Monday, April 22, 2013

Heart and Soul of Boston

In the immortal words of the Grateful Dead, "what a long, strange trip it's been..."  This week was school vacation week so I didn't expect to get much sewing done.  I also never expected to be learning new phrases like "pressure-cooker bomb" and "shelter at home" or leaving work because I couldn't concentrate with a police barricade in front of the public building across the street.  As many of you will understand, I headed to my quilt studio to channel my anger, grief and fear into something creative.

I pulled out this long ago forgotten bundle of The Hamptons by Minick & Simpson.  It's probably the only red, white and blue fabric I own but it felt right.

For the blocks I decided to use the April Aurifil Block of the Month designed by the totally cool Katy of I'm a Ginger Monkey.  Her Heart and Soul block seemed like the perfect choice.  It's a fun mix of HSTs and squares that come together quickly and provide the perfect combination of challenge and stress-relief.

So far I've put together two blocks and I have plenty more squares cut out to make more.  I'm not sure what I plan to do with them but then that really wasn't the point;-)


  1. In times like these, who really needs a plan? I always tell people that quilting is what I do to relax. It's my therapy after a long day of work. It's a stress relief after a stressful day. These are two very fitting blocks - they came out great.

  2. Nice job! I'm sure you'll find a good use for them. You've reminded me of an Independence Day quilt I've been wanting to make for years. I have the fabric, but you know the drill...

  3. The hearts are beautiful! What a great idea to sew to relieve stress.....hope you're doing better :)