Quilting in Quarantine

I’m on day 12 of a travel quarantine after my trip to Spain to see my son.  Of course, once this 14 days is over, I really have no where to go!  Pretty much everyone seems to be on quarantine these days and there’s no public gathering.

I’d like to say that I’ve gotten all kinds of sewing done; but I really haven’t.  I’ve been feeling all the anxiety and doom that comes with this global pandemic and I don’t like to sew in that condition.  My patience is short & I make a lot of mistakes.  And not to be too new age-y but if I’m making a quilt for someone, I want loving and warm thoughts to go into that quilt and not fear & anxiety.

I’ve been watching way too much news and checking in on my kids via Skype and text.  My daughter is in Seattle and my son is in Spain.  Thank God for technology!  I need to keep myself busy with a detailed project but it just isn’t happening.

I thought this would be a great time though to start organizing and cleaning my sewing room and quilting stuff since we’re moving sometime this year.  After I packed up some of my quilts, set some aside for charity and started cleaning out my scrap bin; my husband told me that his company said they won’t move anyone for 60 to 90 days.  I guess I have a little more time.

Here are some things I’m working on:

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I’ve been finishing up my hand quilting of this “Beauteous” quilt.

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For the past few months I’ve been using a big-stitch to quilt around the design.  Now, I’m working on a swirly design in the border.  It’s been very comforting to have the weight and warmth of this beautiful quilt on my lap and something to occupy my hands.

I had contacted my friend and favorite long arm quilter here in Germany to quilt the “Home Made” quilt I recently finished since I didn’t think I would have time to quilt it.  We ran into some problems trying to meet up with my travels and meetings getting cancelled and me trying not to be around anyone.  Last week, I decided that I now have time to quilt it!

I got it basted over the weekend and started quilting it last night.

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It also has a nice weight to it with the flannel backing.  I’m quilting it with a cream colored thread (I think I would’ve liked something brighter but I already had it here) and using an all over baptist fan design with a big stitch.  I’m trying a new technique that I found online using felt templates so I don’t have to mark any lines.  If it goes well, I’ll definitely share it.

Yesterday, I made a couple of masks for just-in-cases.  There were so many patterns being shared online.  I thought about making some to send to the states but the logistics of mailing made me decide against that.  I really pray that hospitals there are able to get more supplies of the proper gear.

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I also started this quilt last week.  It’s called “Keep it down!”  It’s from the book Old Quilts New Life by Sarah Fielke.  It’s a very traditional quilt but made with low contrast fabrics.  My fabrics have a bit more contrast than the one from the book but it’s still very low color.  I wanted a predominately grey quilt.  I’m making the quilt in a baby size so it will be about 40″ x 52″ and I’m using primary colors for the pop of color that the pattern calls for.  It’s a very quick and easy quilt.  I can’t wait to share it with you when it’s all finished.

Stay safe everyone!

Home Made finish

I’ve spent the day adding borders to this quilt and getting it finished.  Borders wipe me out but I’m so glad to have it done!

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This is the quilt I started in between working on Frolic clues back in January.  It’s called “Home Made” and it’s from the February 2020 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Monique Jacobs is the designer.

I want to gift this quilt to some German friends so it’s priority #1 right now to get it finished.

You might remember that I changed a few things from the original pattern.  In the magazine, the houses are going all different directions but I liked them all going the same way.  I had to change a few of the fabric colors because I couldn’t find just the right striped fabric for the sashing.  I think the stripe doesn’t really add that much and I could’ve left it out.  I decided to change the border around the houses too and ultimately decided to add a small dark border to frame the houses.

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I thought I was being so smart and sewing the 2 small inner borders together first before adding them to the houses.  I quickly realized that unless I wanted to miter the corners, it wasn’t going to work.  My other options were to add cornerstones or rip apart the sewn borders.  I opted for cornerstones.

 I played around with different cornerstones and went with half square triangles.

I made one tiny churn dash block since I thought that might look cute.

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It just looked too busy on the quilt but I think it’ll be great as a label on the back.

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This was an easy and fun quilt to make.  Sometimes you need easy!

I’ve ordered some flannel fabric with little houses on it for the back and am debating whether to have this quilted with the long arm machine or to hand quilt it with a “big stitch”.  It measures 76 inches square.  I would love to hand quilt it but I’m not sure if I’ll have the time.  Either way, I really hope that this will be a soft and cozy quilt that our friends will love.

While I was making this, I fell in love with the churn dash blocks that were the corners for the outer border.

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They were really fun to make and I got to thinking about all my left-over Frolic pieces.

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I was puzzling about what I could do with all these flying geese pieces but then I got churn dash fever.

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These are made with some of the left-over half square triangles!

Then I had to quit playing around and get back to work on the House quilt but there’s got to be an interesting quilt with all these left-overs in my future!