Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Vibrant Spring’ Ornaments and Tree Skirt by Karina Hittle

Lazies, Today, Karina Hittle of Artful Offerings shares her fabulous and fun Vibrant Spring ornaments and tree skirt with us. This is the fifth of twelve daily features in the ‘Day Z Dozen’ blog hop.

Vibrant Star

Here’s Karina:
I was inspired to create the Vibrant Spring pattern by an invitation from Holly Holderman, design director & owner of LakeHouse Dry Goods™, to create a new design and possible showcase centerpiece for her booth at the Houston International Quilt Market last Autumn.

vibrant-spring-dayz-_b8bfa2.jpgI wanted to create something that would be “eye catching” for the show, yet could be used as a novel home decoration to capture the bursting colors of Springtime.

Since this was a quilt show and the theme was brilliantly vibrant gerbera daisies, I wondered if this might be the perfect opportunity to design a quilted daisy ornament and reversible tree skirt. I thought that perhaps I could integrate my trademark approach to “maintenance free gardening” and to make it into a lickety-split-sew-simple “weekend gardening project!”

vibrant-spring-orang_b8bfe7.jpgThe Vibrant Spring pattern features easy-to-quilt {or not} double-sided ornaments that are stuffed with fiber fill and feature easy raw edge finishing.

To add a dash of sparkle, the center of each daisy can be embellished with a faceted jet-black button.

For an additional layer of texture and whimsical merriment, the leaves are tied to the top of each daisy with bright green rick rack! In an instant, these bold blooming daisies are ready to hang anywhere by clipping 1″ black drapery clips to the leaves. How fun and easy is that???

vibrant-spring-green_b8c031.jpgFor a refreshing twist and to achieve greater contrast, hang the daisy ornaments from the limbs of a black feather tree with orange berry-tipped branches. This unique style idea will make those daisies POP!

The reversible tree skirt can be quilted {or not} and is trimmed in black rick rack and pom pom fringe, again to contrast and make the tree skirt explode in brilliant color! This design is sure to add pizzazz to your home or office decor.

At Spring Quilt Market this coming May, I look forward to introducing some more exciting patterns for sewing artists, using the newest collection of LakeHouse Dry Goods fabrics!

About Artful Offerings:
In addition, my husband Audie {Artful Offerings business manager} and I will be spreading the word about the upcoming first book by Artful Offerings, featuring Christmas designs with a delicious twist. Martingale & Company® is publishing the book and it will be available in the July/August 2007 time frame.

Karina_Hittle_portrait_Sep04Finally, my goal at Artful Offerings is to create an artful experience, which evokes an element of excitement and surprise, from the moment you first see my pattern designs thru the entire creative process!

I hope you have as much fun making this pattern as I had designing it. I encourage you to explore your own creativity! However you decide to display your Vibrant Spring ornaments and reversible tree skirt, have fun with them!!! Please click here to visit our website and view my “Fresh Ideas Notebook” using the Vibrant Spring pattern.
– Karina and Audie Hittle

Here’s all the product information for today’s feature ’Vibrant Spring’. Check quilt shops to purchase the pattern and fabrics.

Artful Offerings
Vibrant Spring Ornaments
Pattern No. 2006064 – 10 fabrics

Ornaments & Reversible Tree Skirt
Enough for about 20 Two-Sided Ornaments

1 Yard Flowers LH05012 DayZ Chain: Snow
1/2 Yard Leaf Top LH05028 Teeny Weeny Ticking: Chartreuse
1/2 Yard Leaf Top LH04036 Tiny Ticking: Leaf
1/2 Yard Leaf Bottom LH03035 Frosted Dots: Green

Tree Skirt
7/8 Yard Top LH05025 Party Polka: Cherry & Melon
1 Yard Lining LH04036 New Tiny Ticking: Papaya

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13 Responses to “Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Vibrant Spring’ Ornaments and Tree Skirt by Karina Hittle”

  1. Karina Hittle — March 9, 2007 @ 6:07 am

    Hello Everyone!

    Just a quick note to thank all you “Lazies” for joining in the DayZ Dozen Blog-Hop today! I had so much fun designing the “Vibrant Spring” pattern and getting ready for this fun-filled event.

