Three months a year, I go through medical treatments for a rare autoimmune disease and during the month-long recovery, I give myself permission to engage in happy sewing. I drag out whatever fabric I've been hoarding and make something delightful. Last month I pulled out Kimberly Einmo's Solidish fabrics from Timeless Treasures. I selected sixteen fabrics in the green/blue/purple spectrum for a fun project:
Very happily, I cut up the fabric and started to stitch it back together:
I added black sashing:
and my happy top was complete:
I loaded up my Handi Quilter Forte, grabbed some FabuLux Blue Heaven thread, my 4" Offset Circle Stencil, and a good audiobook and quickly turned this quilt top into a pretty and fluffy and warm and lovely quilt.
I hope you like "autumn in the woods in New York" backdrops for photographs, because that's my default. And I need to get out there and finish splitting that humungous pile of wood soon!
While there is no ribbon candy stitched anywhere on this quilt and I feel kind of empty inside because of that, the ribbons of flowers and leaves lightly dancing on this quilt top make me oh So HAPPY!
I teach this techniques in one of my Craftsy classes and often in my in-person classes as well. Sign up for my mailing list to see where I'll be teaching.
Do you engage in happy sewing when you are feeling icky? It's my favorite medicine because the quilting helps the icky times pass more quickly and then I have a pretty quilt at the end to give away to someone else who is feeling icky.
Quilts > Icky.