After losing Jules, I also lost most of my enthusiasm for quilting. I really wanted to make a quilt about grieving and recovering but I didn’t have a clear idea of what that would look like. So as I tackled other necessary tasks, I waited for inspiration. At QuiltFest Jacksonville, I bought a tumbler template from QuiltSmith with a vague idea of non-linear color progression across the quilt. I pulled some somber fabrics from my stash but they sat on my table–silent. In Houston, I bought a few more fabrics and when I got home I started playing with the design page which came with the the tumbler template.
I had thought about mostly somber colors with little islands and spikes of yellow. But when I started playing with the fabrics, that did not appeal to me. So I cut a few tumblers just to see if I thought I would like hand piecing them.
It was easy sewing and a simple pressing plan so I was at least sold on a tumbler quilt. On the design sheet, I figured out how to “write” Jules’ initials. Then I tried to design “I LOVE YOU” but I didn’t like how that looked so I tried to design a heart. I’m still playing with all the surrounding tumblers, but am pretty settled on the initials and the heart. I can already feel the healing.