There’s something comforting about classic designs. Knowing women before me have made the same designs brings a connection to those kindred spirits. As I write this we are just entering a very new phase in our country. The COVID 19 virus is causing cities to shut down and people to stay at home. Grocery stores are trying valiantly to stay stocked and limit the spread of germs. Many are sent home from work and schools have closed. It’s a scary time to be sure but I have no doubt we will get through this and be stronger and hopefully smarter on the other side. This brings me back around to my little quilt. A favorite pastime can be so comforting in times of uncertainty. I know when I face trials just in my own little family that time spent with needle and thread helps my heart and mind settle down and sort things out. It doesn’t usually make the situation better but it gives me clarity of mind and helps me better handle the situation. I believe it must certainly have done the same for the generations of women before me who also put needle to fabric to create something beautiful and functional.
The border fabric had been waiting in my stash for just the right piece. It’s a fun fall print with rich fall colors. All the fabrics, including the backing came from my stash. I have a generous selection of Fat Quarters in my studio that I love to pull out and pay with. They are mostly arranged by color but I also have some bins with groups of FQs that coordinate well together. I know someday all those lovely bits of fabric will find their way into a glorious design!
The half-square triangles are indeed very small. They finish at just 1″ square but that’s what makes them so endearing I think. There’s just something about small things. Maybe it’s still the little girl in me who always collected little treasures and who is still drawn to tiny things. I know small pieces of fabric can be a bit of a challenge but I find that slowing down and working a bit slower is one thing that helps settle my heart and mind. Small pieces aren’t hard, they just require a bit more attention and thought. Isn’t that what a hobby is all about anyway? Slowing down and enjoying the process? There’s great satisfaction in a job well done. Don’t let little pieces scare you. You can do, I have faith in you!
The pattern is available here in my shop. I pray you are able to find some quiet time today to do something you love.