The grass is turning green, flowers are starting to bloom, and the days are getting longer–I think spring has sprung! Now that the season is in full swing, Mother’s Day must be just around the corner.
In honor of this special day devoted to mom, I’ve gathered together some of my favorite resources on everything from screen printing and scrap quilting to hand embroidery and English paper piecing.
Whether you’re a mother looking to add to your wishlist or an artist looking to treat yourself with resources to spark your creativity, you’re sure to be inspired. Let’s take a peek, shall we?
For the Fabric Stasher
Now that spring is here, it’s time to do some cleaning. As you are tidying, scrubbing, and reorganizing your home, don’t forget your fabric stash! If you’ve found your stash is bursting at the seams with scraps of fabric, it’s time to use them. Peruse through the eBook Every Last Piece to find patterns that make the most out of your scraps. For more scrap quilt patterns check out the project collection eBooks Creating with Fabric Scraps and Fiber Art Cuffs or get all three in the Scrap Quilting Bundle.
For the Home Sewing Machine Enthusiast
Whether you like to do your own quilting or prefer to have it sent to a longarm quilter, the Quilting on your Home Sewing Machine Collection is something you’ll want to check out. As you watch the three videos included in this collection, you’ll learn walking foot quilting and free-motion quilting. Susan Brubaker Knapp demonstrates free-motion quilting patterns in her video 52 Free-Motion Quilting Motifs and Fillers. Catherine Redford shows how to free-motion quilt stipples, swirls, feathers, and more; plus she shares helpful hints on quilting with a walking foot.
For the Curious Surface Designer
For the artist who loves to experiment with using surface design to create texture, the Embellished Collage Quilt Collection is a wishlist must! Watch Susan Purney Mark color fusible interfacing and then layer it to create one-of-a-kind fabric. Plus, you’ll be able to make your own version of Susan’s intriguing surface designs with MistyFuse, Lutradur, and mini metallic Shiva Paintstiks; all included in this collection.
For the Quilter on the Go
English paper piecing hexagons is a great (and easy) sewing project to take with you. Before you leave the house, make yourself an EPP kit with hexagon papers, fabric, needle, and thread. Get started with inspiration, 200 pre-cut hexagon papers, and an acrylic hexagon template together in the EPP Hexagon Patterns Collection.
If paper piecing isn’t up your alley, embroidery is another technique to take on the road. Hand embroidery is a great way to pass the time in waiting rooms, on road trips, or even at kids’ sporting events. If you’re not sure what to embroider or can’t for the life of you find your embroidery hoop, check out the Creative Embroidery with Thermofax Screens Collection.
For the Stressed Artist
If you need to relieve some stress, coloring might be just the ticket. Also, coloring is a fantastic way to spend creative time with your kids whether their four or forty. Rather than coloring in outlines of cartoons or cars, check out adult coloring books from your favorite fabric designers and quilt artists. The Cotton + Steel Coloring Book is one of my favorites because there is a lot of variety in the patterns. If you’re looking for more intricate patterns to color, check out the Coloring Book Collection which features designs by Tula Pink, Tiffany Lovering, and Jamie Fingal.
So, whether you’re kids have two legs or four, you won’t want to miss out on artistic stimulation this springtime. Be sure to check out more projects, collections, and inspiration Quilting Daily Shop.
Wishing you an inspiring spring and a happy Mother’s Day!