Spring Is Here

Well, okay. Maybe not as far as the weather goes, given the forecast for Friday, but in my stitching last night it was. Two little 4.5″ Winding Ways blocks. I’ve tried and tried to resist this idea for months, but yesterday these hand-dyed fabrics were absolutely calling to me and I succumbed. All that wonderful curved piecing? How could I possibly resist!

Ever since I made this pink and red top with the one of the larger sizes of the Inklingo Winding Ways collections, I’ve wanted to make something with one of the other sizes. All that wonderful curved piecing is irresistible to me.

When I went to look for the photo of the red and pink top and realized it was finished almost 2 years ago I couldn’t quite believe it. That one definitely needs to be quilted sooner rather than later. I know I’ve got the batting, backing and the fabric for binding it set aside, so it’s definitely time. I have a variegated pink/red quilting thread that will be perfect.

What will I call this new one? I’m not sure yet, but I’m thinking it looks like spring. There are more pieces ready and waiting to be stitched together and there will be more yet, as I print on other shades of the hand-dyed fabrics.

I love piecing and pressing this block. Pressed this way, the block lies lovely and flat.

I used an off-white thread for all the stitching, which is totally unlike me as I prefer to match my threads to the fabrics I’m stitching. I used a 70/2 heirloom thread that pretty much melts into the fabric but, that said, when I start stitching more of these I will get out the matching threads. For now, I’m going to get the other fabrics printed and the shapes cut out and will have them all kitted up so I can get my curved piecing fix whenever I want.

Baxter’s eyes in this photo really caught my attention. Mr. Q.O. captioned it “Is that catnip?”

7 thoughts on “Spring Is Here

  1. 4.5″….they are weeny teeny little blocks! When my black and white Winding Ways quilt is eventually done its name will be “The long and winding road” after the Beatles song. Baxter sure does look as though he’s been on the nip! Did you know that Aussie cats don’t respond to catnip? Neither did I, until recently – our cats don’t respond to it at all.


  2. Spring isn’t here either! Wind chills and a temp of 12 degrees! But by the weekend, back in the 40’s and 50’s! Just flurries so we missed the snow again!
    The winding ways pattern looks so relaxing, just might have to print some of those shapes up and get with it!
    Baxter looks like he has eyes of an owl!
    Happy piecing!


  3. Beautiful! Just beautiful! Such a magical pattern, especially in these colours. This photo really shows off Baxters eyes. I wondered if he liked catnip. Sounds like an obvious question, but I hear some ats do not.


  4. Beautiful! I can see why you caved. Are these your own hand dyed or ones you’ve bought?
    I’m going to enjoy watching you make this quilt. It’s going to be a stunner


  5. So pretty and delicate looking reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream without the chocolate part. Brrr too cold here for ice cream. You do such neat hand work Cathi.
    Baxter looks as though he’s looking up and considering cat-nicking that block, LOL..


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