Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Inspiration - Hello Sun!

There seems to be a common belief that in the Pacific Northwest it rains all the time during the winter.  Okay, it does rain or drizzle a lot, but it's rare to have a day where it rains steadily the whole time, so usually one can get out for a dryish walk.  However, it is cloudy most of the time so it's really exciting when the sun peeks through the clouds!  Seeing it today made me realize how much I'm missing those golden yellow summer afternoons!

One way around this lack of yellow sunshine is to work on a project with that warm summer feeling.  I've found a few ideas!

Today's Quilter has free patterns and instructions for making a Sunshine Quilt Block using fat quarters.  This would make a great quilt for those cold, gray winter days or a nice pillow or two to brighten up a living room.

If you have a local quilting fabric shop they likely have a good selection of fat quarters as does Joann's.  If that doesn't work, I found these two fun fat quarter bundles at the online Fat Quarter Shop, this one in yellow ...

and this one in warm oranges.

If sitting by the fire embroidering sounds good (and it does to me!), Handiworks offers a free YouTube video here on creating a basket of sunflowers.

The daffodils are starting to poke their green stems up through the dirt here!  Judy Hartman (Art and Stitch) has a great free tutorial on making a darling little bunch of felt daffodils.

Last winter I made a fun to knit cowl that's also free.  Spiral Cowl is one of those almost mindless knits you can work on anywhere and would look great in a warm sunshine yellow.  

Juniper Moon's Moonshine is a super soft wool, alpaca, and silk blend - Sun Haze would be a good color!

Another good choice would be Malabrigo's Silky Merino (silk and merino wool) in Sand.

Finally, if you're feeling more into jewelry making than fibers lately, take a look here!  I love participating in Sarajo Wentling's monthly challenges and this month's inspiration photo is beautiful yellow black eyed susans!  Instructions on how to participate are on the February Challenge page here.

Eric Wentling
Happy Creating!  Deborah

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