November 24, 2015
Between falling temperatures and shorter days, our drive to seek out ways to be cozy outside — whether wrapped up in a shawl, wearing a soft flannel, or pulling on thicker socks — is making us think a lot more about how to be cozy inside. Definitely, we could but another sweater on, but there’s something about snuggling under a a quilt on the couch or adding one as an extra layer to your bed that is just so delightfully winter, you know? Of course, the best way to get a quilt (or several, which is even better) is to make them!
Besides offering a blanket to burrito yourself (and your loved ones) in, quilts bring colour and pattern and fun into a season that, as it lengthens, can sometimes start to feel colourless and dead. A bright and/or patterned quilt can help alleviate seasonal boredom by injecting a little bit of something else into your day: Miss your garden in the winter? Sew a quilt with florals! Bored with the uniform grey/white/brown colour scheme? Go wild with colour! Or, maybe you’re inspired by the season — there is definitely something magical about the way ice can coat a leaves and branches, or bird tracks through a fresh dusting of snow — sew a whole-cloth quilt and hand quilt it in the patterns that inspire you. Truly, there is no end to what you can do.
But, so many choices can make it hard to know where to start. We have been known to spend hours pouring over pattern books. Reading about the inspiration behind the block design, thinking about colours and shapes, and considering the quilting possibilities. If you’re not sure where to start, choose a book that inspires you (we have lots to get going) and just start. When making a cozy blanket, it’s very hard to go wrong, and we are here to help if you need it!