Thursday, January 23, 2014

Spring Fever

Kumquats for Marmalade
Picture from my Instagram account 

It never fails that once the holidays are over, I am ready for spring.  I love the festiveness and warmth of the holidays and January is just drab and dreary.

A couple of weeks ago I spent a week in Florida visiting family and drooling over the beach wishing it was warmer.  It was a fun trip and I brought these lovely kumquats back with me.  My sister's boyfriend's mother had them growing in her yard and she sent me home with a bundle.  They are the more sour type of kumquat which is my preference.  They are so pretty and sunny... and when I look at them, I am so ready for spring and gardening and sunny walks in the park... and no more bitterly cold wind!

She sent me home with so many that I couldn't let them go to waste.  I decided to turn these little lovelies into marmalade.

Making Marmalade

I haven't made much progress on my economy blocks because I have been in the kitchen the past two days, but it so worth it!

Marmalade Jars

Now I just need to find a place to store it all.  I have some family members that have already claimed a few jars.


In the spirit of spring fever, I put together a spring themed collage from flickr.  It makes me happy to see all those beautiful, bright and cheerful colors.  I hope it provides a little inspiration and spring in your day!

Spring Collage
1. La Sol Custom Pillow, 2. couple in flower, 3. Zipper bag „An apple a day", 4. Color Hex Quilt, 5. Cute sewing box, 6. embroidery!, 7. Reversible pillow tutorial, 8. Quilted Weekender Bag, 9. So, sew your pants, 10. Gold and Gray, 11. Pink roses, 12. Petal Pod Quilt - d, 13. green pillow, 14. wildflower garden quilt: block #2, 15. Floral Bouquet Quilt - folded, 16. Blueberries, 17. My First Embroidery, 18. Quilt #3 Closeup, 19. Quilt on grass, 20. From the top..., 21. Sis Boom Hexagons, 22. hand embroidered small zippered bag, 23. Pink tulips in window lighting, 24. sew buzzy square 1, 25. echino log cabin quilting in progress, 1.

Now I just need to get back to those economy blocks!

Happy Sewing!


  1. I have a kumquat tree in my backyard and have tried to make marmalade with them with n success :( Would you mind sharing your recipe pretty please with sugar on top?

  2. I would love the recipe also, pretty please :-) The marmalade looks sooooo...good.

  3. That looks sunny and yummy! :)

  4. oh my looks like these will be mighty tasty
    come see what we shared at


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