As spring rolls around, I always think that I should put my sewing and quilting supplies away because, after all, it’s that time of year when I can start doing all those outside springtime things.
I love that I live where there are four distinct seasons. Spring is my favorite season. I like putting away the coats, gloves, snow shovels, and all the winter gear. I find it delightful to play in the dirt in my yard as I prepare to plant my garden. I thoroughly enjoy watching the rhubarb and perennial flowers poke up through the soil announcing that spring is here. I truly appreciate being able to open the windows and doors at home to let in the fresh air.
But I never totally put my quilting away because the truth is that I really, really love to spend time quilting—no matter what the season or what the temperature is outside. Making quilts is a part of who I am. I feel many of you are the same as I am, that quiltmaking is not just a winter activity.
With spring in mind, we decided to include projects that celebrate new beginnings—weddings, graduations, retirements, and babies. We’ve included eight projects (some of them from Love of Quilting TV) that you can make for one of those new beginnings in your life or in the life of a loved one. So, take a look at the ideas in this issue, chose your favorite and make something special … even if it is spring.
Table of Contents
- A Snail’s Trail: Delightful child’s quilt
- Bars of Stars: Three blocks, three colors
- Crisscross: Album Cross blocks
- 7,047 Miles: Bed-size beauty
- Magic & Illusion: Innovative piecing
- Wedding Rings: Pieced curves
- Spring Trails: Simple fusible appliqué
- Toy Box: Easy and fun
- Mademoiselle Jackie: Bargello, anyone?
- Star-Spangled Banner: Quilt of Valor®
- A House and a Home: Group quilt magic
- Garden Spirals: Snail’s Trail blocks
- Sew Easy: Paper Foundation Piecing
- Sew Easy: Quick Triangle-Squares
- Sew Easy: Bias Binding
- Sew Easy: Album Cross Blocks
- Sew Easy: Piecing Curves
- Sew Easy: Fusible Appliqué
- Sew Easy: Strip Sets
- Sew Easy: 8-at-a-Time Triangle-Squares
- From the Editor
- Shop Hop
- Sew Many Tips
- Sew & Tell
- Trunk Show: Laurie Aaron Hird
- Quilting the Quilt: Men Who Quilt