    I would like to extend a huge thank you to Holly & Joan for “designing”, pun intended! :), this wonderful Blog-Hop and inviting me to participate. Holly it is an absolute pleasure for me to be working with you and your stunningly exquisite fabric designs!

    Have a terrific day of hopping!


  2. holly holderman — March 9, 2007 @ 7:34 am

    These trees caused quite a stir at fall market…make sure to see some of Karina’s other projects from Fall ’06 Quilt market on her adorable web site! I will be “posting” a lot of snapshots from our booths from years-gone-by on the new website…you can see these fun and fabulous trees and lot of other fun themed displays and vignettes too…it’s one of the things I look forward to all year long…

  3. Penny — March 9, 2007 @ 8:18 am

    Karina what a wonderful idea, I love the tree skirt & ornaments. Lots of thoughts running through my head, there is so much you can do with these. I am calling my looking quilt shop & giving her the 411 on this! Fabulous website & the Lolly-Pop plant I gotta have!


  4. Tauna Griffith — March 9, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    This blog was so fun and exciting to see! I have known Karina for nearly 20 years and have watched her creativity literally ‘bloom and grow’ during that time. She never ceases to amaze me with the variety of design styles and the playfulness with which she executes them. I love her patterns, and I know how hard she works on each and every one of them to make them beautiful and easy to stitch. I’m always eager to see what she will create next!

    Thanks again for creating this blog hop! All the projects and designers have created beautiful projects – I can’t wait to get started! 🙂

  5. Tammy Tadd — March 9, 2007 @ 9:41 am

    Hi Karina!

    I saw your tree and ornaments at fall market and thought they were adorable! Love the tree skirt as well. I’m a “sucker” for ric rac like so many other ladies. Why did we stop seeing it for a while? It’s one of those things from my childhood that I’m excited to see “come back”. Can’t say THAT about everything!! GREAT design! Can’t wait to make one for my shop.

  6. Pam — March 9, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    These are so clever and cute!

  7. Mary Lou Hallenbeck — March 9, 2007 @ 5:48 pm


    What an ADORABLE Tree! Who says we can only decorate our homes with Christmas Trees???!!! Your creation is perfect for bringing in blooming & vibrant colors any time we want. And the LakeHouse fabric is sure PERFECT for it. Wish I could make an entire FOREST of Flowering Trees!
    You look like a MOVIE STAR! Hey gals….Isn’t she gorgoeus! Quilting must agree with her…BIG TIME!
    Thanks for the great project and inspiration.

    Mary Lou Hallenbeck
    H.D. Designs

  8. Cecile — March 9, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    Hi Karina!
    When I saw your name on the list of designers for the DayZ Dozen hop, I couldn’t wait to see what you came up with to use this gorgeous fabric. And sure enough, once again you have created a fabulous and completely easy project! I am eagerly anticipating the new Artful Offerings book because I’m sure it will be full of great Christmas projects.

    Happy Spring to you and Audie!

    Just Another Button Company

  9. Audie {Karina's Husband} — March 9, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

    In my totally unbiased opinion, I concur with all the great and glowing BLOG comments about Karina and her fabric art designs. It warms my heart to read the nice things everyone has to say about Karina’s work. It’s been a delight helping Karina get ready for the Lazy Girl Blog Hop, and I hope you all have even half as much fun making some of these designs as we’ve had in sharing them with you.
    Kind Regards,
    Audie Hittle {Karina’s adoring husband}
    Artful Offerings

  10. Cindy Oates — March 10, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    Hi Karina.
    I remember this tree and ornaments from Quilt Market and how beautiful it looked in the Lakehouse booth. How clever of you to use the black feather tree. (Which I think is meant for Halloween) It shows off the colors of the flowers so beautifully and lets you use the tree all year round.
    Cindy O

  11. Nancy Wells — March 10, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    While I am a strickly Debbie Mumm fabric store (600 bolts strong), these ornaments have enticed me to expand my horizon in my off-line shop. I’m admitting I haven’t taken my Christmas tree down. (long story) Everyone who sees it makes fun of me….won’t they be jealous of the creative new Spring ornaments and bright tree skirt? :o)

  12. Darby — March 19, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    Great Blog Karina! I love Gerber Daisies. You are creating some fantastic art. See you soon. Darby.

  13. DEALUCIA — June 30, 2009 @ 12:42 pm