Monday, January 07, 2008

In Search of color...

as always.If I were to make a list of my favorite things, the first thing on the list would be COLOR. Our dreary weather lingers on...it's warm enough outside for our snow to be melting, and every thing is drippy. Inside I'm feeling better for having talked about the gloom and then done something about it.I've shown this wall quilt(about 50" X 50") before. It was made using the bargello quilt pattern from Bonnie's Quiltville.The first time I made the pattern, it was totally scrappy and was just 'so-so' on pleased. I decided I'd like it better if each fabric followed all the way across. So I did one in circus colors for one of the grandsons. That one lead me to this sort of color gradation idea. After this one I made one more, in kid fabrics, for the youngest grandson. All 4 that I have done are hand quilted with perle cotton and that big stitch.
And here is today's SUNSHINE....big yellow shoes. Not sure what it is about them, but they make me smile. When I posted them last time someone thought they were CLOGS..they aren't. They are actual wooden shoes such as you would see in Holland. Not sure who painted them as I got them at a yard sale for a quarter. I've been tempted to plant some sedem in them in the spring. It would take a plant that has a shallow root systerm as there is limited soil space inside.
The yellow shoes had been in the garage with the flower pots til last evening. I brought them in so I could enjoy the color. What my window world needs today is the bright red flash of a cardinal *VBS* I'll keep looking!

19 comments:

Lucy said...

Love to see your yellow wooden shoes :-)

Libby said...

Love those yellow shoes . . . a bright, sunshiny way to look at the day *s*

Kathie said...

Love those shoes Finn!
I always wanted dutch shoes and yellow!
for a quarter what a deal!
Yes put plants in them that would be fun...
these have to cheer you up and make you smile everytime you walk by them.
Kathie

Barbara C said...

Great sunny shoes and a beautiful quilt. Those are some cheerful colors.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Purple pansies would look great in the yellow shoes. Think spring!

Susan said...

I much prefer the bargello you've shown. The scrappy one has always bothered my sense of something or other. =) Do you plan that out on graph paper or EQ first to get the colors right?

Tropical Screamer said...

I love that quilt, Finn. It always reminds me of a rainbow. And those shoes are pure sunshine.

Thank you for the shiny post.

Darilyn

Clare said...

Thank you for bringing sunshine into what is starting off as a miserable grey foggy day here. Did you know that yesterday was officially the most depressing day of the year which is probably why you were feeling so miserable.

I now going to get my stash out and play with some summer fabrics.

Joyce said...

Love the shoes. Maybe you should wear them in the garden. In France they used to wear them too and they said they never got cold feet in them. I have a pair but they hurt my feet too much to wear. Mine are not a nice yellow like yours though.

KCQuilter said...

Oh, thank you for the day-brighteners. Colorful quilts and painted wooden shoes--how cheery!

Leslie said...

Love the quilt. My comment is the same at Susan's. The scrappy ones always bothered me, :D and do you plan out the colors first??
*hugs*

atet said...

The shoes are great! (and so is the quilt) I know just what you mean about needing an infusion of color to combat the dreary blahs this time of year brings. We may have had a warm up in temps -- but I still just want to hide until spring! Maybe a shot of color is what I need?

loulee1 said...

Love the Bargello.
Like you I could use some warm colours. I settled on dainty flowers on a new start.

andsewitis Holly said...

Hi Finn, the bargellow is very cheerful looking. I like color, too, that's one reason why I don't like snow. Yellow is one of my favorite colors because of the warmth it represents. I tend to deep clean my house a lot when I'm stuck inside in this weather. It isn't as clean in the summer :)

meggie said...

Lovely brights!!
We have plenty right now, & the greens are just wonderful in our garden.

Melzie said...

Well you certainly brightened up MY day Finn! Thank you ;) xoxo melzie

anne bebbington said...

Those wooden shoes make me smile too Finn - thanks for sharing them :o)

Kathy said...

What a beautiful quilt! I've never made a bargello quilt, but you inspire me.

Love those shoes! Put something purple in them!

Karen said...

Gorgeous yellow shoes!