Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring decorations

I have never been one much for decorating, other than at Christmas. Reading blogs though and seeing all the pretty things you are all doing, just inspires me to try and do a few things too. So today, I had to go to Hobby Lobby anyway in search of teal color machine quilting thread, which I did not find, and while there I wandered over to the Easter decorations and lo and behold, everything was 50% off. Go figure, after all, doesn't everyone wait until the week before Easter to start thinking about decorating? So I find these really cute little bunnies in a basket and Easter egg garland which, although it looks white in the picture is bright lovely shades of pinks, lavenders, blues and yellows. My very first Easter decorating purchase.

Now the next step is trying to determine where to put these lovely bunnies. Over the fireplace mantel of course, so I take down the family tree wall hanging that I have there and unpack my summer stained glass window quilt flowers that I normally hang up in the summer and add my bunnies to the mix. I think it looks kind of Springy and Eastery.

Now that is the extent of Spring - Easter decorations I own. My snowflake wall hanging is still up in the dining room and I think my family is pretty tired of looking at it. The problem is I don't have many wall hangings or table runners for that matter - I make large quilts as a rule. So, I go digging in my hope chest and come across this one that I made years ago at a Linda Cantrell workshop. Down go the snowflakes, and up goes my Lady in a Red Hat. I would like to think that for the next week I can call her Easter Parade! (If you enlarge this picture and look at the quilting you will see that I hand quilted this with silver metallic thread - before I knew how totally insane it is to hand quilt anything with metallic thread. )

Now for the front door, yes, believe it or not, my Christmas flower wreath is still hanging up. Somewhere in the depths and dark corners of my basement hangs a beautiful Spring wreath with yellow daffodils. I have no idea where it is, and no desire to fight throught the masses of boxes and stuff to find it, so for now, the Christmas wreath comes down and I guess I will go shopping to find a Spring wreath for the door. And that is the extent of my decorating today. A trip to Michaels is due tomorrow - so stayed tuned, no telling what I will find there!

12 comments:

Belvie said...

You have some very pretty decorations there for spring. I've never tried quilting with metallic thread....and from your comment....I would guess that it is very difficult to work with. I enlarged to see the quilting and realized that I have some of the fabric you used for the ladies dress!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love your red hat lady! She looks so elegant - but I'm in awe that you quilted with metallic thread. Wow! blessings, marlene

Nadine said...

Simply gorgeous ! I love everything : the bunnies, the flowers and the spring lady ;>)

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOO
NADINE

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Everything looks Spring-y and fun at your house now! Happy Easter.

Jackie said...

You sound just like me. Not much for decorating any other holiday than Christmas. I still have Christmas wreaths on my door. Must take them down. And I generally make large quilts. Hmmm... two peas in a pod. We should form a club! Lovely hand quilting with the metallic thread!

julieQ said...

Darling decorations! I most especially like your stained glass quilts. Exceptional!

Jackie said...

Your spring decorations are great! It's a lot of fun to decorate for the different seasons and holidays!

Carol said...

Love those bunnies and the egg garland. Looks perfect on the mantle.

Me and metallic thread don't seem to get along well for some reason. I have tried different sized needles and still it keeps breaking. So what is your secret??

Thimbleanna said...

Cute bunnies! I feel a bit like you do about rummaging through your basement -- I've waited so long to decorate this year that I just decided why bother -- no one will see it but me this year, so I think I'll save all the work LOL!

belinda said...

I think you did great decorating with your little bunnies...I don't have much springy/Easter decorations either...Must.Get.Some.
Never tried the metallic thread either!!

KCQuilter said...

Your mantel is looking wonderful! I LOVE your Lady In Red Hat/Easter Parade. It is just gorgeous.

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