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Jackie’s Pandemic Quilt

While visiting my mom last week, she showed me this quilt, just come back from the long arm shop. She called it her Pandemic Quilt. Apparently, in order to earn that name, a quilt must be made entirely with materials you already have in your stash.

Close up of nine blocks, including Spring and Summer.

She told me that the inspiration for this improv, scrappy quilt came when she was experimenting with embroidery patterns available on her new, very fancy, baby lock machine. Take a look at the flower in the upper left corner block, above. After working this center she cut it into the shape of a pentagon. This allows for the crazy log-cabin piecing to take place. After a little experimenting, she embroidered the block centers first, made her cuts and then did the piecing. The centers include the words “Spring” and “Summer.”

The white sashing and black cornerstones give the quilt a fresh modern feel.

Good work, Mom. I love to see you get creative.

Addendum: Jackie says,

” I think this quilt is a good example of combining techniques.  The embroidery is strictly modern and surrounded by an old technique of crazy patch piecing.  A purist would hand quilt this but my old arthritic hands no longer hand quilt so it was finished on a long arm machine which is also a modern invention.  “


One of six children, I was raised by a busy mom, who instilled in me a love of fabric. Though I learned to sew and knit at a young age, it was the arrival of my first grandchild that pushed me into action. A long-time knitter, I am now ready to explore all things fiber.

11 thoughts on “Jackie’s Pandemic Quilt

  1. Thank you Laura, this quilt was a lot of fun to make. I love embroidering on my Babylock and I love scrappy quilts. So I combined my two loves. I’m not sure what I will do with this quilt but as soon as my guilds start meeting I will take it to meetings for “Show and Tell”.

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  2. After going to the yarn shop I thought briefly about resuming knitting. I still have knitting needles but no yarn. Maybe I will pay Harps and Thistles again. Come visit again soon so you can accompany me. I love my knitted socks but had to stop wearing them until after laundry day.

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    1. You can machine wash them in tepid water. No Hot Water, and No High Heat in the dryer. I like to roll my knitted woolens in a towel, squeeze out the moisture and then lay flat to dry.


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