Spring break is now 2 weeks instead of 1 as our school district figures out how to shift to online education. For now that means that I have some time to sew. Preparation and work are sure to follow, but for now I have done all that I can to prepare. Teachers will all report next week to figure out what the plan is.
My kids at school last week were starting to realize how absolutely surreal all of this is. They told me that they felt like they were living in a movie and that they would wake up from the dream soon to realize that none of it is real. They are all too young to remember 9-11, but it felt a lot like this.
Because the abnormality is likely to continue, I thought that a quilt could commemorate the experience.
My plan is a block a day for the duration of the experience. If everything gets miraculously better soon it will be a very small quilt. I tried a couple of different blocks before deciding on this simple house block. All the bits come from 2 inch strips, so it is quick and easy to make with scraps that I already have on hand.
I used an easy angle and companion angle ruler to cut the roof, but there are so many ways to make flying geese. I might try a different method later.
Step 1, cut the pieces. For the roof, either use specialty rulers with 2 inch strips or any of these methods:
Here is a no triangle method on you tube
Here is a two at a time method on you tube
Here is a PDF 4 at a time method with different measurements
Here is the traditional flip and sew method
After you make a roof with sky that is 3.5 by 2 inches unfinished, it is time to cut out your house.
1 - 2 x 3.5 inch rectangle
2 - 2 x 1.5 inch rectangles
Then in a contrasting door fabric, add
1 - 2 by 1.5 inch rectangle
Today my house is sunny and bright and the sky is blue. For the first day of spring break the beach was packed! I went out for early voting in the primary and to get some bathroom remodeling supplies from the hardware store. The bathroom got torn apart before we realized that both of our college kids would be back again before summer. We are now madly trying to get it all put back together again as all Florida state colleges and universities have shifted to online learning for now. Ryan kept insisting that he didn't want to come home until they started cancelling all of the things he wanted to do at UF. Kurt went and fetched him this morning. He is a fan of asynchronous lectures for now because he can listen to them at 1.5 speed. There is a rumor that one of the Florida cases of COVID lived in his dorm. There are a lot of rumors like that going around.
Things are still changing quickly. As of Friday I still had students who thought they were going on cruises for spring break. First the school declared that anyone leaving the country for break would face a mandatory quarantine for 14 days after return. Then the cruise lines ended up closing anyway and made it all a moot point.
Most of the day was spent cancelling academic teams planned trip to Disney for the state competition next month. As Disney is closed until further notice and field trips are now prohibited, it seemed like a logical though painful decision. I tried to clean up my room as best I could knowing that custodians would be in to do "deep cleaning" over the break. I'm a little embarrassed to have them see how messy my storeroom is. I might go in though and get some general organization done. I tried to bring home things I might need to teach online, but a lot is still up in the air.
Ryan is at the comic book store and Sydney is sleeping over with a friend. I'm guessing there won't be a lot more of being out and about, so I hope they are enjoying it while it lasts. I think that the Spain and France are now having mandatory quarantines with Italy still locked down. Nothing mandatory here yet, though working from home is the new normal.