March 15 -21 Progress and Goals

To say it’s been an interesting week is putting it mildly. I’m not sure if any of you have experienced any of the hysteria based behaviour, but it is fully in force here in the Kootenay region of British Columbia.

Just a reminder that through the stress and anxiety, we all need to remain calm, be considerate of others; both their fears and any assistance we might be able to offer, and try to find some humour in having to lock ourselves in our sewing rooms or studios in order to remain healthy (physically, mentally and spiritually). I know it’s a huge sacrifice, but our stashes will thank us.

My week started with foregoing my Guild’s monthly meeting. I had a bit of a cough and didn’t want to alarm any of our members or share what I was sure was a spring cold. Tuesday I had to take DH to see the surgeon regarding a knee replacement surgery. It was snowing and on the way home, I hit some slush and the car went in to a full skid towards oncoming traffic. The red Subaru managed to avoid me just fine as I was fishtailing and skidding like crazy. The RCMP cruiser managed to come to a full stop so I could steer around him and continue on my way. On Friday we had to go back to town (an hours drive each way) to pick up DH’s prescriptions. As per my usual routine we stopped at the grocery store for fresh fruit and veggies, milk and a couple of other items on my list (8 in total). I should have known by the packed parking lot and lack of carts that it was going to be a gong show. The shelves were empty of tp, cleaning and disinfecting items, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta, rice, beans were gone. The freezers were devoid of any frozen fruit or vegetables. On top of that people were rude and pushy. The checkout lines went right back down the aisles. I waited approximately 3/4 of an hour and was next in line. An elderly gentleman walked by looking to see if there was an express line. He had a can of comet and some dish soap. I asked him if he’d like to go in front of me. When he did, several people behind us swore at me. I was shocked at this awful example of how some people are reacting to the fear and panic. I think now I will avoid the grocery store and do without rather than have to deal with this disappointing type of behaviour.

On the other hand I myself have been having a wonderful week!

Here’s last weeks list of goals:

1. Satisfy the mighty squirrel and get the pattern test fabric pulled, cut and pieced. Fabric is pulled, cut and piecing has begun.

Fabric pull for pattern test
Cutting and notes done! Pattern printed and in hand for test.

2. Get the binding and label on Star Crossed Plaid. Binding is being hand sewn tonight.

3. Finish the top for my project for Project Quilting 11.5 Give It Away Challenge. if I can manage to quilt it and get the binding on I’d be happy. The fundraiser is postponed until possibly June.

4. Finish my Quilt Qwazy Queens Hop project. Sandwiched and quilting has begun.

This pile of fabric sweetness is ready for my Quilt Qwazy Queens Blogging day on March 23

5. Take DH to see the surgeon about his knee replacement on Tuesday. Surgery will be scheduled ASAP.

6. Keep knitting my socks. Only two more rows finished.

7. Cut more strips for my rag rug. Done and ready to work with.

8. Attend a workshop at our Guild on Saturday. We are starting a crochet pattern that looks like too much fun and is being taught by one of our newer Guild members. I did attend and this will likely be the last event at our Guild until the risk is lessened for our membership. The majority of us are 60- 85 years old and several of the 120 members are in the high risk category.

Our meetings and classes are cancelled at the Guild until May or ? We did the responsible thing and had our discussion and vote via email last night. Reminders will be going out to our members along with the most up to date links for contact information for access to medical consultations, locations of the testing sites and reminders of safe practises.

My goals for next week are to continue on with last week’s list, enjoy the Quilt Qwazy Queens Hop which starts March 18, make my Project Quilting 11.6 Vibrant and Vivacious Project, keep working on my scrappy blocks for the Star Kissed Quilt Along and hopefully work on doing the quilting on this little beauty which is sandwiched and waiting its turn under the needle:

This is the backing that inspired the fabric pull.
Can’t wait to share this finish!
Scrappy blocks for Star Kissed Quilt Along by Wedding Dress Blue

How has your week gone? What are you working on?

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I enjoy reading your comments and feedback. 😄 Carol

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Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

18 thoughts on “March 15 -21 Progress and Goals

  1. I have wondered how Canadians are dealing with this, sounds about like us down here. Fortunately the small community I live in people have remained friendly and the lines aren’t so long as the grocery. Paper product shelves are empty. Wishing your DH well on his upcoming surgery and thank you for linking up to Put your foot down. Good luck on your list of goals.

