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A Little Healing Sewing with a Tutorial

Our family’s lives have been turned upside down recently. I share more of that later. This upheaval caused me to debate whether I should have my Quilty Hug Sew in. When it came down to it I decided I’d be happier sewing with friends than sitting on my pity pot. So yesterday morning my friends arrived, sewing machines hummed, pretty blocks were made and my spirits were lifted.  

 I remembered several people asked about this block from our last sew in. I thought I’d share how easy it is to make.

You will need 2- 2 1/2″ background squares, 2- 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background rectangles, and 1- 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ print rectangle. 

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your 2 1/2″ background squares. Place a square on one end of your 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ print rectangle and sew on the line.

Repeat the process on the other side of your print rectangle.


Trim your seam allowance and press. Then sew this unit between the 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background rectangles. 

 See easy, peasy.  Make a bunch being careful to make sure you sew the diagonal line the same way each time. Then you can lay them out like this or experiment.  They make a fun little quilt.

Now for the upset in my families lives. Last Wednesday my husband’s Uncle Doug passed away. Then on Friday his Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob was a famous jazz pianist.  He played with Nat King Cole and for Judy Garland. He even used to play in the Playboy mansion for Hugh. Maybe they are having a jam session in heaven now. Our family loved hearing all his stories. Here is a little video of him of few years ago.

If that was not enough on Friday my sweet mother in law passed away after a rough four years battling lewy body dementia. 

While this is a lot to take in over such a short period of time. We know they are in a better place and we are thankful they are not suffering anymore. I like to think they are missing us but so happy to be with those who’ve gone before.


  • LynneP says:

    Grieving a family death is always a difficult time….3 in a matter of days sounds truly horrific. I am so very sorry that you and your family are dealing with this. Sending my condolences along with healing thoughts, serenity and strength.

  • Karee says:

    So very sorry for your heartache. Losing loved ones can often produce a spectrum of very mixed feelings: sorrow for your loss, joy for their release from their frail and failing bodies, disappointment and longing, and more. I pray for you and your family to find peace.

  • Needled Mom says:

    Oh my goodness, Em. I am so sorry. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I so enjoyed listening to his fun music. I'm glad the stitching helped to lift you spirits a bit. They will all be missed.

  • Robby says:

    I don't comment often, but wanted to extend my condolences. And thank you for that lovely little piano clip. I enjoy jazz piano and don't hear it often these days.

  • julieQ says:

    I am so sorry for all that loss…wow. Big hugs…and I love your gorgeous scrappy quilt, and hope your quilting gives you some peace.

  • Frog Quilter says:

    Sending lots of big hugs.

  • Karen - Quilts...etc. says:

    so sorry – it is worse I think as 3 in such a short span. But like you say sometimes it was a blessing they were taken after suffering.

  • Alycia~Quiltygirl says:

    Oh that really is a lot to handle in such a short period – sending you big big big hugs

  • Julierose says:

    Oh my sincere condolences to you and your family; difficult losses for you all. I hope the memories of your loved ones will warm your heart…I agree, sewing, knitting, whatever helps to calm one during these stressful times in life. hugs Julierose

  • Angie in SoCal says:

    I'm sorry, Em. Sending gentle hugs to you and family.

  • ytsmom says:

    So sorry for your losses. You will always have wonderful memories of your loved ones. God Bless!

  • hetty says:

    Sending you my sincere condolences. Hugs to you and yours.

  • Linda Smith says:

    Glad you have such happy memories of them all. Lewy Body Dementia is the WORST since people's personality changes so much. Sorry for your losses.

  • quintuplicatemom says:

    I'm so sorry for your multiple losses. Give yourself some grace, and I love how you hosted the Quilty Hug instead of having a pity party!

  • chrisknits says:

    So sorry for the multiple hits your family has taken.

  • livelymonkey says:

    WOW Uncle Bob was so talented. Beautiful. Sorry for your losses …… Thank you for sharing.

  • Havplenty says:

    That is a lot for a family at one time. Be sure to manage your stress levels and take a few moments to recharge. My prayers and thoughts to you and your husband's family.

  • Sherri says:

    I'm so sorry for your loss of two family members. I will keep you and your family in my prayers!

  • Vicki in MN says:

    So sorry for all the losses, wow so much to handle at once. Hugs to you.

  • Wendy Caton Reed says:

    I'm so sorry for you losses. How heartbreaking. I hope your sewing with friends gave you a little peace.

  • Sarah Craig says:

    I'm so sorry to hear of all your losses – such a hard time – but I'm glad you found comfort sewing with friends. I'll be praying for you and your family!

  • Kristi says:

    Oh I'm so sorry, that is a lot in such a small time. Sending you hugs and good wishes. I'm so glad your friends were able to be there for you. Blessings.

  • Daffycat says:

    I’m so sorry for the piled up losses your family has suffered in so short a time. My mother has LBD so I know the pain you’ve been through. My prayers for your family.

  • Maureen R says:

    Sending hugs and prayers.

  • Pat says:

    What a horrible time for your family. However, as you said, they are in a better place. I am sure your family is filled with wonderful memories of each of those family members. I wish you peace and comfort in this difficult time. Please know your quilts are just wonderful.

  • Kim says:

    I’m so sorry for your losses. My mother in law passed last May after Lewy Bodies also. I had never heard of it before her diagnosis but have since come in contact with many other families with similar stories. Hers manifested itself with terribly violent and scary hallucinations and voices in her head. It was sad to see this happen as you well know. Prayers for your family.

  • Maureen R says:


    Does this block you demonstrated have a name?

    Maureen R

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