Quilting in Quarantine


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In all the ideas of how to use time now that the nation is shut down, no one mentions that people can make a quilt. If they do not have fabric lying around, cannot get to a fabric store because it is closed, do what great grandma did–use old clothing cut into pieces. When my grandmother was alive she had a deal with the tailors of her town to give her their old swatch books when new ones arrived in their shops. She would combine those swatches which were for fabrics to be used in men’s suits, combine them with… Read more »


I have 2 of those wool sample swatch quilts from my great grandparents who had a general store in Iowa. These “beasts” are heavy!! Tied with yarn, but I am certain they were treasured during the cold winters.
I am using my stash to finish ufo’s, even work from a new pattern, just keeping busy, to keep from thinking & going to a dark, worrisome place, it is therapy!! And I have something finished to show for it❤️

Ann Everett

This has been an unprecedented time and I am so thankful to be a quilter. I have been working on three commissioned quilts as well as several Quilts of Valor For Veteran’s Day. I made about 250 masks as well and donated them to family, friends, and the community. I am working remotely which has eliminated my commute time and that has given me a bit more time for sewing. While this time can certainly cause fear and uncertainty, I am realizing more and more all I have to be thankful for, which is a great deal! I miss the… Read more »