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Quilting in the Pandemic

So here we are, sheltering in place and my sewing projects are calling . . . can you hear them? Mercifully, I ordered a few lovely kits before shipping was suspended from our favorite suppliers. Some fabric stores are still delivering if you need new material. I have placemats, a table runner, lap quilt and pillowcases. PILLOWCASES. Just seeing them on the bed makes my heart sing.

I'm still trying to finish a king-size quilt that I started years ago. Literally, years ago. Other projects have come and gone, WHYYYY does it take me forever to finish this lovely quilt? You'd think - even now - in virtual lock-down, that time would not be an issue. Alas, working from home (and thank you to my wonderful boss for my paycheck) still takes many hours, and personal time is here and there. It's really helpful to find one interrupted hour to get anything done. I'm still looking.

This is the perfect time to start presents! Birthday, anniversary, Christmas, any occasion at all. In a perfect world, I would make all the kids aprons for Christmas. With cooking utentils and age-appropriate cookbooks. It's a major undertaking. Years ago, I found the loveliest patchwork apron - with a lining - that is now much too small for anyone, so I can use that, creating a pattern to enlarge.

Just a word about habits: It takes roughly 60 days - 2 months - to form a habit. Don't believe the people who tell you it's 21 days. That's a minimum number, according to Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon in the 1950s and of author of Psycho-Cybernetics (1960). In any case, find an hour each day (or 2 hours each week) to work on your projects and continue that lovely habit even when we are no longer confined to our homes. Think of how much we'll get done!



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