Anyway, I decided to make a granny square quilt using a tutorial from Blue Elephant Stitches that I had bookmarked long ago. (I know, why would I need to use a tutorial for a granny square, but I did!) So that's what I've been toiling away on while waiting for spring.
I decided to use navy as the background fabric and, honestly, I'm not sure about it, but I'm pressing on. I think it's one of those decisions that might work out once it's all bound and quilted. Maybe it needs a contrast sashing, maybe........ OK, I haven't got there yet, but anything's possible. I also think the rest of the blocks will have as little of the orange as possible--I find it leaps out at me!
I like this block, probably because it's more restful to my eyes.
Finally, spring has sprung in our area--and not before time! It's still jacket temperatures, but I can feel some warmth from the sun. My daffodils are putting on a brave show as they love this cool weather. I planted them 30 years ago and they still reliably make me happy every May.
There are lots of early flowers in the woods as well, like these dogtooth violets that bloom everywhere.
Another common flower is the red trillium (or stinking johnny as it's known locally).
One last sign of spring is one that any rural dweller knows well, the road breakup. Each spring we drive our cars on a slalom track, avoiding frost heaves, pot holes and sink holes. I hate the sound of the bottom of my car dragging through mud and stones and often wish I had some big honking SUV to get around. Why is it so many urbanites have them and all they do is drive on paved roads! (I'm just jealous)
Today I'm linking up to The Needle and Thread Network and Sew Fresh Quilts, so go have a look!