Happy Sunday morning! Here in Newfoundland, it’s a beautiful one. There’s a nip in the air and heavy dew, but it’s calm, with mist on the pond, and the sunny promise of a late summer day. Yes, there are quilt blocks on my dock. It was such a still morning, I decided to tempt fate and took my Moda Blockheads 3 blocks outdoors to see how they looked. The light from the rising sun washed them out a little, but I think they are pretty sweet. Such well behaved blocks! They didn’t even lift a corner, let alone jump into the water. Most of the blocks have a light green background (Honeydew for those of you who speak Kona); I wanted a change from white that would work with Zen Chic’s Hey Dot and Tula Pink’s All Stars, but still be light. I think it’ll work, although it was getting a bit lacklustre until I added a couple blocks with different outside edges. It was just too calm and predictable. I was getting bored.
I haven’t been sewing much for the last few months. The nice weather drew me outside, work got busier, I had a couple short vacations, and I redecorated my bedroom, but mostly, my spirit was sucked out with Covid reports and other newsworthy miseries. I finally decided it was time to reclaim one of the great joys of my life, and get sewing. The Blockheads quilts have been calling me for years, so I started with block 30 of the latest one. I fussy cut an animal. Who can resist a sleeping fox? I was underway. Don’t know where I’m headed, but I’m underway.
For those of you in a similar frame of mind, I suggest you put away those mask patterns (not the masks. Wear them, but not in your sewing room). Make a block. Make any block that appeals to you. Choose your favourite fabric to do it, perhaps a piece you’ve been hoarding for years, waiting for a special project. Now is the time to take your rotary cutter to it and experience the pure joy of slicing into beautiful fabric (you may need a new blade to experience that joy). It is time to embrace joy. We can’t fix the world in a day, but we can fix our sewjo. I’m not suggesting we ignore the hugely important issues of racial equality and police violence and a global pandemic, but I am declaring that mental health is hugely important too.
Stay healthy. Avoid crowds. Wear masks. Sew something exciting with fabric you love, and have FUN.