Spring is either here or at least on its way in the northern hemisphere. Here in Phoenix, it’s hard to complain about the miserable winter weather since winters here are like some people’s summers. However, even here spring brings with it lightness and new life. The birds in my backyard are singing earlier and my lemon bushes and apricot trees have already finished their bloom. The other day, I was surprised to discover that what I thought was just some random garlic coming up from last season’s crop turned out to be wild iris! Now I have beautiful wild iris in my garden beds!
With the longer days and all the new green life popping up comes the itch to sew something springy and vibrant. I don’t know about you, but I just want to put away all the earth tones and dark fabrics and make vibrant and happy spring quilt ideas that hold the promise of the new season!
Here are some spring patchwork quilt projects that will bring a bit of spring into your sewing space:
Use up scraps and dig deep in your stash and make a spring log cabin quilt! To me, nothing quite shouts happy spring-like bright yellows, but consider this spring log cabin quilt in greens or pinks or even a mix of happy springy colors? I paper pieced my version with the 7-inch log cabin templates.
With a basket full of spring or summer flowers, this little applique wall hanging lets you bring your favorite flowers inside. My version of this quilt pattern is made with strong jewel tones, but also imagine how sweet this would look in a sunny spring palette? This floral quilt pattern finishes at 40×40 inches so it’s perfect for seasonal spring and summer decor.
You can never have too many pincushions, right? And one or more spring-themed pincushions is a perfect way to add seasonal decor to your sewing space. This little drum-shaped pincushion is made in bright small-scale prints and sure to make you smile every time you use it. This patchwork pincushion is available in our shop and is part of our year-long series of pincushion patterns.
This machine applique quilt is pretty quick to make. This spring quilt pattern comes with .svg files so if you have a digital cutting machine like a Silhouette or a Cricut, you can get your shapes cut in no time and sew up this butterfly flower garden in no time. We used bright semi-solid batiks for our sample but right now, I am hankering for a version of this with Liberty fabrics.
The quilt book, The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest, is packed with 9 different lush butterfly quilt patterns. Make one or make them all. The main project is a large quilt with twelve 18-inch blocks featuring lush wreaths and butterflies to quilt. But the book also contains many smaller and quicker applique quilt projects. To make these gorgeous projects into spring and summer quilts, choose bright happy colors or soft pastels.
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