Spring Things

Spring!! I do believe it’s finally here. I don’t know about you, but we’ve certainly had a rocky start to spring here in Maryland. First unseasonably warm weather, then a period of freezing temperatures and snow that wreaked havoc on many plants that were blooming a little too early. Things are more normal now, and I’m happy to report that our biggest cherry tree seems to be blooming unscathed.

This season of rebirth and warmer temperatures is a cause for celebration. Here are just a few examples of quilts we’ve featured over the years that have been inspired by spring.

Kate Themel truly captured the essence of a gorgeous Tulip Magnolia in her lovely Fresh Magnolias.

 Fresh Magnolias ©Kate Themel Machine Quilting Unlimited July August 2013
Fresh Magnolias ©Kate Themel shown in Machine Quilting Unlimited July/August 2013
 Fresh Magnolias ©Kate Themel Machine Quilting Unlimited July August 2013
Detail Fresh Magnolias ©Kate Themel shown in Machine Quilting Unlimited July/August 2013

Here’s another magnolia quilt, aptly named Magnolia. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is one of my all time favorite quilts. It was made by Sylvia Gegaregian of Portola Valley, California.

Magnolia ©Sylvia Gegaregian Machine Quilting Unlimited January Feb 2014
Magnolia ©Sylvia Gegaregian shown in Machine Quilting Unlimited January/February 2014
Detail Magnolia ©Sylvia Gegaregian Machine Quilting Unlimited January Feb 2014
Detail Magnolia ©Sylvia Gegaregian Machine Quilting Unlimited January/February 2014

And how about Margaret Solomon Gunn’s masterful Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden? I love the variety of pink blossoms and, of course, the incredible quilting.

Springtime in the Geisha's Garden ©Margaret Solomon Gunn shown in Machine Quilting Unlimited July/August 2014
Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden ©Margaret Solomon Gunn shown in Machine Quilting Unlimited July/August 2014

This small piece by Neroli Henderson, Cherry Blossom, has such a wonderful sense of movement and great composition.

Cherry Blossom ©Neroli Henderson shown in Machine Quilting Unlimited November/December 2016
Cherry Blossom ©Neroli Henderson shown in Machine Quilting Unlimited November/December 2016

Finally, here’s one of my quilts, inspired by the cherry tree I mentioned in the beginning of the post. I love to stand beneath the branches and admire the back lit blossoms.

Blossoming ©Diane Rusin Doran shown in Machine Quilting Unlimited September/October 2016
Blossoming ©Diane Rusin Doran shown in Machine Quilting Unlimited September/October 2016

Wishing you a season full of inspiration!

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