Friday, May 9, 2014

A Springtime Sampler

Here in Colorado the blossoms are 
starting to appear on the trees,
and the tulips look especially colorful
this year.
Spring is officially here.

When the seasons change,
it's nice to also change the quilt that's our the bed.
One of my favorite quilts is 
this wonderful applique sampler.

The pattern is by Lori Smith
88" X 88"

 I finished it in 2008.

The fabrics are a Fig Tree line by Moda
called Yuletide Jubilee.
Reds and greens don't always
say Christmas
especially if the greens are more of a
spring green.

Most quilters have done a sampler quilt
one time or another.
 Samplers are a delightful way
to learn new techniques,
pace yourself,
and have the opportunity to make
lots of different blocks without making a 
whole quilt with only one design.

I enjoyed appliqueing the simple,
soft curved pieces of the blocks.

You can see I used a fairly limited palette.

The blocks were framed perfectly
with the half square triangle borders and
 then framed again with the sashing strips.

My machine quilter, P. Raymond,
did a fantastic job, interpreting each
block individually and including accents on the appliques.
It definitely added to the
beauty of each block.

I used a wool batt in this quilt,
but that's a good thing.
 The nights can still be pretty chilly here.

Just like each individual block that
works together in a sampler,
each new sign of spring
 brings the beauty and sweet smells
of the season to it's fullness.

Weather Update:
At least 3 inches of snow
is predicted for the Denver Metro area
on Mother's Day!
So much for spring!

Until Next Time-


  1. Kyle your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing photos of it. Hugs

  2. That is such a pretty quilt!! I love the setting with all the hst's. It will feel like spring in your room :0)

  3. A beautiful and warm quilt - just perfect for our Colorado springtime!

  4. This is one of the beautiful quilts I have seen in awhile!! Absolutely gorgeous! It looks so fresh and Springy!! I hope the snow does not show up.

  5. Beautiful springy quilt! I like the limited palette in your sampler. Keeps the business contained and puts the focus on your lovely blocks! Aren't Fig Tree fabrics just amazing?

  6. Spring is all over your posting - beautiful quilt, beautiful glimpses of flowers!

  7. I can see why this is one of your favourite quilts. Everything about it is beautiful.

  8. Oh no, not more snow for you?! Hope it melts quickly and you get Spring back. Your quilt is beautiful! Such a lot of work; something to be very proud of.

  9. A very pretty quilt!
    I picked flowers today, figured is would enjoy them while I watch the snow Sunday!

  10. Such a beautiful quilt! Hope you didn't get all the snow I heard about in Denver.

  11. Love Lori's patterns - yours turned out really pretty! I love colors and perfect for spring

  12. Such a beautiful quilt! I love it!