Monday I had a deadline for a first draft with my publisher and I spend the last 10 days intensely hunched over hand appliqué and stitchery. It is fun, but slow. By Monday morning I had sewn so much all my fingers were raw and I had planned to take a day or two off, get a massage, do some yoga, get a pedicure, and generally glue myself back together. But then I had this intense urge to make something large and fast and easy and I did something I have NEVER done before. I bought a layer cake and slashed and sewed it into a quilt top in one afternoon. It was pretty frantic, but if felt so good! (And neither yoga, nor pedicure happened.) I chose Rashida Coleman-Hale‘s Mochi collection from Cotton and Steel. The layer cake didn’t have quite enough fabrics for me to get a quilt top out of it so I supplemented with some of my traditional Japanese fabrics and one of my favorite tartans that I bought in Glasgow a few years ago. The result makes me smile. A super easy, color-happy quilt top where the fabric gets to pull all the weight. How very therapeutic!