The Fat Quarter Challenge for March was even harder to deal with than the February one.
In February it was to take a pretty bland fabric and use it into something hot. I made a zipper bag with a little hot pink fabric flower. (You can see it here.)
The March Challenge is even weirder.
The fabric looks like a representation of something that is grown in a petri dish.
Okay, so it is not so bad but the challenge was to use it in a project with the theme of Thanksgiving.
Little yellow flowers with green leaves and navy blue dots in a project for Thanksgiving?
I was at a loss as to what I could make for this challenge so I tried a little free association.
Thanksgiving, grateful, gathering, food, family, football, stress, headache.
Let's try again.
Thanksgiving, November, October, driving, family, sisters-in-law, know-it-alls, stress, headache.
Once more with feeling -
Thanksgiving, holiday, merry making, family, friends, gathering, cooking, dirty dishes, stress, headache.
Dang! Every time I tried to get to an inspiring word it always ended up in a headache.
What's a girl to do?
Well, this girl gathered her supplies....
and made an aromatherapy headache remedy in the form of a lavender scented rice pillow.
The concept is to warm the pillow in the microwave for a minute or so, place it on your face and just breath deeply.
It really works! I feel so much better now.
Want to make one for yourself that is similar to this one?
Basically I made two 6 1/2" dimensional bow tie quilt blocks, joined them to make a 6" x 12" pillow with a separate muslin pillow inside stuffed lightly with rice and lavender buds. I had originally intended to use lavender oil but buds seem like a better choice.
Apparently there are several aromas that are good for headaches, either alone or in combination. I prefer lavender but the others are : peppermint, sandalwood, eucalyptus and rosemary.
And, for those perfectionists, yes, I tried to insert piping into the seam and yes, I did a crappy job BUT I need some practice doing this so that when I get to my big pillow I will have some practice pieces behind me.
Happy St. Patrick's Day... especially to my buddy Suzy who is now the proud great-grandmother of a new little boy in the Patrick family. And no, they did not name him Patrick!