I just finished creating this little ode to spring! My crocus block measures 10″ square and was designed using Electric Quilt 8 Software. This is actually the second block I designed and sewed over the weekend. The first version was more complicated and I tried to sew the block smaller. It made it really difficult to get the pieces to line up properly and the delicate nature of the design was interrupted too much by the number of seams. I am happy with this simplified version, at the 10″ size. It sewed up pretty easily and I think you will be successful if you want to make it! I would not advise shrinking the pattern pieces, for the reasons that I just stated.
Remember, crocus come in many shades of lavender and purple but they also grow in whites and yellows. So you can have lots of fun choosing colors. It wasn’t until I started looking closely at the crocus, to design this block, that I realized that their stems are white or a very, very soft green. I enjoy taking note of these things and trying to find the perfect fabrics.
I turned my block into a pillow cover by adding a 3″ border to all sides. I quilted using Aurifil 50 weight thread, in a soft yellow to blend with the background, in a 1″ grid. I found the border/backing fabric in my stash. It’s a print by Katarina Roccella, Sunprint Fern from her collection, Lavish. It seems made for this block! It’s very delicate, like the crocus design, and the color is soft and spring-like. I finished the pillow off with an invisible zipper which is my favorite finishing technique.
I was realizing that I have quite a few fun spring designs that could play well with each other for a wall hanging or table runner. I know it’s perhaps a little late for this Easter, but if you start now, it will be ready for next year! I changed the colors in my designs to feature primarily soft yellow and lavender and mocked up this layout out in EQ8. It includes my Spring Chicken, Crocus, Chocolate Bunny and Pussy Willows blocks. I see potential, do you?
I hope you are enjoying spring where you are. We had snow flurries this morning which did not make me smile!