Saturdays have taken on a new rhythm; a relaxed flow that relieves business stress and brain drain, gently refilling my joy-bank.
Mr E works at the dining room table, which is merely steps from my sewing room with it's permanently opened French doors, allowing us to be together yet also doing our own thing. We casually chat through the day, stopping occasionally for coffees and snacks, then return to our individual endeavours.
The fact that it rained the last two Saturdays actually adds to the mellow atmosphere, though it does play havoc with my photos.
This last Saturday I felt like taking a break from hand sewing so I printed up the first six blocks from the Fat Quarter Shop's "Wishes" BOM and dug through my tub of old Denyse Schmidt prints....
Because this free BOM is already half way through I thought it wise to do the simplest blocks first in order to catch up quickly. Four blocks stood out as fitting that criteria, and over the course of an afternoon they each came to life...
"Block 1 - Flying Kite"
"Block 4 - Broken Dishes"
"Block 5 - Log Cabin"
"Block 6 - Susannah"
When I was first learning to piece blocks everything I read told me to press the seams to one side as this strengthened the seams of the quilt through years of use and many washes - but last year I began to press all my seams open because I personally find it easier for me to machine quilt later. I know it goes against the 'quilting grain of protocol' but sometimes you need to be brave and do what works with your own needs and skills...
Do you press your seams to one side, or press them open?
The free "Wishes" BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop is over HERE in case you've missed it. All the blocks are available to download from that page.
I love the finished layout...
Whilst this BOM is completely free, there is a donation button in their sidebar because the Fat Quarter Shop are sharing this design as a vehicle for raising funds for the Make A Wish Foundation - hence the name of the quilt, "Wishes".
It's a public holiday in my state today to celebrate the Queen's Birthday, and it's still raining, so I might just head off and cut the pieces for those fiddly blocks 2 and 3.
Have a blessed and refreshed day!