In early March I realized I needed to just stay at home. But what to do?
My cupboards are filled with quilts; my walls and furniture are covered with quilts. I simply don’t need any more quilts and my children have all said, “Please Mom. No more!”
But since quilting is one of my favorite activities and since I don’t need any more quilts myself, what I decided to do was make baby quilts. I didn’t at the time know what I was going to do with them and I now have 16 completed (and still don’t know what I’m going to do with them), but the fabrics are so adorable and such fun to work with.
A baby quilt gives you a chance to shop for fabric (online, for now), decide on a pattern or design something new, make that first block that we are all so eager to see finished, BUT you don’t have the repetition of making dozens more in order to complete a bed quilt. In fact, just a few blocks and you are ready to put them together with sashing and borders. The top can be finished in a day or two.
I have always sent my quilt tops to a long-arm quilter for the quilting.
(If you aren’t a quilter, what I was describing above is the piecing which results in the quilt top. The quilting is the part where the quilt top, quilt back, and the batting in between are sewn together with fancy quilting stitches by hand or by machine.)
I decided to use this opportunity to learn how to do some simple quilting on my own. And that provided another ‘stay-at-home’ activity which had the added benefit of learning something new.
I still don’t know what I’m going to do with my baby quilts. I’ve thought about perhaps opening an Etsy shop. For a moment I thought about selling them on my website, but then I realized that most of my followers are quilters themselves and make their own baby quilts. Now, a craft table somewhere would be my venue of choice because quilts need to be touched and cuddled. They just lose so much in a photograph. But for now, that’s not an option.
So I’m just going to send along some pictures so you can see how I’ve been spending my ‘at home’ time.
So that’s about it for now. I just wanted to share these with my friends, readers, followers…all of whom I consider friends. Please don’t forget that I love hearing from you. You can leave comments below, but if you write to me at QuiltingCozy@gmail.com you can include your own pictures and let me know how things are going for you during these unusual times.
I hope everyone is doing well. Please let me hear from you.
My very best wishes,