finding joy in simplicity

I have been totally inspired by Diane of Stash bandit’s quilting to make a scrap quilt. She is a lovely teacher and I have been fortunate to take a class from her in the past. In addition, I have been scouring the internet to learn ton’s more about scraps quilts! One of the tips suggested was to take a photo in color and then black and white to look at the Values of the colors in your pull. Comparing the photos and then allowing myself to see the fabrics in different light in my craft room has given me time to see the two fabrics that are now pulled out of this Irish Chain project. The light pink and the grey fabrics don’t go for me and the intentions of this quilt. I added a few multi colored fabrics at the suggestion of more experienced people in My Creative Corner3’s Facebook group and I am looking for a few more in this stash. Since I inherited this stash I really don’t know each fabric intimately like I would if I bought each fabric myself like I did for my personal stash. Its going to be a super fun quilt to make. It is also an easy quilt which I need at this moment. Simple task that has brought me joy.

I have been enjoying the simplicity of foundation paper piecing from a fabric collection. No big decisions to make about color. No precision cutting of the strips because the foundation papers do the work of precision for you once you sew it up and trim it. The Best Friends quilt along is so easy to do but it looks super complicated and having help to finish it makes it even more fun.

Here is this weeks block in the Best Friends quilt along. Angel made all of the economy blocks so I sewed a test block to learn how to make it. Here is my YouTube Video on the economy test block.

I enjoy having a stack of orphan blocks and I want to use more of them this year. I figure one orphan block quilt a year is a good thing to keep that stash used up and in a functional quilt.

Joy in the simple things today. A simple cuppa and some quiet this morning. No blaring music or news to jar me into reality. I do check headlines. Simple tasks bring me joy in the morning like doing dishes and laundry. The simple task of looking for cool online classes and signing up for them to feed my creative self. My simple routine of giving thanks for all the good things happening and intentionally letting go of holding onto those things that aren’t.

Simple joys. They are many and need to be counted today especially

Vicki

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