Monday, February 13, 2017

Dullsville

Welcome to Dullsville - the view out my sewing room windows every day, all day.


Just that unbright, all the time here lately.  Oh it makes me want to cry.  Today the sun actually came out though, I opened the blinds and mum got a laser beam of sun smack in the eye.  We pulled up chairs and sat in it, like cats.

Since it's been so dreary here, I've had to pull out all my bright scraps to play with.  One can only take so much of brown and grey before sanity reasserts itself.


Sashing is too wide at the moment, easy fix.  I'm having some issues trying to stitch it down with my machine - I usually use my walking foot for machine applique, it has a wide opening so that I can see the blanket stitch, but it's leaving a scratch in the fabric all along where I'm stitching.

I'm trying to avoid doing it by hand....I'm hand quilting my Lemon Tree, plus doing embroidery, and for some reason my chest is killing me.  I know what it is, it's the joints in my breastbone - just not sure what to do to make it better except rest.  That means no stitching by hand, *sob*, so my machine had better behave.

So, what are you working on - brights?  Pastels?  Prim colors?  Whatever it is, I hope it's lifting your spirits like my brights are for me!!



See ya soon - 
Love,
Allie


26 comments:

WoolenSails said...

That is a fun project to chase the winter blues away.
We have beautiful sun today but so windy I can't stand being outside.

Debbie

Connie the Cootiebug said...

Hello to you. It's very dull and brown and gray in my area too. The hand stitching project that has been on-going is a grandmother's flower garden. The flowers are pastels but the path is a shade of red so it is bright. Hand piecing for me is slow but I work on it almost every evening. Today I'm sitting more than anything, just made some afternoon coffee to sip as I read blogs for a while.

Jeanette said...

Very pretty project Allie. Hope you get some lovely sunshine soon. I'm kinda of over sunshine at the moment as we've just been through a heat wave. Hugs,xx

I am said...

Hi Allie i love your project,sunshine makes you feel happy so i am glad that you and your mum got some.
Hope you feel better soon Allie and the pain goes away in your chest,give your lovely mum a hug from me ,take care my friend xx

Sandra :) said...

It's very bright in my area --- however, that's because we have a LOT OF SNOW (hubby shovelled 3X yesterday! THREE!) and it's brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr very cold >:D

puddlingabout said...

Good thing you don't live in Houston, we have dreary on a regular basis. The thing is our dreary is overcast humid filled skies and 80 degrees at present. Blue skies are not common here as the humidity keeps everything looking grey even in the sunny summer.

Love the bright colors. I'm working on sewing lessons with the girls which is fun.

Karen said...

The sashing does not look too wide to me. Maybe you need a new needle.

You are going to have to move south if you want more sunny days in the winter.

Nancy J said...

We are in summer and have had lots of grey days, wind, rain,and not a suntanned leg to be seen!!! Keep on with the bright fabrics, they will be like a summer sun.

Anthea said...

Oh cold weather has a habit of getting us down doesn't it?! Good idea to take advantage of the sunshine when it did appear, however briefly.

I love that stripey fabric, I'm sure it will all come together nicely!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Oh I'm loving your tulips. :-) xxxx

Yvonne said...

If Spring seems still far away.....make your own! And that is just what you did with those lovely tulips! Love the sashing, it is perfect!

conny's quilts said...

These tulips sparkle, spring is in the air, or at least in your sewingroom! greetings, Conny

Natureluvr57 said...

It has been an extremely gloomy winter here in Illinois. Lots of ice, rain and even a thunderstorm. Strange but thankfully not a lot of snow since I'm the one who shovels the stuff-no hubby and no kind neighbors. So, we have to make our own sunshine the best we can. Today we have sun but for how long-that is the question. I have to make 498 4 1/2 inch pinwheels for 3 tractor quilts I'm working on plus I'm crocheting a Roses and Pineapple bedspread which will take me the rest of my life to finish, I'm working on block 2 of 96 now. I do have about 55 roses crocheted in lots of luscious colors though. Now is the time to work on projects because in Spring I'll be digging up the garden to plant.

Kathy said...

I get an ache in my chest too when I hand quilt, or even doing it by machine. Just have lousy posture and don't realize it until it's too late. And, if you can figure out what part of your walking foot is leaving the scratches, can you put a piece of scotch on that area of the foot?

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your bright flowers. Those are sure to perk you up during these dull Michigan days. Beautiful here today but understand snow coming tomorrow, so keep working on those tulips!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Here's wishing you and your Mom more Sunshine. We had it today for about 5 minutes.

Hope you gals had a great Valentine's Day.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Your tulips are so springy Allie. Since we are in the middle of another weather warning...snow, spring is a long way off for us. All the more reason to enjoy such bright, cheery fabrics. Sun has been visible but only in very brief glimpses. I don't remember a winter so gloomy. But happy sewing to you and your recuperating mom.

Cathy said...

I love your bright tulips. The black and white border is perfect. Hugs

KaHolly said...

You need a bird feeder to watch from that window! Love your bright, happy colors! Hope you feel better soon and can get back to handsewing. I'm finishing up a pair of quilts for a set of twins. The baby shower is in a week and a half, so I cannot procrastinate! Back to my machine! XO

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

The bright fabrics are calling my name, too. Spring is coming!! I second the bird feeder idea. I love having a feeder outside my sewing room window.

Karen Schurr said...

I can imagine the scene of you and mum sitting in the sun smiling. Those tulips should do the trick to brighten things for you. Hope you get feeling better real soon, Sweetie. Hugs.

desertskyquilts said...

Those are terrific big flowers! I like the black and white stripe in between them. I hope you are having some of the sunshine and warmth I'm getting today. My flowers are all fooled into thinking it's spring. I saw some redbud and flowering plum blooming on Valentine's Day!

Águeda said...

My dear friend:
I hope you feel better soon.
I really like your project. The sashing is perfect in my opinion.
My greetings to your mother too.
Although I do not have time to write, for the moment, you know that I think of you with much affection and I miss writing to you.
Hugs.

Shasta Matova said...

I don't know why I haven't commented on this post - I saw it earlier. Must have been when my computer decided it needed a reboot. I can just imagine the two of you soaking in the sun like cats. Your project is so pretty - the beautiful fabrics and the striped sashing.

Linda in Calif. said...

Your work certainly is the way to brighten the day. I wish I was working on brights or pastels, or anything! I'm working on taxes. ugh :-(

Tanya said...

Dullsville can be a good thing too. Of course I agree completely that brightening a home and heart with some colorful fabric is a good remedy for too much dull!

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