When I was a little girl, I didn’t play with dolls. I played with blocks and Lincoln logs and Legos. My siblings and I made forts and stepping stones and weapons with those great big cardboard blocks! When I was a little older I loved drawing floor plans, imagining the kind of home I’d have when I was grown up and rich. It would be a castle of magnificent proportions, with long hallways of rooms and secret stairways and a great hall for dining. The same kind of geometric thinking that led me to those pleasures also led me to quilting.
Over the last year and some, my quilts have almost all been medallions. I love medallions, but I love block quilts, too. The repetition of shape is soothing, both to view and to create.
I will make many more medallions. But the way I like to make them, using my Design-As-You-Go methods, they require intense focus.
To gear up for that again, I’m doing some block therapy. Every month my local guild requests members make a particular block. Blocks are used to make donation quilts that are distributed within our community. Usually it’s a pretty easy pattern. This month the request is for Shoofly blocks. To me, these are one of the cheeriest blocks there is, perfect for my therapy.
To combine block building with stash busting, I chose two colors I haven’t used much lately: bright pink and navy blue. I have the first seven done and have started cutting for more. In total I’ll make at least ten and maybe twelve.
I enjoy the transformation of fabric bits and pieces into something useful and beautiful. The rhythm of pressing, cutting, stitching, pressing, stitching, pressing is soothing. I don’t choose to do all my quilting this way, as I enjoy the hard brain work of more challenging quilts. But for now, this is nourishing and comforting.
Which blocks do you make as your therapy blocks?