Project QUILTING 14.5: Sew Not a Square

This week the Project QUILTING challenge is Sew Not a Square. Specifically, the quilt could not be a square or have any squares in it's composition. "use no square shapes in doing it"

I was out of town until Monday evening on my trip to QuiltCon and came down with symptoms and tested positive for Covid on Tuesday evening {whomp whomp} so I've been isolating from my family. I've also had limited energy as you can imagine. I still wanted to participate in this week's challenge so I grabbed a few supplies from my studio to bring into isolation.

When starting a quilt challenge with just a day left until the deadline, it is wise to think of how to get it done. Here were my rules for myself.

▪️Work very small.
▪️Limit options.
▪️Don’t overthink it.

I knew it would all be hand stitched. And I decided I would make it round. I began by cutting out a small circle from my batting (not sure why I didn't trim after the piecing). Then I pieced my smallest, irregular scraps using pearl cotton thread.

Once I was done stitching the quilt top I trimmed the backing fabric, and then the quilt top, to match the batting circle.

Once it was all trimmed, I cut strips of fabric a bit wider than 1/4" on a bias and stretched the strips a bit to fray the edges. Then I used more pearl cotton to kind of couch my fabric strips over the raw edge of my quilt. I'm not sure what to call the stitching I used... is it a blanket stitch?

1084 days from the start of the pandemic to my first case. (I'm thankful that after a few days I'm starting to improv.) And I have never made what I have considered a Covid Quilt or Pandemic Quilt... so this is My Little Covid Quilt. It's about 2 inches in diameter.

Thanks for visiting! I'm linking up on Kim's blog for the Project QUILTING Sew Not a Square challenge.

As a longtime participant of Project QUILTING, I'm excited to be a sponsor this year. Each week as a Weekly Sponsor I have contributed a PDF pattern to one winner. I'm also a Grand Prize Sponsor. The prize is a spot in one of my self-hosted open enrollment live virtual workshops.

Happy quilting!

8 thoughts on “Project QUILTING 14.5: Sew Not a Square

  1. Nancy

    Sarah, I am so very sorry that covid caught up with you! It found me Feb 14. Just an FYI should you want it…. I’ve found that though most symptoms never came, I have suffered extreme exhaustion. I also have been dizzy and out of balance. My vision is affected. I saw an ophthalmologist who specializes in low vision and he was very reassuring that these side effects will diminish. The dizziness and balance are correcting themselves now. Like a broken leg you may now hear more stories than you ever wanted to know. I share only in hopes of being helpful should you need this info. Be gentle with yourself.

    1. sarah

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      Thanks for sharing your experience, Nancy. I'm glad your symptoms are improving. I'm definitely going to be taking it easy for a while.

  2. Hi Sarah - I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with Covid - I know this was making you nervous when you went to QuiltCon. Hopefully you will recover quickly and the rest of the family won't come down with it. Such a drag.

    On the other hand, your interpretation of Sew Not a Square is super cute!


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