Stuck at home with too much work do to and kids to look after, I had to get a break and do something completely unrelated to all my studies and household duties.
I haven’t sewn anything, let alone made a quilt in quite some time when I heard my sewing machine calling out to me: “get me going, no matter what, just get me going“. So, my mental health project was making a lockdown quilt.
My quilts are usually improv quilts. They are intuitively freestyle pieced quilts, sometimes inspired by traditional patchwork patterns. Fabric pieces for improv quilts are cut freehand without a ruler and sewn together without a set pattern. This makes them very personal and individual, call it wonky if you like. My greatest inspiration when it comes to quilting is Sherri Lynn Wood and Rosie Lee Tompkins.
However, for my lockdown quilt, I wanted to use loosely the traditional log cabin pattern, as it seemed perfect to convey the feeling of being cooped up.
I got out my fabric stash and curated a few, mostly recycled, fabrics, which I cut with a rotary cutter freehand in strips of various lengths and widths.
Assembling a block looks like this (apologies for the quality) :
And the assembled quilt with batting and binding looks like this:
It represents the lockdown situation with all its facets. The struggle to contain oneself while being confined. The struggle to find and maintain structure in our lives. This quilt resembles the traditional log cabin pattern as much as our current lives resemble our traditional pre-lockdown lives. Great parts of our lives are now improvised, we are trying to make ends meet, find solutions and to keep it together. However, staying at home means staying safe. And what represents safety better than a blanket?
Stay safe and cosy out there!