Monday, September 5, 2011

A Life Full of Color

Labor Day is here and I'm happily working in my sewing room while much needed rain falls outside. The inspiration that struck me earlier this summer continues to bring new design ideas and color combinations. I've sketched and made notes for a variety of projects, including purses, computer bags, quilts, home d├ęcor, and clothing.
Here's the one I finished yesterday: This and That and the Other is a bright, cheerful wall quilt with a surprise... 
it's reversible.  Bali Colorwave, the other side, reminds me of a tropical sunrise. I had intended to use one print panel on the back, but couldn't resist these pretty pink and purple Bali blends. 

I shopped online at and Hancock's of Paducah for the gorgeous fabrics that I combined with a few of my own scraps. (Yeah, I know that I should be using more of my fabric stash, but who can resist new fabric that is just a click away?)

Color can affect a person's mood and I could be proof that bright colors stimulate creativity. Painting my room purple has sparked a flurry of activity. Some hues bring happy, passionate, warm and creative feelings; others invoke thoughts of reflection, peace, and simplicity. Even dark, gloomy, dull colors have their place. My life is full of color and I love it!  

I'm retired, but I'm not sure there is enough time to sew all the designs that are spiraling around in my head. And even if I did, what would I do with all this stuff? It may be time to start an online storefront. We'll see. Meanwhile, it's still raining and I want to play around with some of those fabric scraps...I have another idea.

Useful Notion: Some crafters sort fabric by color, others sort by light, dark, and medium hues. Either way you choose, organizing fabric scraps saves time.

Life is about using the whole box of crayons. ~RuPaul