If you are trying to do your best work now, my hat is off to you. I am easily distracted and simply trying to stay busy and think happy thoughts.
My design process for this quilt was something like:
I wanna look at pretty colors.
I wanna hear the machine go clackety.
I don’t wanna cut off a fingertip and end up in an overburdened ER so I’m gonna keep it simple.
I pulled out my favorite soothing colors and started making HSTs. As I made them, my mind wandered, and I thought about my three daughters, all of whom have April birthdays and how for the first time we will not have a big April party together. And then I thought about how when a quilter cuts blocks out of other blocks, the second tier are referred to as "daughter blocks." So then I made three daughter blocks inside larger mother blocks because I wish I could surround them and keep them safe. And then I thought about how daughters are the double X chromosome sex. So I made three pairs of QSTs and put them smack in the middle.
I had a big piece of blueberry print fabric but of course it’s never big enough, so I made an insert of stripes and thought of berries rolling through them like a maze and coming out safely in the end. After securing the seams with wavy lines, I quilted front and back together with doubles Xs.
First quilt of the pandemic period, completed.