Quilting Away the Pandemic

Let’s face it…this pandemic has us doing tasks that we’ve all long ignored.  Sheltering in place has people cleaning out their closets and garages, while others are getting creative in the kitchen, cooking up new recipes.  There are some folks that are plowing through piles of books that have been on their, “must read,” list for years.  As for me, I’ve been quilting.

Although I’ve been a sewer all of my life, I only started quilting about 10 years ago…a newbie by any quilter’s standards.  Even so, like every quilter, I have amassed more than a few UFOs, (Unfinished objects,) and WIPs, (works in progress,) WISPs, (Works In Slow Progress,) and even a few WHIMMs, (Works Hidden In My Mind.)  I figure that now is as good as a time as any to tackle some of them.

Yesterday, I finished one of my oldest WISPs…a traditional, pine tree pattern in various shades of green, on a white background, with rusty, red binding.  I can’t tell you what year I started it, (I’m guessing around 2013,) but I can tell you what a relief it is to finally have it done, lumps, bumps, mistakes and all.

Pine Tree Quilt
My Pine Tree quilt is finally done and is just waiting for a sleepy cat.

While I’m a fairly good piecer, I am terrible at the actual quilting part and I winced when I saw all the boo-boos on this quilt that I had made in my earlier, quilting days.  In all fairness, my sewing machine is really not the type of machine that works well for quilting for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into right now.  It’s a beautiful, Singer 403A Slant-O-Matic that I bought used in 1972 and there is no way that I’m ever going to sew on anything else. Anyway…that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.  The great news is that after I washed the quilt, it puckered up nicely from the heat of the dryer, became super plush and cozy and all of those mistakes suddenly disappeared.  I like it.  The cat loves it.  All is right in my, “cabin in the mountains world.”  One project down, about ten, or twelve more to go.

If you are like me, quilting the pandemic away, please share what you are working on.  I’d love to hear from you!

Be safe, be kind, have fun.

~ C

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