Hello Week whatever of lockdown – Weekly update 21 April 2020

We're still in lockdown in South Africa, and personally, I have been struggling.  How have you been coping?  Do you have kids at home, young ones, older ones?  Are they doing their schoolwork?  I must admit that I am really lucky in that my kids are doing their schoolwork, and then enjoying the outdoors (we do have a decent sized garden).  They like to go for a run, but that has to be done indoors now.

What have you needed to do to adjust and find some kind of normal in this time?  Let me know in the comments below.

On Sunday I set a challenge on social media – Facebook and Instagram.  Use the positively awesome designs, take a picture of what you made and give it to someone that is working as an essential worker during lockdown.  Share this with me and I’ll give you a voucher for the amount that you spent on the designs to use on anything else in the store.  But it does exclude fabric, because that I can’t get right now, because the printers are also in lockdown.  I hope you are all staying safe and taking care.  And whilst we’re all enjoying each other’s company, lets share the love with some projects for the essential workers.

I have this picture in my mind of quilts using embroidered shapes…. how many different shapes can you make and use in a quilt, and how easy is it to make them.

I’m experimenting this week, and though I lost my way down the rabbit hole that is the Lonestar quilt yesterday, I soon found my way back when I realized I’ll need 190 odd diamond shapes, and that will take so many hoopings, and so much stabilizer and…..yeah, no.  That’s not what I do – I do simple, quick, and “complex looking” stuff.  It’s got to be easy right?

The 16th block in the 52 blocks series has dropped – did you see it?  If you’ve not hopped on to this series as yet, you’ve got 16 blocks to catch up on.  Every week, a new block, and if you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll get a regular discount on almost every block.

And did you see the crazy patchwork blocks that you get when you subscribe, or have already subscribed?

 

I don’t do complicated, long winded, heavy stuff.  I like complex looking designs, but it mustn’t take forever to make, and it certainly must not be difficult.  I love quilting, and I really like patchwork, but I’m not a piecer.  So, I’ve found a better, simpler way for me to make patchwork blocks, and that’s what you’ll find here.

You’ll also find printed fabric (you’ll find it right now, but I can’t deliver it to you due to the lockdown).  And, my fabric is all designed and colored by me, and only me.  Again, I like complex looking quilts – and I love quilting, so I’ve combined the two to get to what I like to do.

Printed fabric with complex designs, that will take me months to make, can be printed and delivered to you.  All you’ll need to do is give it a good steam press – it is heat set at the printer, but I like to give it another once over.  And its 100% cotton, so there’s bound to be a kink in it that needs straightening.  Yes, 100% cotton.  Not polyester, or a polyester blend.

The point is that if you’re looking for an easier way to do what we love doing – patchwork and quilting – then you’re bound to find an option at Lavender Quilting Farm.  Because I don’t do complicated unless it’s simple to make it look complicated – now that I’m in for.

Have a great week!  Send me some pictures of your projects, especially the ones using the positively awesome designs.  And I would love to see how you’re getting along with the 52 blocks.

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