Renew, refresh, rebirth!

Happy Easter! As happy as possible under the circumstances….I don’t have a new pattern ready because I’ve been buried under a mountain of face masks. When I clawed my way out, I had to finish up business taxes, and then I’ll go back to more masks. Are there some people out there who are actually bored?

However, today I want to wish you tidings of great joy of the rebirth to come in our country, our lives, our spirits. All will be well eventually, and spring is around the corner. Click here for “Leading to Easter”

“Leading to Easter” with white drape by LJ Christensen

If you’re feeling like doing something springlike, how about this baby blanket called “Baby Butter Mints”? I’m putting it on sale until May. Click here

“Baby Butter Mints” with flannel backing by LJ Christensen

Just keep the faith and clean out your scraps! Here’s another FANTASTIC scrap quilt on sale–I used up so many tiny pieces by doing mine as a charm quilt–all different pieces! Make it plain or add clouds and/or kites–it’s paper-pieced for ease and also on sale this month. Click on “Kite Charmer: Sleeping on a Cloud”

Kite Charmer: Sleeping on a Cloud

Don’t sleep, though….get to work! (Yes, that’s Elvis–found him.)

A Tisket, a Tasket…

You, too, can quilt a basket! Really, you can….well basket-weave a quilt, that is. This darling baby quilt is made from jelly roll strips lined with batting. After they are turned and pressed, you weave them just like those hot pads we used to make in primary school. Then “quilt” along the strip edges, and ta da! It’s read to bind with no backing, pinning, stretching. You’ve constructed back and front at the same time. People will marvel because it’s so novel, yet it’s easy!

So if you have a “little one” who needs an Easter basket but can’t walk yet, here’s the perfect solution, also perfect for a baby gift any time. On sale for just $3.50 for the entire month of March, get this pattern for your stash. Just pay through a credit card, and it’ll wend its way through the ether to you. It’s a great way to use up scraps, too, including scraps of batting.

Click here for more info.

“Baby Basket-Weave Blanket” cc2310
by LJ Christensen

My mother loved baskets. I think her love affair began when we lived in Austria and she learned to carry a basket to market like the Europeans do. Even the stores expected you to have your own. There were always a myriad of baskets to choose from.

Years later, back in the States, she was intrigued enough to take a basket-making class, and as usual, she’d teach me what she learned. Yes, I made a couple egg baskets myself. One time, when I lived in England, I even cut branches from my willow tree and boiled them to get the bugs out. They were stinky from being cooked, but I managed to make a basket. After I tried a few, though, I gave up the practice. I will admit it messed up my nails, and I’m vain about my nails (especially now that I spend $$$ on getting manicures!)

However, making a few baskets was a really interesting experience. My mother and I both bought a lot of baskets over the years, not expensive ones, but just interesting shapes and sizes. I’ve used them for craft table displays quite often. Now I have some special quilt patterns in one of my bigger ones, and this week I filled one with 2800 watercolor quilt squares!

Does anyone remember the beautiful piano watercolor quilt on the front of a book from about 25 yrs ago? I’ve wanted to make it for decades–literally! I’ve been collecting florals and plan to start soon. Remember watercolor quilting? You use florals cut willy-nilly and then piece them by gradations of shade. Coming up for the website, I have an idea developing for a watercolor background with a white cross for Easter. Stay tuned. It should be available soon. Start collecting your spring florals! Spring is close!