Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Seasonal Colors

Recently, I have had somewhat of an epiphany as to why I start so many projects.  With the gray weather we have been having recently, I really needed to sew on some extremely colorful fabrics.  And when I am in this mood, there are only a few designers that seem to fit the bill.  And it dawned on me maybe that is why I seem to start so many of these color 'crazy' quilts in the winter.


Luckily, I had some older projects that I have been wanting to finish that have tons of color or I would have been tempted to either not sew or to start yet another quilt. These Martha Negley fabrics have been stored in a bag with another pattern for years but I decided to use Wrenly's Place by Valorie Wells and make a big quilt with them.

It is up on the design wall now and coming along nicely.  The melon background is doing a great job of chasing away any of the winter blues that make it into my studio.  Today I picked up a woven plaid for the back that should tone it down a little bit.   I will certainly show it off once it is finished.

And over on the other design wall, I dug out the quilt I refer to as the Clown Quilt.  Oddly enough, I started it last winter and it got pushed aside in the spring.  I just need to sew the pieced borders to finish it up.  I love Brandon Mabley's Dapple fabric as the sashing.

Needless to say, my sewing room is glowing with color right now. I'm hoping to get these two old projects done before the sun starts shining and the daffodils start growing.  I find I always need to sew in clear spring colors and pastels until I get flowers in the garden.  Every spring I have to fight the urge to buy 30's reproduction fabrics - I'm tempted every year.

Leave me a comment if there are certain colors you like to work on this time of year.  I'd love to hear about what colors you are drawn to.  Stay warm!


  1. All that color should chase away any winter darkness. Love the orange.

  2. That is a cheerful quilt for your sewing room.

  3. Love the bright colors!! Right now I am doing two quilts one with earth tones and the other bright teals and a touch of orange. I guess I must me feeling the same as you. Need to brighten up this time of year! Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

  4. Those fabrics in your Clown Quilt are wonderful! I, too, prefer to make colorful quilts, but I do it all year round. We have lots of winter sun where I live, so the gray doesn't affect me too much. Guess I just like color. Can't wait to see your finished quilts.


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