The Cottage Journal 04.20.2020

A few weeks ago, I ran across a vintage quilt pattern that took my fancy. It reminds me of the tiny verbena that I planted in a dish garden just outside of the front door. The quilt block is a flower that measures 4 1/2″ square, which means that the pieces that make up the block are even smaller – 3/4″ squares for the flower centers! I don’t usually enjoy working so small, because there is just no forgiveness if my cuts are not accurate or my 1/4″ seam allowance is off, even a “skosh”. But I still have tons of fabric scraps that I’ve challenged myself to use, and this pattern does a good job in using them. So I’m working on slowing down and sewing “in the moment” – being present as I’m cutting and stitching, to get it right. And you know what? I’m loving every minute.

Lesson for the day: Most of the good stuff in life is in the details.

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