Welcome to another session of String Therapy! Today we're going to explore that most wonderful of things, your "happy place".
For me, that is most often the beach. I would rather be at the beach than almost anywhere, and it is our favorite choice for vacation. Something about the sound of the waves, the warm sun, the laidback-ness of it all - if you ask my husband what time it is when we are at the beach, his response is always "I don't know, and I don't care!"
But for my grandmother, it was her yard. She loved growing things, and her yard reflected it. She had the largest red-bud tree I've ever seen, and a rose bush that was her mother's when she was a little girl. It was always an exciting day when that bush had a rose on it. (It came long before the many-bloomed hybrid rose bushes we have now, and didn't bloom frequently.) Her yard was always a treasure trove to explore, with blooming plants tucked away in unexpected corners, creeping charlie that gave off a wonderful smell when you brushed up against it, tiny tart wild strawberries nurtured in a corner, and soft, velvety Irish moss at the foot of the pine trees. She loved to travel, but loved most getting back to her "green place" where she said her soul could rest.
I'm sure you have a happy place too - most of us do! My quilt today reflects a little bit of mine, and a little bit of my grandmother's, I think. When I wrap up in it, I feel connected to both, and that makes me happy. See? String Therapy!
I will preface this post by saying that this quilt tutorial is really more for a confident quilter or an adventurous beginner who can roll with the punches and incorporate any mistakes into a finished product to be proud of. It is a "seat of the pants" kind of quilt, and I'm afraid this tutorial reflects that a bit, as there are no precise measurements for people who need them. But I love this quilt and wanted to show it to you as a springboard for creativity if nothing else.