Who ever could have predicted that all of our lives would change so drastically in just a few weeks? Does it seem to you like we are living out a bad movie? It sure does to me, and I don’t know how many times I have said to my hubby: “…..this is so surreal…..”. Our two oldest boys are schooling the rest of their college semester from home. Our daughter’s place of work closed because it is considered “non-essential” so she’s now without a job, and our youngest has had his Spring break extended while the schools try and figure out how they are going to instruct online.
My hubby is a college administrator and he has been running (virtually that is…because of social distancing all meetings are conducted from the safety of everyone’s office or home) from meeting to meeting, because this Coronavirus protocol is ofcourse throwing lots of kinks into everyone’s life. IT IS A MESS. And don’t even get me started on the empty grocery store shelves…
My quilt room has turned into a classroom for the duration of this imposed social distancing protocol. I’m glad I have all that space and enough desks in there to accommodate everyone!
I miss going into my quilt room and working on a project. Now I check the schedule and see if anyone is “in class” before I head up there to steal some time. Mine are minor inconveniences, I know. People are dealing with much more serious issues, like their health or lack of paycheck. I am lucky and I know it. But it is just all so surreal!
Enough whining out of my corner of the world….let’s move onto some positive things that are a result of this worldwide pandemic! I just love the stories I’m seeing about the people in Italy making music together from the safe distance of their balconies. And how about the mobile home park that decided to put on a quilt show right in everyone’s front yard? This morning I saw a story that a hospital TV show has donated its supplies to real hospitals who need those supplies so badly right now….so many people are trying their best to make their little corner of the world a little bit brighter in many little ways and that makes my heart happy.
And then there are all the quilters who are providing free patterns to keep those who have been confined to home busy and entertained. So I thought I’d do my part and collect and share a bunch of those here so they are all together and you don’t have to go searching for them!
I just adore this quilt, don’t you? It is so sweet and cheery! You can find all the instructions by going to Amy’s blog right here:https://amerooniedesigns.com/springtime-showers-mini-quilt/
Ellen, from Ellie’s Quiltplace, has started a new facebook group called The Lockdown Quilters, and she designed this sweet pillow just for members. Just go to the group and ask to be admitted to get access to the pillow pattern!
There is this free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop called Fat Quarter Flowers:
I have been hosting a little sewalong in the private facebook group that is just for followers of my blog and I wanted to share the instructions here also. As this is an ongoing sewalong, not all instructions are available yet, but there is plenty to keep you busy for now!
There is this great scrapbuster from Sunny Day Supply Company:
It looks super simple and look at all those happy scraps!
And finally, I came across this on facebook and love the idea! Today is National Quilting Day and wouldn’t it be fun to see lots of cheery quilts hanging in people’s yards and from porches?!
I hope these projects give you something to do while we wait out this social distancing time! And if you know of any others, please feel free to send me an email and share a link. I am happy to share more projects!
Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and happy creating!