Spring sewing is tricky here in Chicago. Do you put out handmade spring items when the calendar says you can, even if there is snow on the ground? Do you put them out for the spring holidays? Do you use those items to try and force the weather to become more springlike? Yes, yes and yes!
If the weather isn't spring like then the spring sewing items are even more important to keep our tenuous grasp on hope, on the promise of sun, warmth and better weather! To sew something spring like is to deny what you know, that spring in Chicago can be grueling. Oh, but those glorious days when we do see the sun and feel some warmth, then you will be glad you have those bright colors around the house. If we don't have hope then what do we have? (Well, sure pizza but what else?) Just construction, pre winter, winter and post winter in a dystopian future frozen land borrowed from some dismal TV programs. Who wants to recreate Game of Thrones in real life! (Yes, in Chicago we are a little nervous that the new season begins on Easter!)
Buy some yellow fabric! Mix in something sunny, so what if your favorite team has had its Opening Day snowed out. (Yes, that has happened in Chicago.) Make a little quilt which draws a line in the sand, or snow, and says, I have hope of better weather! (But I am not stupid, I won't put my winter coat away until May. OK, June.)
Here is another ray of sunshine that I have out on my island counter top right now. Admit it, it looks sunny and hopeful. Well, I like it! And my spring sewing creates hope for me and I bet if you work with these kinds of fabrics you will have some more hope also.
You know that the warmth will come, why not celebrate it? So what if it is cool until school gets out. You can make it better just in your house!
Sure I can get down in the dumps with the weather also. But if I sew with bright colors, hey, it helps me deny, don't knock it.
Want to throw off the winter blues? Wear some bright colors and put them in your house as well. Do some spring sewing! And I will too...but... if it stays cold, well, we can order some more pizza!
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