A Quilter’s Plan B

Five and a half feet of snow from a blizzard dumped on Arnold the first week of February. The whole town was dealing with downed trees and power lines. Roads were blocked off or closed, the snowplow could not get through.  Aside from being very annoying, communications were all down (phone, cell & internet).  We were cut off from the world.  For over a week.

What do quilters do when they can’t use their sewing machines?  We do prep & handwork.  Like binding the edges of finished quilts.  Like cutting fabric for the next quilt or project.  Organizing our “stashes”, designing our own stars, blocks, or layouts. Taking care of U.F.O.’s. (Unfinished Objects).  I happily found 5.5″ flannel squares in my flannels bin that will make a cute toddler’s comfort quilt, left-over 2.5″ squares that could be a cute patchwork spring quilt.  I start way more projects than I accomplish, it seems.

I promised myself to finish the binding on “The Beast” before piecing little quilts.  The Beast?  A King-sized T-shirt quilt I made for my husband out of his old Harley Davidson shirts.  I stupidly decided on a fleece backing (I put them on kid’s quilts all the time).  The Beast weighs a little over 8 pounds.  Not only will it keep us warm in the winter, but it will also keep us on our own side!

Arnold has power and internet back this week, so tomorrow’s class will be in session, even if it snows as predicted.

♥  TTFN  ♥

The Local ‘War Effort’

Well, as President Trump said in one of his early March pandemic press conferences,  we are “at war with the invisible enemy.”  We are not able to mobilize (i.e., the STAY HOME order), but we have sewing machines and we know how to use them. 

Calaveras County’s Health Care District is doing its best to get masks and hand sanitizer out so everyone has one.  Yes, that means EVERYONE in Calaveras county. Even those who “don’t believe in” masking. 

The Independence Hall Quilters (IHQ) made and supplied Arnold’s Big Trees Market & Murphys’ Sierra Market with face masks, to give away to residents.

Guild President, Mary Sue Budrow (pictured), shows her multiple bags stuffed with ready-to-go facemasks.  She sets a great example for our guild members!

The photo was cropped and zoomed-in – due to Social Distancing.  We were not standing this close.  [ In case you wondered ]

 

 

A special THANK YOU to all our seamstresses who worked hard and long hours, making the guild look good

Listed in alphabetical order:

Laura Baughman, Sue Bishop, Mary Sue Budrow,  Linda Cornman, Cathy Fitzpatrick, Nancy Gardner, Kelly Green, Karin Harlan, Deanna Hoy, Carol Hutcheson, Tish Lightfoot, Anne Osincup, Jackie Sullivan, Jean Schwisow, Larie Tippetts, Linda VanBerckelaer, Doreen Whiteman, and Margaret Zavertnik

 

We at IHQ also want to acknowledge the many quilt guilds, across the country, who are sewing masks and donating them to first responders, hospitals, grocery stores, and who knows where else.

♥  TTFN  ♥