For my first Quarantine Quilt finish, I present the Economy Block Crib quilt I made using Pemberley Fabrics from Riley Blake Designs.
I continue on the crib/baby-size quilt roll. 🙂 It always feels good to have a finish, but even more so in these weird times where so much daily stuff is out of our control.
This quilt was made with Economy Quilt blocks. These blocks are satisfying to make and extra fun for playing with a variety of fabric combinations.
You can find the updated tutorial for the 8″ x 8″ Economy Block I used here, including a free printable PDF.
I started this quilt in January and finally got it off to the Sew Shabby Quilting for quilting a couple weeks ago. I picked it up Monday night (in a safe social distance front-porch handoff.) This time I had Melissa try the Serpentine Design.
For binding I used this sweet minty print from Jen Allyson’s Flower Market collection. It matches perfectly! (I explain how to bind a quilt here.) It was nice to have something to sit and bind while watching TV. Because we are watching a lot more TV.
I’m actively looking for new shows we can watch as a family while we’re all sitting around together more. We’ve started an old season of the Amazing Race. Any other great suggestions? I’m particularly looking for entertaining educational shows for teenagers. Even the Office starts to get old when you’ve watched it too much.
How are things in your neck of the woods? Here’s the latest peek of my sewing table. I’m proud of myself doing a decent job of keeping up on cleaning up projects as I go. I finished piecing the blue baby quilt I was working on last week and dropped that off at Sew Shabby Quilting when I picked up this quilt.
I had some leftover squares from making this Pemberley quilt, so I decided to make a quick Baby Lattice quilt too. You can see it laid out on my design wall with the white fabric ready to cut for all of the sashing.
The bag on the cutting table was from a quick trip to a local quilt shop last week. Ever since our son got sick in January, when we haven’t been a Dr. appointments and labs, I’ve been pretty homebound along with him. Last Thurs was my birthday and my husband took the afternoon off to stay home and let me get out of the house.
It was the day we were just starting to find out how drastically life would change – that my girls’ college semesters were going to go online, that there would be some form of quarantining happening, etc.
It was so nice to pretend to be ‘normal’ for an hour and walk around a quilt shop. I picked up ‘necessary’ supplies (thread for my English paper-piecing) as well as couple other things that looked pretty.
And after that I stopped at Walmart to stock up on food to get us through the next few weeks. (I hope!)
I’m so glad now that I had the chance to stop and enjoy a quilt shop as three days later I got the email saying the shop is temporarily closing for walk-in customers for the time being. 🙁
How are you handling this new, weird ‘normal’? I admit to consistently feeling the whole range of emotions – sometimes within a very short time frame.
I’m a homebody and sometimes I like the thought of just being home, sewing and taking care of my house, knowing my family is safe with me.
Other times I feel totally overwhelmed with all my kids at home, trying to figure out how to keep them constructively busy, not on screens all day, and not eating all of the snacks too quickly. Last night I just felt blah and unmotivated to do anything so I took a bath and went to bed.
And then we woke up to an earthquake in Utah this morning (incredibly unusual!) and that threw a whole bunch of new emotions at all of us. (We are safe and sound, but it was one more thing to put us on edge.)
I’m trying to just allow myself to feel how I feel in that moment. I hope you can too. This is uncharted territory for most of us. Give yourself permission to feel the overwhelm and fear sometimes. It’s normal AND it’s better to feel it, than to resist it – that only makes it worse. Also give yourself permission to turn off the news and social media. Going for walks and doing spontaneous yoga has helped too.
And give yourself permission to not be constantly busy or productive. I think even as recently as last week I was gearing myself up to make this time super efficient and productive. And that only added to the stress and even drained my desire to sew or do other things that typically bring me comfort. I’m purposely letting go of that intensity and just taking life one day at a time.
Hang in there friends. We’re all in this together. xo