Sewing As Therapy: Love all Around Blocks

This last month and a half has been an absolute whirlwind. From starting a new job, buying a car, and trying to keep up with  every changing politics, January and the beginning of February proved to be more than stressful and its been quite a while since I have posted. Trying to be a productive member of society and a functional adult all at the some time proved more complicated than I was ready to handle.

Sewing has always been an outlet for me, a way to be creative and expressive in both a productive and intricate way. Lately it has become much more than that, however, it has become my way to practice self-care, to keep myself grounded and engaged it what is going on around me. Self care is a very common phrase in my own social circle, and I think its becoming more mainstream in general conversation, but all it really means is taking the time to take of yourself, in whatever way that means to you. For some people its a bubble bath with a glass of wine, for others it may be a walk in a local park with their dog, and, don’t get me wrong I love both of those things, but for me right now it definitely means hours of uninterrupted sewing.

Making short term projects, something like a dress or a bag, gives me a great sense of accomplishment and is my go-to when I have a longer time frame to commit to sewing on any given day, but having that large chunk of time doesn’t always happen. In an effort to make a bigger project smaller,  I have  started a long term project that I think is doing me even more good that a bunch of those smaller projects, a quilt from May Chappels Love All Around Block.

In my post about what projects I wanted to tackle in 2017, of of the big things on the list was a quilt. I originally wanted to make a sampler quilt but changed my mind when I decided to participate in sewing up SewCanShe’s monthly mini quilts and a tiny sampler quilt that I will be sharing soon. I still couldn’t get the idea of making a full size quilt however but I also knew that I really did not have the time or the space to commit to making one in a conventional way and time.

Instead I am making a couple blocks a week of this beautiful and meaningful pattern and, hopefully, by the end of the year I will have enough blocks for an entire quilt. What I have been doing so far its making a block for each time I am touched by the kindness of a stranger in my own life and a block for each time I find myself worrying about my own future, or the future of America. I am hoping for enough blocks to make a twin size finished quilt by the end of the year, but who knows, maybe I’ll end up with enough for a full or a queen size. So far I have about thirty blocks completed and more in the works every day it seems.


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