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By Carol Perkins

Sewing has a way of taking me away from the world. While sitting at the machine, I think of nothing but the next stitch. During the pandemic, I covered every outdoor cushion and made curtains for the inside. Sewing masks was the hardest of all my projects. I ran out of steam and the machine went back into its case.

Fast forward two years, and a knee replacement, hip replacement, and a broken femur. I was rapidly going crazy from inactivity. I couldn't sit upright to sew, and I could read only so many hours a day. TV was as boring as it was before my time-out from life.

What was I going to do? Then an idea hit me like a bolt of material. I will quilt!

Never had I ever considered piecing a quilt. I admire those in our local quilting club for the fun they had at their retreats (reminder of my scrapbooking retreats), but I couldn't picture myself being accomplished in this area. However, I called my friend and expert quilter, Candy Shirley. She set me on the path to my first quilt.

Who knew I could buy precut squares? I order my first set, going with an assortment of buffalo prints. I love plaids! I sat in my recliner and hand-pieced these five-inch squares together. The quilt grew into a king size. I convenience myself that I could hand quilt it. I laid the back across the dining room table, then put the batting on top of it, and then the pieced version. (I had to have help with this because it kept sliding off the table.)

The more I quilted, the more sideways the quilt went, the puckers increased, and the stitches became longer. Who's going to know? I plan to use it at Christmas and find fluffy pillows to cover my tracks. If I pass on, the kids can fight over it!

I gave this project a name: the Laid-Up Quilt. Most of you have been "laid up" with broken bones, injuries, surgeries, or other problems, so you know how insane you can become. Quilting has gotten me through the last two months. I am now ready to make a quilt for each grandchild, but these will be pieced on the machine and my friend, Marilyn Perkins, will quilt it for me. That's the plan and I'm sticking to it!

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