by Willow Vanderling from the Threadville Mystery series by Janet Bolin
Sometimes, especially in a dreary monochromatic winter like this one has been, I absolutely need to see and touch fabrics.
Yesterday, after I closed my own shop, In Stitches, I just had to run across the street and tour Batty About Quilts. Naomi arranges her bolts of fabrics in rainbow order, and the trend this year is toward colors that appear to be drenched in sunlight. I walked up and down every aisle, touching the bright reds, yellows, blue, and purples. And the greens. For some reason, I was drawn to the grassiest and leafiest greens.
I had no plans to make a quilt, but I couldn’t help buying yards and yards of cotton fabrics in all the shades of April’s baby leaves.
To make matters worse, after I finished at Batty About Quilts, I went next door to Edna’s notions shop, Buttons and Bows. I bought yards of satin ribbons the colors of daffodils, crocuses, tulips, forsythia, and lilacs.
And now I’m designing a quilt. I’ll use the embroidery software and machines in my machine embroidery boutique to create embroidered blossoms. And the ribbons? Maybe I’ll fasten bows in the corners between the squares…
It will be a simple quilt, a small quilt, and it really shouldn’t take very long.
Right. That’s what I always say.
What do you find yourself planning, designing, and creating in the depths of winter?
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