Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Little Bits

Spring is finally here although I really cannot complain about our mild winters.  It is always nice to see the new life coming to the gardens as well as blooms bursting forth on fabrics.

The Block Lotto blocks for this month called for posies in blues, purples, pinks and reds.  This was a really fun pattern and will make a great quilt.


A walk around the garden awakens the sights and smells at this time of the year.





The kumquats get the canning season off to a productive start.  Yummy marmalade awaits.




I've been sewing as well, but not a lot to show for the time spent.  I've been working on a Round Robin and thoroughly enjoying it.  Since it is a surprise, I cannot show it yet.

March has brought lot of fun blocks to my mailbox from our Spelling Bee.  Can you guess the theme of my requested words?  The used fabrics are just as exciting as the words.....such clever participants!


I am one of those people who have always loved batik fabrics and I was fortunate enough to recently win a giveaway of some of the Island Batiks from Jocelyn's giveaway at Happy Cottage Quilter.  These batiks are so soft and unlike many other batiks.  They will be fun to sew.



Linda is this month's Mid Century Modern Bee queen this month and requested some mini Churn Dash blocks.  I popped mine in the mail and completely forgot to photograph them before I sent them on their way.  This is going to make an amazing finish.  You can check out her blocks HERE on Flickr.

Our youngest son and his family will be home later this week for Easter.  The computer time will be limited while we enjoy their visit so I wish all of you who celebrate a very Happy Easter.


29 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

A very happy Easter to you as well. I love those Block lotto violet blocks. I'm planning to teach that block to our new quilt ministry group soon. Your spring is well ahead of ours, but we do have rhubarb up so we know it's coming, however slowly.

Kate said...

Your posies blocks are lovely. This is not a block that I'm familiar with. I loved all the photos of your garden - we still have snow. :(
Happy Easter to you and yours.

creativity amongst chaos said...

Hello Mary. Your garden looks beautiful. It is so nice to see the world awaken again with all of its beauty this time of year. Looks like it has you inspired because you have been creating some beauty too with those posy blocks. Wishing you a wonderful Easter Mary.

QuiltShopGal said...

Great post. I too am thrilled to have Spring arrive. Enjoy Easter with your youngest and his lovely family.

QuiltShopGal
www.quiltshopgal.com

Ramona said...

Your flowers are beautiful! I am so ready for spring here in Virginia. The posies blocks are too cute and look like they are fun to make. Enjoy your visit with family and Happy Easter!

Darlington Delights said...

Love the posies....where can I find the pattern? Kmcassie at gmail dot com

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Everything looks so wonderful and delicious! The posies definitely echos the colours of your garden! The Spelling bee blocks are so much fun too! Enjoy your win and have a fabulous time with your family :)

-Soma

Midlife Mom said...

Love your posies, they are so pretty! Also love the real things growing in your yard now, I can't wait to see some sprouts peeking out of the ground here but I guess it will be a while with all this snow! :o) The words are so cute, can't wait to see what you do with them. Mom was home today so I haven't had any sewing time yet but will after dinner. We had a good day today. The picture of the kumquats brought back some sweet memories of Bill, he just loved those and ate them like candy when he was in Florida visiting Mom and Dad! They would always bring him home a bag full when they came back to Maine too. :o) xoxo

Lara B. said...

Springtime in California looks so beautiful Mary.
I love your posie blocks and the spelling bee too!
Wishing you a happy Easter!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Seeing the flowers and fruits makes me know that in a few weeks that coastal Spring will soon be on our coast. Lost of pretty blocks. Enjoy your family time.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Pretty posies both real and quilty. Enjoy your time with family.

Joyful Quilter said...

Looks like you are starting Spring off with a bang! Congrats on the win - love the colors...they looks like speckled Easter eggs (alas no chocolate hehehe).

Raewyn said...

Oh I love your Lotto blocks, what a neat flower! And spring where you are is so pretty, nice to see just as we are heading into cooler months! Those churn dashes sure are vibrant and stunning :-) AND your letters so much fun :-) Have a great Easter, hope you enjoy your family time!

Maria said...

Love those flower bingo blocks..very pretty..
Sew nice to have a productive garden as well as pretty blooms.
Have a wonderful time with your family and have a very Happy Easter....

Wacky Woman said...

Beautiful garden Mary!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

That posy block is so pretty! And it looks like it would go together quickly. Your garden photos are lovely. Have a blessed Easter with your family!

Carla said...

Your pictures are all so beautiful. Springtime is there for you. Your word blocks are so cute and I agree, the quilt with the posies will be pretty. Happy Easter!

Createology said...

Happy Easter Blessings Dear. Your blocks and fabric words are wonderful. Spring is looking lovely in your garden. We had kumquat trees when I was growing up and we kids would always eat them and then remember how bitter they are. I bet they Mae wonderful marmalade. Happy Bunny Hopping...

Sue said...

Your fruits(especially the strawberries) look so yummy! Our strawberries were few and far between this year because of weather. (and what there were,were very expensive.)I really miss "spring" flowers, tulips, jonquils, forsythia and the like. If all goes as planned I will be living in Mississippi next spring and I will get to see them again!!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Happy Easter! Your strawberries look yummy. Cute blocks too. Enjoy the time with the family.

KimM said...

What a beautiful garden. And the blocks you received - I'll be interested in seeing how you put them together. They're adorable.
xxx

Carol S. said...

Those posies are adorable and will definitely make a beautiful quilt! You have strawberries and lemons? Yummy!

Mdm Samm said...

how to see flowers from a garden it will be awhile here...all we see are buds..and you have berries...omg...we are living to far NORTH lol. love your new blocks...I love that pattern....reminds me of the 50's

Rhonda said...

Wow, you're already canning. Looks delicious!!

KaHolly said...

Such a deightful post full of all kinds of quilty goodness. I especially like your spelling bee blocks! I can't wait to see just what you do with them! Have a happy day! xo

OPQuilt said...

Love those beautiful photos of your garden, and strawberries and the lovely bouquet at the end of the post. I need to get out in the garden, and as always, you inspire me. I do need your recipe for kumquat marmalade--email it to me?--as my trees are also loaded and I always feel bad just slicing them into salads and popping them in my mouth when I pick up the mail. If I had marmalade, it would show for something, right? So glad you like all your word blocks--I do too!
:) Elizabeth

Lynette said...

I just love your posts. So full of fun pictures and stories. I am so new at this that I haven't spent a lot of time perusing fellow bloggers posts but I am going to try to start doing that. So much fun.

Carla said...

Hey! All the words look great together. Enjoy assembling it

Nat Palaskas said...

I love Spring in your garden. Gorgeous spring blossoms and colours! I did a pile of those spelling blocks. Must put them together one days. Mine theme for spelling word is happy! Enjoy Hugs Nat