Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Think Pink!

It's hard to believe that it's March already! Here in the Midwest spring is in the air. The birds are singing and the snow is slowly melting. The old saying, "in like a lamb and out like a lion"is bound to be put to the test this month... along with the groundhog's prediction. But the optimism of spring fills me with encouragement.

Spring is also foreshadowed in the shifting of seasonal sunlight. Here the afternoon sun shines through the high windows of the apple green guest room. A change of seasons requires a new look, especially for bed dressings. This pink and green quilt is definitely a refreshing transformation. It is basically a log cabin block exploded to a giant size. Rows of the Mulberry Coleus and Jack-in-the-Pulpit alternate with strips of green Fronds from the violet colorway of the Sunshine & Shadow fabrics. Black sashing and yellow corner blocks create a graphic rhythm that holds the design together. The pillows are also made from Sunshine and Shadow fabrics. Amazing how a new pillowcase can make you feel so good!

Check out this blooming bag created by my friend, Melissa Peda. It is so pretty and optimistic that it makes me sigh! She is using the same mulberry fabrics as in the quilt, but that pink lining really puts "spring" in mind. The Easy Street Bag is Melissa's original pattern and I love the scoop with the button closure. This cheerful purse and many other fun creations can be seen at her colorful Etsy shop, 100 Billion Stars. Thank you, Melissa, for your enthusiasm and generosity. Think spring and think pink!


Melissa P said...

Thanks, Jane! Your fabrics make it all so easy.

Sew Pretty Dresses said...

Beautiful quilt Jane! And I didn't realize you had a blog until Melissa P pointed me in your direction. I am a fan of your work! The Quilted Garden is one of my favorite quilt books. And I LOVE Melissa P. bags and quilts in your fabrics. Also her gorgeous photograph reminds me of your work. She has a great eye!