Grateful Melody Applique Blocks
A couple of months ago I joined the Naive Melody Sew Along, hosted by Lucy Engels. It’s an applique quilt pattern consisting of 100 blocks, which resulted from her 100 day project earlier this year. I watched that project unfold with great interest. When she released the pattern I eagerly bought one and jumped in! I’m calling my quilt Grateful Melody because with each block I focused on something I’m grateful for even – or rather, especially – in a pandemic.
Each of the blocks is hand appliqued using the needle turn method, and some of those shapes are awfully small and skinny! I am enjoying the process of stitching these blocks and hope that my applique skills will be sharper for it.
It’s a fun idea – to take a bunch of shapes and use them differently on 100 different 6″ squares of fabric. Now that I’ve been sewing for a while, I have found myself adding a few blocks of my own. I’m going to add a new shape or two in my next batch. The color scheme is a fun experiment, and I’m also enjoying the idea of stitching my gratitude in abstract shapes. While I know not every block will remind me of a specific blessing as time goes on, there are a few that I will always remember.
As I become increasingly interested in using quilting for storytelling, this project is a great experience for me. I LOVE the exercise of preserving my story, feelings, and experiences in the grateful melody applique blocks I make. What are you grateful for? How could you include that in a quilt? What colors would you use? It’s fun to ask these questions, and then start stitching. I’ve got another set of grateful melody applique blocks to start on, and I love the challenge of doing it this way. It also makes my sewing meaningful, helps me focus my thoughts positively, and opens new avenues of creative thought. I highly recommend it!