We arrived home from the midwest the first week in January and went into some serious funk. December handled us badly on several fronts: holiday frenzy, traveling, sewer crisis, four new tires, viruses and extreme temperatures below zero. I couldn't sew when the house wouldn't get above 66º, but on warmer days I experienced what is meant by "quilting is therapy." I closed myself up in my sewing room with an audiobook and the sewing machine, and just sewed. The quilt is going well, but it was to a point where the end of the centerpiece motif was almost done. The stitching was monotonous. The bugs had been worked out. The end was in sight and the sewing machine sang its lovely chorus. This was what I needed to get my mind off the bigger worries and discomforts for a couple of hours each day. It is amazing what a little sewing can do to rest your brain and restore your spirit.
It also helps to finally make progress on the quilt. I have now pulled out most of the paper and am ready for the first border. It is exciting to start a new phase of any quilt, but especially this one. I reached this point once before and that is when I decided to start all over again from the beginning. Soooooo glad that I did! Putting the blocks all together was challenging as there were many points to match up. However, with the precision of paper piecing most of them went together easily.
Below is a sneak peak of the main part of the quilt. Borders, appliqué and quilting still ahead of me.
Sew some happy seams this week. I wish you some productive therapy sessions.