Sunday, January 29, 2012

Spring Dreaming

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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10 comments:

  1. Ah, Willow, I feel that way every time I walk into a fabric shop or yarn store--I wander around with a goofy grin saying, "ooh, pretty!" Which may explain why I have four different kinds of yarn for four knitting projects (well, I did start one of them--in 2002).

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    1. They are pretty! It's as if cotton, wool, alpaca, bamboo, flax, and all the other natural fibers keep some of summer's sunshine buried inside them so it can leak out during the winter when we really need it.

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  2. I felt that way walking through a dress shop early this afternoon. The sales clerk pointed out all the bright spring colors, hoping I'd be so amazed I'd buy something. I agreed -- they give you hope for spring and warmth and no snow.

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    1. New fabrics, yarn, clothes--they all help take away the winter blahs. What about new electronics? Would they have to be pastels?

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  3. Bright colors really do give hope that spring will be around the corner. I walk the dogs, imagining all the gardening projects that I won't get to!

    ~ Krista

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    1. My dogs seem to imagine gardening projects, too. I need to train them to dig on command.

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  4. If I had a spare room, it would be filled with fabric and quilting notions.

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    1. Spare? Keep raising that bed on cartons, though it is difficult to get to that stash.

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  5. There's something about all that colour when everything seems dark and cold. It's like a breath of springtime. Don't blame you at all for lifting your spirits in such a cheerful way!

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    1. I may have more plans to make things than I have time to make them . . . Oh, well, I get a lot of pleasure from looking at and touching the fabrics and ribbons.

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