Sugar in the Snow

While Cindy is out west making her best ski-bunny pose, I’m toiling away in my newly relocated sewing studio, dreaming of soft kitties, pink and kind hearts, green grass, and old and unmet lovers. Weird, right? It’s a Valentine’s Day thing. Let’s call it a phase — a pre-spring fever phase.

Ancient History

A couple of years ago, I was all about the red for Valentine’s day decorating. I wanted to banish the soft and frilly pink of young love. I couldn’t bear the sight of cotton candy pink fluff adorning my home. It caused me to make a trip to the local thrift store with some pink decorations that I banished. In retrospect, I must have been channeling Marie Kondo — that pink did not spark joy.

This purge caused me to auction off an early pattern design attempt at February decor: a Valentine’s Day themed table topper, pictured below, at a family reunion that year.

Valentine's Day pink table topper
Family reunion auction winner

So with all the pink removed from my horizon, I went to the red side for a Valentine’s color-way. I followed along with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and, with charm pack to hand, created a blood red heart on a field of peach and minty greens to use in my entry hall.

Bright red heart table topper
Valentine Wall Hanging — Thanks Jenny Doan

Then a year or two ago I Turned a heart emoji into a message of enduring love. This e-heart mini quilt has adorned my office every February for the last two years (it’s also featured on FaveQuilts today) I still love it, but I cannot feel that passionate red any more.

valentine's day mini quilt
Passionate red — I’m not feeling it

Things are changing here in my neck of the woods and it calls for softness, a lighter touch, a blurring of the edges, and, frankly, a little wonkiness.

Improvisational piecing as therapy

With these thoughts drifting through my head, I stepped into my relocated sewing room and got to work, trying to lose all the ‘shoulds’, ‘whatifs’, and ‘whatwasIthinking’ thoughts that were chasing around in my mind.

Knowing that I needed to get the beautiful, but very bright red Winter Wonderland quilt off of my couch, I grabbed my trusty rectangular pillow form and got to work sewing together scrappy pink strips and bits and pieces of cream and cotton candy 1.5″ squares lying about. When I had a good shape, I added a little bit of hand sewing as a final touch.

Wonky but wonderful Sugar in the Snow pillow cover.
Winter wonderland, indeed.

I’ll be ready for February soon-ish.

8 thoughts on “Sugar in the Snow

  1. piecefulwendy says:

    Isn’t it funny how our moods change from time to time? I really am not a fan of hearts at all, but this year I decided I needed a Valentine’s quilt, with hearts on it. I found one I could tolerate, and then added reds (which I love) and pinks (not so much). Next year, I’ll probably not like it as much. We’ll see. I really like that blood red heart quilt with those quieter colors in the background!

  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Sandy! Isn’t it nice to have fabric choices to reflect our current passion?! I can totally understand the banishing of pink, and maybe even turning away from blood red. Nope – I can’t even type that without wincing. I love red! All shades. But your new project is calling to you and I love it as well. I do see a bit of pink in there, too – so you may have relented on that as well. Tolerance, I believe, is needed in all areas of life don’t you think?! Even in fabrics – all shades are welcome and needed. HAHA! ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Gray Barn Designs says:

    Oh, you didn’t have to make that Sugar in Snow pillow cover for me…but OK, I will accept it! It’s very pretty….must have pattern! 🙂

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