Blue leaves (and a bit of sewing therapy)

Friday is my sewing day as it’s my day off from work. I always look forward to it though that’s not to say I don’t enjoy my work. I absolutely LOVE my day job.

I work for an environmental charity on a project that helps people struggling with their mental health. The programme offers people the opportunity to get involved in conservation work and it’s the mixture of being outdoors in nature, keeping busy, doing something purposeful and being supported by a friendly group that makes it work. It’s something, I think, that everybody could benefit from.

We’re hearing a lot in the media about how getting involved in various activities can help improve people’s mental well-being – like singing in a choir or joining a sewing group for a bit of sewing therapy.

Today, I think, my sewing was more therapy than creative work. I’ve never really thought of it this way as it’s something I’ve always done since I was a little girl. Whereas most Fridays my strategy is to try and squeeze in as much sewing as possible, in-between the school drop off and pick up, today is not turning out to be one of those productive days.

This morning my mind kept wandering back to events that recently shocked and upset me, and after a long walk in the piercing cold air (where I had to blink a few times to relieve my eyes) following the school drop off, I was grateful to have a quilt project on the go to get stuck in to and to divert my focus.

I’ve managed to finish a few blocks, but I know it’s going to take a while to complete the whole quilt. I already have a name in mind and I’m thinking of ‘Blue leaves’ – I think it works well with the fabrics I have chosen, but given today, the name seems really apt.

Well, that’s my sewing done for today. I’m going off for another long walk¬†before the school pick up which will hopefully lift my mood so I can enjoy my weekend with the family.

Do let me know what you think of my project so far! I’m always grateful for comments!

Here’s hoping you all have a good weekend!

Mel x

Check out the progress of this quilt on my other blog post ‘A sewing room with a view’.¬†


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Melony Patch

Patchwork quilter into all things crafty and homely, and with an interest in mental well-being.

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