I am witnessing the leaves slowly falling off the trees and creating a quilt of foliage on the ground below. It also has become obvious that when I climb into my vehicle my body screams “Turn on the doggone seat warmer”! So begrudgingly I believe it is time the bathing suits and shorts need to retire until 2017. I absolutely LOVE cold weather…said this quilter never! And the thought of filling my closet with sweaters, turtlenecks and long pants already has me feeling the winter blues. Palm trees, Jimmy Buffett music, and a personal cabana boy that serves me tropical drinks while I quilt sounds like the ideal living situation. But it’s back to reality; I will have to make do with playing Reggae music and fueling up the fireplace so I can walk around the studio barefoot.
Which brings me asking you a few question: Do any of you change the way you go about quilting in the winter? How about your fabrics? Do the seasons of fall and winter have you selecting different fabrics for your projects? And are your color schemes and time you put forth quilting altered? Although I really detest the cold, and I mean really detest the cold, it does not have me deviating from my color and fabric preferences. I guess I refuse to give up the vibe of warmer weather. My quilting time actually ends earlier during the warm, sunshine summer filled days where I can make time for my of love of golf, and other outdoor activities. The “I don’t want to leave my house or get out of my pajama days of winter” instills a desire to be more productive and descending into the studio. Sadly, there is no golfing, so in order to transmit a little sunshine into my day I submerge myself into quilting.
Binding my quilts in the winter is one of my all time favorite things to do. When I find myself perched by the fire with a quilt on my lap performing handwork I am definitely in my happy place. If I could just save them all for December, January and February life would be great; ugh those three LONG months. Since my thoughts are in “cold temperature mode” they have me considering broaching a new appliqué project for the upcoming season. Hold on a second, I forgot. I actually have a UFO that needs to be completed; what great timing! It seems I need to finalize the appliqué on this project…..
During the brainstorming of this design I envisioned purples and greens; which is more the typical color choice for me. This color scheme completely falls outside my color wheel and has me feeling very unsettled. As I stare at what I have accomplished thus far I question myself “Should I pursue what I have put in motion, or do I contemplate revamping my initial design”? Such decisions, what’s a quilter to do?
I’d love to hear about your winter quilting rituals.