Last year I made a quilt about my depression called Silent Scream, and started working on a second. It was a cathartic exercise and made me feel happy whilst I was making them. Fast forward 6 months or so and I'm feeling good. The depression is in remission. My mental health is the best it's been for years. I'm happy. Time to make a quilt to express that.
It is now my belief, and that of my family and friends who can't believe the change in me, that my marriage was making a huge contribution to the depression. Now I'm free. Now the future is mine.
This is a lyric from She Bangs The Drums by The Stone Roses (if you don't know them, go and have a listen on Spotify, you won't regret it!) and sums up how I feel perfectly. It is improved pieced using various shades of blue for the words and a low volume scrappy background.
I've also been sewing together scraps of low volume to help make the background around the words. It's now time to start putting it all together. I really enjoy this method of patchwork.
This rather blurry photo shows the tools of my trade. To the left of my sewing machine (I'm left-handed) is my cutting mat with my rotary cutter and my mini iron, essential for flattening all those seams, I'm pressing them open to reduce bulk. If you haven't tried this technique, I'd urge you to give it a go!