I can get it done without her help.  Hopefully, there will be more to post soon.

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  1. Love the sweet cheery colors in your Spring quilt. Agree – best to take a few steps back and settle the mind. Just don't do what I did….my steps back from a problem quilt took place 2 years ago! Still love the fabric and really need to get friendly with it again.

  2. Oh, the Spring quilt is so pretty. It does make me think Spring is coming soon. What a great quilt. And your holy grail – I am still swooning over that one!

  3. Wow, what a perfect quilt for Spring–especially when it is still winter outside. It is wonderful!! Such beautiful quilting!
    Love your little quilts (of course).
    At least that little red/green quilt has room to be trimmed (when you finally want to do it) without cutting off the quilting.

  4. What a great springy quilt! The details are all just wonderful! Just out of curiosity, how are the Bellweather prices compared to normal machine quilting pricing? They look to do fabulous work. Fun to see your mini's.

  5. stunning and what a beauty! Your hand quilting is always so pretty……….I'm sure the snow will make room for your spring weather soon. Winter is heading it's way to NZ in a couple months.

  6. Thanks for sharing the Vernal Equinox quilt, I just love the colours and fabrics. The red and green four patch mini is adorable! I too would never have noticed the error if you hadn't mentioned it but I jnow how you feel as I'm currently looking at my own off-centre problem and wondering whether to fix it.

  7. That is one special quilt you have new to you. I love the Spring Colors and softness of the quilt. I really enjoy all your little quilts too. You put great colors together. Maybe after you wash the green one you might not notice the size difference? I would not have noticed it if you had not pointed it out.

  8. I know what you mean about not wanting to look at the quilt mistake. I think one way I cope with mistakes that are going to take a lot of time to repair – is to put it aside and try to calm down.

    I worked on a hand quilted project for 18 mos. while we were in Wisconsin. I was so close to being done. I wanted to do a knife edge binding and after sewing it by machine it looked stretched and wonky. All that hand quilting and now an ugly finish. I folded it up and didn't look at it again till we got home. I have since unpicked around the whole 80 X 90 top and after four months am ready to tackle to binding.

    The problem is that you HAVE to fix a mistake because it will bother you till you do.

    It's a great little quilt and will be well worth the repair.

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