Quilt Projects for Rainy Days

I’ll admit it; I love rainy days in springtime.

I live in Colorado where there are almost 300 days of sunshine each year. With all of that sun, a cloudy day, let alone a rainy day, can be hard to come by. As great as is to see budding trees and flowers blooming in spring, I leap at the opportunity to stay inside for a session of guilt-free sewing on rainy days.

I just checked the forecast and rain is on the horizon for Sunday! Now all I have to do is choose the perfect quick and easy quilt project. Let’s have a look, shall we?

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Clouds in the Windows Pattern

This modern quilted wall hanging by Catherine Redford fits the bill nicely. The finished product is only 29″ x 30″ so it’s a small quilting project that could be sewn quickly. Plus, the small-but-not-too-small size is great for experimenting with a machine quilting design  you haven’t tried before.

 

 

 

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Windows Improv Table Runner and Placemats

Don’t want to go out in the storm for fabric? No problem! You can easily use scrap fabric from your stash to create this set of patchwork placemats and the matching table runner. While working on this project by Malka Dubrawsky you also get to experiment with improvisational cutting and piecing. You can’t go wrong!

 

 

 

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Rainy Day Purse

If you must leave the comfort of your sewing room on a rainy day, you’ll want to take this darling purse designed by Charise Randell with you. Practice your paper piecing skills as you make the umbrella that adorns the outside of this bag. Don’t forget to store your compact umbrella in it’s handy pocket when you’ve decided to go out into the storm.

 

 

 

 

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After April Showers Quilt

This small quilt, also by Catherine Redford, will let you take your English paper piecing (EPP) technique a step further. Listen to a book on tape or watch a movie as you hand stitch these hexies and then appliqué them to the two-color background. Need an EPP refresher? Check out the free Sew Easy video on English paper piecing where Jean Nolte and Colleeen Tauke demonstrate the technique.

 

 

 

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After the Rain Quilt

If you love quilting with hexagons but aren’t enamored with the idea of paper piecing, this is the pattern for you! The super-sized hexagons in Sharon McConnell’s design can be pieced using a sewing machine. The combination of the over-sized hexagons and the interplay of bright colors with the variety of graysmake this modern quilt something you’ll love long after the clouds have cleared.

 

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Wishing you rainy days filled with quilting!

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