Hey there! As I write this, I feel an overwhelming sense of guilt for not checking in with everyone sooner. I’m alive! I’m productive! Things are great! My friend Amanda Caronia is a designer for Windham Fabrics under the name Bella Caronia and has created a gorgeous new collection! It’s called Spring Bloom and its name is an apt description of this beautiful group. Spring is in full swing here in Grass Valley–this couldn’t be more perfect!
Amanda asked me to create an original piece using the Spring Bloom fabrics. I immediately thought of my best friend. She is expecting her first baby and I am over the moon about it. I really, really hope it’s a girl, so I decided that if I just keep making her baby girl quilts, the Universe will comply. I also decided that she and her husband are going to name their baby Hermione. I keep texting them, asking how my little wizard is doing. They’re being really good sports about it. After 14 years of friendship, this is nothing new to them.
This quilt uses my Hide and Seek pattern, which uses 30 5” squares. Since the Spring Bloom collection is 15 pieces, I thought each fabric could be represented twice and it would be a great way to show off the prints. I used Marcia Derse’s new basic, called Palette, as the sashing. When I was a teenager, this was my favorite shade of pink, so it brought back a happy memory as I was stitching the top.
Here’s a little shot that shows you some of the quilting detail.
I have decided that this quilting style, the Darlingique feather meander, is my signature, and I love that each time I do it, the design ends up slightly different, yet keeps it consistent.
Amanda and Windham were sweet enough to give me an extra fat quarter bundle of the complete Spring Bloom collection to give away! If you would like to win the Bella Caronia Spring Bloom bundle, leave me a comment sharing one of your favorite spring time experiences. Is it the new growth everywhere, the kids on bikes downtown on the weekend, or not turning on your heater? Leave me your thoughts and I will pick a winner on Monday.
Thanks Amanda, Windham, and all of you, for making this such a fun project!
PS If you would like to order the Hide and Seek pattern, I’ve got it for sale here. xoxoxo