Nearly every Friday I take time to reset. I highly recommend it. One way I reset is to take stock of what happened during the week by sharing a recap with you. Another way to reset that I indulge in, before I sit down to write, is a restorative yoga class. Restorative yoga is the opposite of power yoga. Not only does my body relax and reset, but since all poses are prone and supported, my mind is free to wonder. Yes, this is when I started thinking of the importance of resetting.
Last week I focused on piecing the sunflower block for How Does Your Garden Grow? Next I seamed the top together. Let’s just say it was an intense week. This week I treated myself to easy piecing. I “designed” and pieced the back. This is so second nature to me, that it really doesn’t take much designing. It is far more about the math, making sure that the back will be larger than the top. Why? So, I can quilt right to the edge of the top and have something to grip as I do so.
I had find this large print floral fabric in my stash and felt it referenced the front side nicely. I used most of what I had, then added solid colored fabric to create a 9 patch. Finally, I surrounded the pieced section with a muslin border. Most of the muslin will be trimmed away when I square up the quilt.
Now that the back was pieced it was time to revisit the front. I have been promising to add some thread painted butterflies to the garden. I spent time surfing the web for copyright free photos of butterflies. Isn’t this photo by Tinthia Clemant fabulous? I discovered it on a site called Pexels. I’m not sure what I am more thrilled about, the photo or finally finding a great source of copyright free photos. Uplifting discoveries are the perfect reset.
Doing My Thing
I took Tinthia’s photo and cropped it. I won’t be using the flower, just the monarch butterfly, which I will reset on a flower or two in my fabric garden. Thanks to the ability to flip photos, I can create a mirror image. I also resized the photo to match the scale of the garden.
I am the poster child of taking a simple design and adding a flourish here, intense free motion quilting there, until I find myself asking why did this take me so long? Does it matter? No, life is too short. Each time I start a new phase of a quilt is a reset.
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