The bone-chilling cold and leaden gray skies are a soul-sapping reality as we hunker down into February. It seems like everywhere we look, our eyes are inundated with varying shades of gray (way more than 50!).
Personally, when the days are short and the terrain is drab and I am aching for a ray of sun, I have certain special rituals that help me make it through. I know I am not alone in my dreams of sunshine and flowers- many of my friends tell me they feel the same, and to that end we take special pleasure in planning our gardens for the sunny spring. Even a seed catalog can be just that extra bit of inspiration to bolster me against the oppressive chill and clouds. Another activity I relish during this time of year is to fortify my fabric stash. Your stash is your palette, your textile garden, as it were. The main thing to remember is to buy what you love, even if you don’t have a plan for it.
Fabric manufacturers generally produce specific colors and tones each year so if you don’t buy a little bit and keep it on hand, you may not be able to find that perfect shade when you do need it. Think about value (the lightness or darkness of the fabric in comparison to the other fabrics you’ll be using with it). The combination of light and dark is what gives a quilt depth and interest. it’s good to select a balance of light and dark fabrics, but low-value quilts can be quite beautiful too. Be sure to add a broad spectrum of values to your stash.
Here at Alice in Stitches we have a fresh array of gorgeous Hoffman batiks in subtle shades as well as a plethora of elegant asian-inspired fabrics that really provide the darker values in a luxurious way. We also have a new shipment of lighthearted and whimsical fabrics and panels from Blend that feel buoyant and springlike and are inspiring in this dark time of year.