Spring Bloom Blog Hop!

Good morning! I’m super excited to be today’s stop on the Spring Bloom blog hop, celebrating Amanda Caronia’s debut fabric collection  for Windham Fabrics! I had the wonderful good fortune to meet Amanda, who designs patterns for fabric and home goods under the brand name Bella Caronia, at last fall’s Quilt Market in Houston. I loved the new fabric collection that she was showing at Market, so I was thrilled when she contacted me to make something for the blog hop celebrating its official release!


At Market, Amanda and I chatted about our mutual love for Japanese art and history. She had moved to California relatively recently, and I recommended that she visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s superb collection of 19th century Japanese cloisonné enamels (which are breathtaking, by the way). So of course when she asked me to design something using her new Spring Bloom fabric, my thoughts turned immediately to Japanese cloisonné. (Luckily for me [and you!] the Walters Art Museum had an exhibition of this type of enamel work in 2010 and has made it’s images available under the creative commons license. The vase photograph here is from it’s collection of images.)


Pair of vases, Goto Seizaburo, c. 19th-20th centuries


I also knew that I wanted to use some of the motifs in Amanda’s fabrics, and the three-lobed floral motif that is featured in several prints stood out to me as being perfect for modern appliqué. Amanda grouped them into medallions, but when lined up the motifs reminded me of the trailing wisteria blossoms that are found on many cloisonné vases.


This pattern quilt illustrates one of my favorite things about modern appliqué–that you can use the appliqué forms to showcase special fabrics, while not needing to use a huge amount of yardage. All of the appliqués for this quilt were cut from fat quarters, and I had enough leftovers to piece a large strip for the backing as well.


Of course I incorporated Amanda’s selvage as a record of the fabric collection!


You have a chance to win some fat quarters of the Spring Bloom collection, too! Windham is generously giving away a pack of all fifteen prints to one lucky reader. To enter, simply leave me a comment so I know how to contact you; if you wish, also tell me which project you are most excited about working on this spring! Entries will be open for one week, until midnight on Tuesday, May 5, and I’ll draw a winner at random next Wednesday, May 6.


And remember to check out the wonderful things that other makers have been creating with the collection! There’s a chance to win at each stop on the tour!

April 20 Windham Fabrics Snip-its, Bella Caronia Blog

April 21 Leah and Bea Koch – Wintergreen and the Bee

April 22 Nell Timmer – Nell’s Notions

April 23 Jessica Darling

April 24 Kristy Daum – St. Louis Folk Victorian

April 25 Sherri Sylvester – Thread Riding Hood

April 26 Cindy Wiens – Live a Colorful Life

April 27 Krista Hennebury – Poppyprint

April 28 Felicity Ronaghan – Felicity Quilts

April 29 Casey York – The Studiolo

April 30 Janice Ryan – Better Off Thread

May 1 Deborah Moebes – Whipstitch

May 2 Bella Caronia Blog That’s a Wrap


Thanks for reading, and can’t wait to hear about your spring projects!


91 thoughts on “Spring Bloom Blog Hop!

  1. I’m working on a sampler quilt right now and can’t wait to see how it turns out when it’s finished! I’m using all bright colors so it is really pretty, at least to me anyway, lol! Thanks so much for a chance!


  2. I really like the quilt. I am using scraps right now in random block quilts. Once these 6 charity quilts are done who knows what I will sew.

  3. I’m looking forward to completing a 4 patch quilt top this spring. Your quilt is lovely! Spring Bloom fabric is so colorful!

  4. I’m going to make a quilt for my bed, just haven’t been able to choose between using Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler or Tula Pink fabrics. They’re all beautiful! Making a mini is on my list for this spring also. I also want to try the quilt-as-you-go method on something small to start with.

  5. Beautiful quilt and what a great idea to use the selvedge as a record of the fabric collection… That is mind blowing!! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. I’m excited to finish up the 19 baby quilts I’ve got planned out before summer vacation starts. I should be able to do it. I’ve finished 14 this year so far. Thanks for the chance to win! mto2golsen (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m excited to sew up some sleeveless summer tops and clothes for new babies being born :) x

  8. These fabrics are so lovely. I like your quilt, it’s quite unique. There are so many projects I want to make, I need to focus and pick one.

  9. I”m working on a quilt for my grandson! Hopefull will finish it soon so I can move on to the other UFO’s I have to tackle!

  10. This spring I’m most excited about making a quilt for my brother for his 80th birthday. He picked out the pattern and the color palette. Once I have the top made I’ll have him choose the backing. My goal is to deliver the finished quilt to him in time for Fathers Day.

  11. This collection is gorgeous! This Spring I really want to finish up some old projects before I start any new ones. That’s not terribly exciting but it’ll make me happy. Thanks for the chance to win!

    sarah123quilt AT gmail DOT com

  12. I really like the blossoms on your quilt. The bright colors says spring to me. It’s wonderful to have great cultural arts near you to draw on. I’m hoping to join the seven monthly challenges starting May 1 through Persimmon Dreams.

  13. I love how these prints look against black! I’m working on a quilt for my little girl and some summer clothes for both of us! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. The colours of this line are so cheery. I’d love to make a springtime quilt with this line. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. What a wonderful idea to mirror the fabric design in the applique shapes. It has made for a really stunning quilt. This spring I am excited to be working on a series of EPP projects, in particular a linen quilt that is to be appliqued with a series of Liberty epp butterflies I have designed and made. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win.

