As I was on a walk with my daughter we were chatting a bit about our new life at the moment. We both agreed that it has been nice to just step back and basically take a break from the world. We also both agreed we really miss our normal life. I’ve been lucky during this time. I live on 20 acres of property in the country. I can either walk my orchard or walk around my block (3+ miles) and see no one. I have my family with me. My husband can work from home. We have two chest freezers and plenty of food. I feel like my daughters are at the perfect age for this. My oldest is 13 which means she’s old enough to cook meals and bake (YES!) but not so old that I have a sulky teenager that just wants to drive somewhere with her friends. My middle is 12 and is an introvert. She misses school but can entertain herself like none other. My youngest is 8 and her favorite place to be is at home with her big sisters so this is like her dream.
While I miss people, I really can’t complain. We’re healthy and we’re together. This whole situation is so surreal to me but honestly the largest impact on me is that my April talks/classes were cancelled and I can’t go to the gym. Things could definitely be worse.
Last week I got a LOT done and I thought it would be fun to summarize it all in a post.
First – we finished our taxes! Whew! I know there is an extension but it feels good to just have that off our plate!
I also started and finished piecing the top of the Lucy Quilt from GE Designs. I’m going to give it to a High School senior whose name is … Lucy! It just seemed too perfect not to make this one for her! Plus – it’s incredible! I love the look of design and per all of Gudrun’s patterns – it’s way easier to make than it looks.
While I was working on the Lucy quilt I needed some “leader/ender” projects so …
I made a couple more Scrappy Barrister Blocks.
Here’s the second Barrister Block I made. I’m sure you’ve already noticed my little oops! I thought about ripping it out and fixing the orientation of the half square triangle but I feel like it’s going to add interest to this quilt and be a good memory of just how crazy this time during quarantine has been. I’ve decided not to fix any mistakes on these blocks as I go. It will be what it is!
I also made a few Scrappy House blocks.
I’ve decided for this scrap quilt I’ll be mixing a bunch of different house blocks all into one quilt. These particular blocks come from my Scrappy Wonky House Block tutorial. They are fun, easy, and zero stress! Perfect in my mind!
And I also pulled out my Fussy Cut Sampler book again and I’m back to work on those blocks. I love leader/ender projects since I feel like I accomplish a lot with very little effort.
Next up for the week was som paper piecing projects!
I’ve joined in the #miniseriessal with Alison Glass and GiucyGiuce. These blocks are all 8″ finished which is insane but so satisfying! The blocks change so much with each round you make. I had to play catch up since I didn’t finish the Courthouse Step Block from two weeks ago.
And – while I have my stitches set to smaller stitch setting I feel like I might as well work on paper piecing. So …
I pulled out my elephant quilt that I started at the 2019 Modern stitching affair. This is a pattern by Violet Craft and I have hopes to finishing this top during the quarantine. Since this photo was taken I finished two background sections with three left to go. I want to make this into my snuggly quilt so I do intend to add a border to this to make it a bit bigger. This quilt makes me so happy!
The #100DayProject has begun so I’m joining in that as well. I’m working on my sketching! I posted a few pictures to instagram right away but now I think I’m just going to post groups of my sketches once a week.
I’ve also been going for a walk almost every day. There is a marsh about a mile from my house that I like to walk by. Sometimes the girls come and sometimes they don’t. Either way is great and it always feels so good to just get out and move.
That was my week! And there were definitely naps involved, enjoying all my daughters’ baking and the start of a family cribbage tournament. It’s been busy, lonely, and I guess, what life is now.
I’m still looking for more quilts for the Project QUILTING Virtual Quilt Show! I have three rounds posted and I’d love to keep it going!
Happy Easter everyone! The next Project QUILTING Quarantine 2020 challenge will be up in just over an hour!