At Peace with Grandmother’s Choice

Does quilting help you through a tough spot?  Or do you wait until life calms down before you can happily stitch again?  Recently we’ve had some rough times with a death in the family and when I found a few minutes to be alone, working on a simple block or two has helped a lot.  Picking out fabric, being creative and, as long as the pattern isn’t too difficult or frustrating, my soul has healed a bit with each block.

Here are my recent Grandmother’s Choice blocks from Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week, which recalls women’s fight for rights.

Week 5 was New Jersey:

My junior high and high school years were spent in New Jersey, so in a way I’m a Jersey girl (but only second to being a Texas girl – born in Texas and got back as soon as I could ;-)).

Week 6 was Aunt Eliza’s Star:

I love fabric I can fussy cut!

And, finally, this week’s block is Alice’s Flag:

I hand pieced the star and hand appliqued it onto the wavy flag fabric.

I hope you find that quilting brings you as much peace as it has recently for me.  Have a great week, y’all!

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5 thoughts on “At Peace with Grandmother’s Choice

  1. sympathy on your bereavement, Its good to have something to focus on , allowing you to reflect or escape. Your blocks are all lovely with their fussy cut detail

  2. The blocks are gorgeous, bright and cheerful, just like you. Hard to be all that in tough times…miss you and sending hugs. xoxo

  3. Sorry to hear of your loss. I do understand about the healing properties of fabric and quilt making. Your blocks are so nice! I don’t know which I’m enjoying more about Grandmother’s Choice…. making them or reading about the history.

  4. Sorry to hear you have had some difficult times to deal with recently. Fabric and creating definitely helps the healing process. Your work is beauitful and I look forward to seeing more of what you create.

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