The Waiting for Spring Quilt Project

The Waiting for Spring Quilt Project is one of my favorite quilts.  Ever.  It’s an original design, using a set of my hand-dyed fabrics.



This has actually been quilted and bound.  I love what I did to the large squares and the plain section on the right (a commercial batik).

The problem is I didn’t realize how bad my tension was for the middle section of small squares.  Last year, I started to rip out the really bad sections, placing a safety pin where I needed to redo the quilting.  Today, I thought it would be easier to just rip it all out so I wouldn’t have so many threads to weave in.  That is just plain crazy, even for me.  I think I will just applique flowers on the worst parts–on both sides–can I have too many flowers?  I guess I could just cut it all up into potholders.  What would you do?  All suggestions are welcome.

I hope to get back here by the end of the week.  I’ll share how I made those little squares (from Alex Anderson on The Quilt Show) and the quilting designs I used.  Have a great week  Also coming soon, The Liberty Bowl, how to attach a quilt sleeve and other dribs and drabs.


Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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