What a strange time we live in right now… with the global pandemic and all its added effects like having the kids at home, working from home, and juggling other added responsibilities, I jumped at the idea a fellow Instagrammer had of making my own personal coronavirus quilt project. I decided that I was going to need a little spot of sewing every day, just to turn off the mind and even if I didn’t get to work on one of my bigger projects because of the added responsibilities mentioned above, I could spare 15 minutes a day to make a block for a kind of diary quilt.
I don’t intend this to be a diary in the same way as the temperature quilt. I am not taking my temperature, both literally and figuratively speaking, but I am simply working on a block a day for as long as these pandemic effects like social distancing and self-isolation are going on. Once it all ends, whenever that may be, we’ll see how many blocks I have and how big the quilt will get. Although I sincerely hope I don’t end up with enough blocks for multiple quilts.
I decided to use the Plaid-ish tutorial by Kitchen Table Quilting for this purpose. I have had this pattern printed out for a while now, and was just waiting for a good time to start working on it. It’s perfect because you can cut everything needed in one go, or do as I do and just cut what you need for one block and assemble it block by block.
Plus, it’s perfect for my plan of using my scraps this year.
So I’ve picked my fabrics, which was a little more difficult than I expected. A lot of fabrics look dark or light when you look at them on the table, but take a black and white photo and things surprise you. Especially the yellows really threw me off. And there were a lot of scraps I would have loved to use but there was just not enough contrast to set them firmly in the light, medium or dark category, and this quilt really only works if you have very distinct groups of fabrics.
So, here’s what I’ve got after 4 days of sewing one block a day. I’m really liking where this is going, and have to occasionally hold myself back from making extra blocks 😉
I’ll update you on my progress here on the blog occasionally, but if you want to see more, just follow me on Instagram, I’ll be adding more frequent pictures there.