In light of the current world events, it’s so nice to see how our community is responding with generosity and kindness. I’m happy to share more quilt-y good news that has popped up in my social media circle.
Many of you are spending all of your time at home and self-isolating. That might include young children or grandchildren that require extra attention. In my geographic location (northern California), we are on mandatory quarantine unless there’s an essential need.
I’m fortunate that I don’t have young children to care for and I have plenty of fun projects in my sewing room to keep me very busy. This morning I got up at 5:30 a.m., packed breakfast and lunch for Mr. Crafty Quilter, walked the dog, did a 30 minute exercise video, and ate breakfast all by 8:00 in the morning! That gives me lots of time for crafting and blogging (and cooking and cleaning…).
Resources for quilters
The Quilt Show is an online quilting website and show that I am honored to be a part of. You can become a member for free and get limited access to their content, or they offer a paid membership where you get all the things. TQS is celebrating International Quilting Weekend (which starts tomorrow) with “over 25 FREE shows from March 20, 2020 through March 22, 2020. These shows run the gamut from traditional to modern and everything in between. Featuring TQS favorites like Susan Cleveland, Edyta Sitar, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Gyleen Fitzgerald and many more, it is a weekend of shows not to be missed.” You can also find my TQS classroom of tips and tricks here.
I love seeing everyone and spending time with you, since most shows and events have been postponed or cancelled this Spring, I thought this would be fun and keep us close to each other. This project is free for you to participate and can be enjoyed by any level quilter.
I have been working on this project for a while and I would love for you to join me. Let’s quilt together!
The Quilt Pattern Magazine is starting a free, virtual block of the month all about baskets. It starts tomorrow, March 20 and continues until October 30, 2020.
This patchwork BOM is a lovely assortment of baskets. Each basket has the same general shape. However, each one is unique in the way the basket and the flower are pieced together. Cindy designed this BOM so that you can test and refine your piecing skills! With each installment, the number of pieces per basket and the difficulty level will increase. If you are a novice quilter, this is the perfect project to expand your skills. If you are an experienced quilter, you will appreciate the increasing complexity of the blocks.
Resources for kids
The girls at On Williams Street are offering a week-long Kids Can Quilt series where they will post a new video each day to walk kids through the process of creating their own quilt. This started on Monday, March 16, but you can still join in! Just sign up to receive their emails and start when you’re ready.
We All Sew is full of good content for quilters and sewists. They just posted a round-up of ideas for sewing projects that are perfect for kids:
Schools are closed across the USA, leaving parents and caretakers looking for meaningful activities to keep kids busy, engaged, and learning. This is the perfect opportunity for sewing with kids! You’ll find all kinds of tutorials and free projects in this post to help teach a kid to start to sew and keep on sewing.
Krista from The Happy Housie is a wonderful blogger and also a mother and elementary school teacher. She’s sharing Teacher Recommended Strategies & Websites for At-home Learning. This is a wonderful resource for those that find themselves homeschooling their children for the first time.
I hope you’re enjoying this refreshing mix of good, quilt-y news. If you hear of anything else taking place, please leave a comment and share. I’ll keep gathering information as I see it. I don’t have a Facebook account so I feel like I’m probably missing out on a lot of resources there. If you missed it, you can read my last Quilt-y Good News post here.
I’ll be back soon to show you my latest finished project. Thanks for being here and stay healthy!