Sometimes there are times in your life when you have to try to figure out how best to put the pieces together to make something orderly of it. I am working on a part of my life right now where I am trying to make an important decision. I have looked at all the angles and tried to put them together just right so that all the points and corners meet up (or at least come close). I am finding that working on a quilt block helps. Oh, I don’t know what that block may become or if it will join others in a basket in the closet of misc. blocks with no particular purpose, but for today it served a purpose in my life. It makes me wonder how many other people find that kind of therapy in crafting or gardening or baking or other hobbies that require concentration and mindfulness. I think that is what hobbies are all about, sort of a therapy or a focus exercise. I spent a few hours yesterday baking 2 loaves of bread and thinking about how mixing ingredients and watching yeast work to create something that is tasty and good for my body is also good for my mind, and I shared that with someone special to me which also made me feel good. These were both great things to do on a rainy day deep in thought. The only decision that I have made about the situation I am thinking about is that it won’t hurt to try and decisions can be changed and adjustments made, in the end I must take care of myself and be content with the life I create for myself.
My block that I created comes from a new book out by Eleanor Burns that I preordered called “Quilt Blocks on American Barns”. I got a signed copy and I love it. It reminds me so much of my Grandmother and summers spent in Iowa. The block I chose is called Quatrefoil and it represents a 4 leaf clover. She says that a common saying is “to be in clover” which means to be living a carefree life of ease, comfort or prosperity. I’m not sure that I am living that life yet, but I am getting closer and maybe a few more blocks put together will help to get me there!
Enjoy your craft therapy whatever it may be!