These are strange times, I know, and perhaps no one will much care about an AHIQ challenge. On the other hand, it might be something that can simmer away at the back of our brains until we find a calm, creative moment.
I have to confess that I have almost given up trying to sew. I have cleared one nice little spot a week, but it's hard to maintain momentum. Sometimes I get my stuff out, look at it and have, frankly, not the foggiest idea what I think I'm doing. No point beating myself up about it though.
Anyway, if I'm going to ramble on I will confine that to my own blog. Time to get to the point. I want to suggest that we do a piece of work related to the current situation and I'm calling this challenge: Positive Thinking.
I am imagining that a lockdown challenge might take one of two directions:
1. Chop up your clothes! Think about what you would do if you started a quilt and couldn't order more fabric. What is in your wardrobes or at the back of a drawer that might be pressed into service? What about sheets? Or tea-towels? Or hankies? Have you looked in your partner's drawers? Ann and I already had a board running for quilts made with recycled textiles, which you can find here, if you want some bright ideas.
2. If raiding the wardrobe is a thought that horrifies you, then what about working with a block that makes you feel happy, for whatever reason, or in a way that is comfortable and familiar? For me this might look like trying this https://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com/2010/10/wildly-whimsical-wonder.html, or https://gohookit.blogspot.com/2012/04/rolling-onward.html, or https://theobjectsofdesign.blogspot.com/2018/11/scrap-star-top.html. Or maybe just doing something rather undemanding - I have a kind of notion to make repeat versions of a simple block in one colour, mindless, repetitive but easy to keep rolling along.
Of course it is often the case that you all come up with much more interesting interpretations of a brief, in which case clearly you can completely disregard my suggestions. In the interests of inclusivity, I should also say that if you are feeling scared, lonely, frustrated, bored and if that's what you want to put into a quilt go right ahead. No point at all in starting something that doesn't reflect how you are feeling right now. Hopefully, though, whatever you are feeling, you will find a way to put a little bit of that into your quilting.