Spring and Tulips!

Hello Friends, Happy Friday!  I hope you have been well.  A bit of spring trivia for you…. did you know that tulips were originally grown in the Ottoman Empire before being imported to Holland in the 16th century?  Tulips became so popular in the Golden Dutch Age that the bulbs were used as money in Holland until the market in them crashed.  And I suppose Holland solidified her reputation as the tulip capital of the world, and is often affectionately referred to as the flower shop of the world.

These pictures are from a few years back before Miss Baby was school-aged.  We did a lot more impromptu outings then, which I miss now…

And this is my fabric version of spring/tulips for this year…

This is an exclusive quilt kit for Craft of Quilting, designed with Windham Fabrics’ Sleeping Porch fabrics by Heather Ross.  This is a fun garden group.  Check out the fabrics here.  Purchase the exclusive quilt kit (71″ x 84″) HERE.

I am curious to know what your favorite spring flower is!  Mine are many:  tulips, daffodils, forsythia, cherry blossoms, and dogwood!

Speaking of cherry blossoms, my family didn’t make it to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC this because about half of the blossoms were damaged in a freeze following an unusually warm spell.  Here are some pictures from our past cherry blossom excursions in the nation’s capital.  No matter how many times we have gone to see the blossoms, the feeling of awe at the “blossom” beauty never fails to overtake us!


That’s all for now, Friends.  I hope you have a lovely weekend.

p.s.  I have received many emails asking if only patterns of my quilt kits are available.  Generally, the answer is no unless you have seen the patterns featured in magazines.  Many of my quilt kits you see in catalogs are exclusive.  So the only way you can access the pattern is via the kit.  I have been toying with the idea of releasing my patterns in the future, but due to my various commitments, I have no plans to do so immediately.  I appreciate your understanding. :-)


9 thoughts on “Spring and Tulips!

  1. I think you are very generous with your free offerings even with your busy schedule – I am in awe at your creativity! We are only seeing just a bit of tree bud here in the NorEast. We lost our tulips, dafs, crocus as they popped out of the ground with our warm Feb. and then we turned bitter cold again. I just love when all the fruit trees in our orchard are in bloom, but I always look for first Lily of the Valley (my fav) to bring in the house.

  2. Hi Wendy, Life does get busier and busier Your quilts are always beautiful.
    We did not go to see the cherry blossoms this year. The week ends available were too dreary for my dad. So we went to Old Town and the Torpedo Factory. That was a fine day
    I love all of your patterns. You are in high demand with your creativity and quality fabrics.
    I know Miss Baby is getting bigger now. Time flies. My grand daughter Sarah is almost 2 and I am going to be a gramma again (my younger daughter, Lizzie) is due in late August.
    I hope you are enjoying some of the nice days we have and the leaves practically popping out over night!

  3. Their quilts are always very admirable, but the photos of the tree blossom are the best at the post for me. A feast for the eyes. You are a very good photographer
    I’m still sick and will have a new hip surgery on Monday as I can not run since January.
    Greeting Guilitta

  4. Lovely Spring blossoms from years past. Hard to say what my favorite Spring flower is. They are all so welcome! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

  5. Ooh, I would love to visit D.C. during cherry 🍒 blossom time! I bet that it can be spectacular!! We had a similar experience in Charlestown, SC this past March with no flowers. The rhododendrons were gone because of early warmth and then late frost. I was so disappointed; I’ll just have to go back. Your quilts show up beautifully amongst the flowers. However, your quilts always show up beautifully, no matter the backdrop. Rain in TN most of the weekend….. great stitching weather!!!

  6. SOMEDAY I want to visit the cherry blossoms in DC. Your photos will satisfy me until I get there.

    I love your tulip quilt. It is a perfect spring quilt. Like you, my favorites are so many, but dogwood would be high up there.

    Happy Spring!

  7. Ahhh! Tulips are my favorite flower, hands down! But the past several years, if the bunnies don’t buzz the new growth down to the ground, the deer get whatever manages to make a flower. I’ve given up this year. I’ve decided to plant daffodils and hyacinth, as I think the bunnies and deer do not like those. I will find out! Love your tulip quilt.

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