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    1. Hi Denise. Yes it is the panic situation here as well. DH and I live in a rural community but necessarily have to drive an hour each way to the nearest city, an hour and a half each way to the hospital. Meetings are all cancelled for our Guild. Grocery stores are out of paper products, canned goods, flour and cleaning products. Borders are closed to International travellers except Americans. Canadians have been told to get home now. 4 deaths to date in our country. Quilters are self isolating. So are most seniors. I’m heading to town to pick up DH’s prescription that the pharmacy forgot on Friday. Then I’m coming home. Quilting and knitting are the only things on my radar other than remaking calm and checking on our friends and family by phone. Keep well and enjoy your isolation time 😉


  2. My goodness! Those fabrics for the test pattern are absolutely beautiful. I’m so sorry about the shopping trip – it’s getting crazy out there. Best wishes for your husband’s surgery.

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  3. Hi Carol! You had an amazing week considering the challenges that the world is facing. I hope DH’s surgery goes well and that they can get it scheduled soon. Good luck with another productive week. I still need to start on my project for the QQQ hop. EEK! And I forgot all about Project Quilting 11.6. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Hi Roseanne. It is a bit crazy right now. I just had to drive to town (an hour each way) to pick up DH’s prescription that the pharmacist forgot to dispense on Friday. I avoided any other stores (even the LQS) and just came home. Going to have a cup of tea and make and then I’m going to play with fabric. PQ 11.6 is calling me. 😉 Carol

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  4. You did very well making progress on projects! Sorry about the rude folks. I guess they’re really feeling the pressure. Most people in my community seem to be keeping their smiles ready …. as they checkout with rolls & rolls of TP. One day the store was out of milk but plenty of eggs. Two days later plenty of milk, lots of broken eggs. Oh my!

    Good luck to your hubby’s upcoming surgery. I’m taking mine to the hospital tomorrow for the removal of a kidney mass. I hope everyone I meet there will be kind, considerate, & patient. I plan on taking handwork to while away the hours. All my guild activities have been postponed/cancelled as well. Let’s keep sewing!

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    1. Hi Susie. Attitudes here seem to be calming down as well. More and more stores and all bars and casinos are closed. Restaurants only doing take out. People are setting up volunteer teams to deliver groceries to self isolated folks. Our Canadian spirit is trying hard to revive our good natures. My DH called to cancel his colonoscopy and was told they were going to call him. All procedures and elective surgery is cancelled.
      We Board Members at our Guild postpones/cancelled our annual fundraiser at the end of April. Now 2 or 3 of us in turn (utilizing safe distancing practises) spend a couple of hours each day sorting and boxing everything to store in our cubby until ?
      Sending positive thoughts to you and your hubby for a successful surgery. I’m sure the folks at the hospital will be kind. Make sure you take snacks and beverages to the hospital in case there are restrictions on who can access the cafeteria. At least they will have an adequate supply of tp! Thank you for your comment and do send a note to let me know how it goes and that your hubby is doing okay. 😁 Carol


  5. Great goals! Some wonderful fabrics in use. That green print in the top cutting group – makes me happy to look at it. I just realized how pretty the right shades of brown and turquoise are together. Best of luck this week.

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    1. Thank you. That fabric just makes me smile. Every time I see polka dots I think of my sweet dil and the daffodils are so spring! I have a real addiction to outing brown with teal, blue or turquoise. Hope your week will go well even with the trip to Physio! 😁 Carol

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  6. There’s been a lot going on that’s brought out the worst in people it seems. You had a good week and got lots done. Hopefully your Guy’s surgery got scheduled and went off without a hitch.

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    1. Hi Kate. It was a good week and a lots of fun. All procedures and elective surgeries are cancelled here in Canada for the foreseeable future so no DH likely won’t get it done until possibly I December. That’s fine since we are self isolating for now.


  7. Oh Carol, I’m so sorry you had that experience at the grocery store — and on the road. I’m glad that you have quilt therapy and lovely fabric though. This was a delightful post to read, with all the pretty projects you have going!


  8. Thank you, Wendy. It was an interesting week. This week is calmer, stores are better stocked, people are pleasanter and the stores are limiting the number of entrants at one time. I had to do a grocery run but we are now stocked for a month of self isolating. Now I’m off to work on a pattern test. 😉 Carol


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