  16. Loooove your Quilt!!!
    Am excited to be working on few more baby things, & to finish quilt..for our newly arrived Granbaby! :) He came a few weeks ealrlier than expected! lol Am also starting to work on afew projects that will become Christmas gifts..shhhh giggle

  17. I am enjoying working on a variety of quilts right now. My current favorite handwork consists of tiny half inch hexies being made into flower gardens. It is also fun right now to machine quilt some of my many quilts that have been waiting for me to complete them. Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful fabrics.

  18. I would love to win this – am making a kaleidoscope inspired quilt. Your blog post inspires me to try a rainbow thememed quilt.

  19. Lovely fabric! I started making mini quilts in March and I can’t stop! My most recent one is a Dresden plate block, with each wedge made to look like a house.

  20. I recently finished a lap quilt with stars and lots of scrappiness and I was thrilled with that. Now I’m making scrappy zip pouches with tiny paper pieced birds and things on them and I am thrilled with that. So you get the idea — I’m usually most excited about my most recent project. Soon I plan to start an new one, which will surely be the most exciting one! At least temporarily.

  21. I’m going to start a new applique quilt in May. I have the pattern and fabric ready to go. Now I just need to find the time!

  22. I love my postage stamp project….100 1.5″ squares per block. I need 42 blocks and have 4 finished. Slow and steady.

  23. Thank you for the chance to win the new Spring Bloom bundle! I’m actually working on dolls for my little tein granddaughters at the moment. :)

  24. I am looking forward to finally finishing my king size quilt for my bed (hopefully). My old quilt is falling apart. I have been working on this quilt forever. I sure hope I can finish it up. powersjlc (at) gmail (dot) com . Thanks for the chance.

  25. I am most excited about stitching up a lovely spring table runner. I’d love to use the Spring Bloom bundle…the colors are perfect!

  26. Love the black background! And love these prints. I think this spring is going to be busy for me, but I am looking forward to projects in the summer!

  27. I’m making a flying geese quilt for my nephew. It’s fun to quilt for him because he has very specific likes and dislikes and if I get it right he will be delighted. He’s an interesting kid.

  28. sorry, I hit a button prematurely. I was saying this is such an interesting quilt. At first I thought they were representative of bees. But now I see the flowers after reading the whole post. I am a fan of using black as the background in most of my projects and always love when I see someone else do it as most of the time it seems to be white. Thanks for the chance! coudre at dmdrafting dot com

  29. I just finished a blue & yellow quilt for my bed, so I’m looking forward to making a coordinating quilt for my husband.

  30. Don’t enter me in the draw – I got to play with these beauties already – but I couldn’t leave without saying how much I love this quilt! That same motif inspired my choice of FMQ designs in my project.

  31. beautiful fabrics and beautiful design, i love the minimalism it makes the pops of color stand out!! and the backing is awesome!

  32. Beautiful quilt. I think it is a great idea to put the selvage on the back! I am looking forward to working on my daughter’s wedding quilt.

  33. Right now I’m gearing up for Market, finishing up quilts for displays. Mostly I’m excited to start sewing classes with my grandchildren as soon as school gets out. Love the quilt and the fabric. Thanks.

  34. I am working on a hexie quilt for my daughter..all hand-stitched. I’m loving how it has so many fabrics and so many different colors! Love the quilts, especially with the black background! very nice!

  35. I will be excited when I finish a Star Wars quilt that I seem to have been working on for a very long time!

  36. I have a big crush on this fabric – I’ve been following it via the blog hop and it thinks I’m a stalker…. I have some small quilty gifts to make that I’m looking forward to getting started on – handbags and teddy sleeping bags.

  37. I’m starting a quilt for my daughter’s college graduation (it will be a little late!). Great idea using the selvage directly on the quilt back to document the fabric! Many thanks!

  38. This is beautiful fabric and it looks great in your design. I do not know what I would make. I’d have to listen to the fabric and see what my quilty muse might imagine. Thank you for the chance … :) Pat

  39. Your quilt is beautiful! I love to applique too, and I’m working on a quilt with a Jane Townswick’s bird designs. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely fabric. It would make some great birds!

  40. I just went through all my sewing books and made a bucket list of everything I want to tackle each month for the rest of the year!! Hopefully I can stay on task! This month is pants and a shirt for my 1 y/o boy, and a shirt for my 3 y/o daughter :)

  41. I love the contrast in your quilt. Very lovely. I am looking forward to finishing a counted cross stitch for my MIL so I can go back to quilting.

  42. I’m excited about finishing my daughters SnowTime quilt and then starting on my other daughter’s red and white quilt kit I gave her for Christmas.

  43. What a beautiful interpretation of the blossoms in this gorgeous fabric! I am currently working on a quilt for my nephew’s high school graduation,mans in using black as the background as well. I was nervous about it but seeing yours here has inspired me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  44. Enjoying sewing some dolls and stuffed toys right now! Look forward to sewing some new clothing items for my 3 daughters soon too! Thanks for the chance at this lovely fabric!

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  46. I’m working on a charity nap quilt for a pre school. The theme is construction trucks so I guess it will be selected by a little boy.

  47. Nice play on the fabric motif. I’m really looking forward to playing with some new Kaffe prints this summer.

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