Documenting a life during a Pandemic

I’m happy to report that I’ve finally finished the back of my Coronavirus quilt!

You might remember this quilt I finished last summer. It was Bonnie Hunter’s Unity quilt-a-long with some slight modifications to the outer borders because I ran out of the fabrics we were using. I named it my “Coronavirus Quilt” because I made it during our German lock-down (and I thought the middle block looked a little like the virus!).

Things were still locked down when I finished that so I had the idea to order some white fabric for the back and embroider scenes from our life during the Pandemic.

Remember, I had a nice looking plan? I was so naive! I mean, none of us had any idea how this whole thing was going to play out but maybe I should have left more room for future entries?

I know this pandemic is not even close to being over but I had to draw (sorry for the pun) the line somewhere so I chose to end it at the end of 2020.

As you can see, things got a little bunched up at the bottom due to my poor planning but that’s kind of how my last few months have been.

I did start in the middle and go towards the outside so I had to go back and add where everything started for me.

I think I shared some of these before as I was working on the quilt.

This is one of my favorites!

Then it felt like I needed to tell more of our story with words more than with pictures. I did NOT get better at embroidering the words but they’re all there.

Then this happened and besides being sick, I was feeling all the things – fear and anger. So much anger. Moving from overseas is stressful enough and trying to manage a move where nothing was working how it should was overwhelming. Then there was an election and arguments and disagreements over wearing masks. We had serious culture shock and felt like we had landed in a place that we could no longer recognize as our home country. We’re still trying to find our way.

With this quilt story, I just called it like I saw it. I had to do something with all my anger, so I kept sewing. When I look at this I remember the feeling of sitting and crying in my car in the parking lot of the Hospital ER waiting for my husband. He developed pneumonia and they wouldn’t let me in with him. We were both scared.

I thank God every day that he got better even though he still has a lingering cough 7 weeks later. As of today, the number of deaths from Covid-19 here in the US alone are over 365,000 so I know our outcome could have been very different.

I thought about putting more things on the quilt like the numbers of deaths or how many cases there are but then decided to just tell highlights of my story. I’m ready to put this quilt together and then I plan to hand quilt it with white thread. I still have a lot of time on my hands.

I keep wondering if there will be more that I need to tell about this pandemic. I sincerely hope there isn’t. I pray that we can all get the vaccines and the virus will eventually be eradicated and we won’t lose any more loved ones to this virus. Let’s hope so.