There is a silver lining to most everything and one of them is all of the new followers to my blog. Thank you for joining me here! It’s been a week full of face mask activity and I wanted to let you know that I have made some face mask pattern updates. I also finished a quilt top in one week!
Face mask pattern updates
I have created a downloadable face mask pattern that includes the instructions and the templates. You can find that on the original blog post or for your convenience, you can download it here:
4/10/20 Update: I was made aware of a good resource for filter material: Filti Face Mask Material. They have a data sheet that you can click on that contains great information. I have not tried this myself, but it looks legit.
Yesterday, I completed ten more face masks and I’ve been using my stash of Art Gallery Fabrics. Their fabric is very tightly woven (similar to batiks) and perfect for these masks.
I’m starting to run out of grosgrain ribbon, so I’m using hair ties and strips of t-shirt fabric for the ties. I think some people prefer the hair ties because they don’t require tying a knot behind the head and neck. My parents are in their 80’s and they aren’t as flexible as they used to be, so they’re getting the masks with hair ties.
Thanks to one of the comments from the original Versatile Face Mask blog post, I found an easier way to thread the ties. First I created a tie with one strip of fabric, 1 1/2″ x 42″ using the technique I mentioned in the first blog post. You could also do this with one long piece of ribbon. Then I threaded the single tie so that it went down the casing on one side and up the casing on the other side. This way the neck portion gets tightened by pulling up on the top ties and then you just tie it behind the top of your head.
Speaking of comments, there have been 173 so far! Some of those are me responding to questions, but mostly they are positive comments from you and some great suggestions. I updated that blog post with a condensed version of those tips (towards the end of that post).
A finished quilt top
I follow Sweet Treasures Quilts on Instagram; Terri has been hosting a sew along called The Kindness Project. You can also find her on Facebook. I joined in a little late, but it was easy to catch up. The quilt top is complete, and now it’s time to baste, quilt and bind it. That’s usually where I send things off to a longarm quilter, but I’m going to try to quilt this one myself. Not that I feel intimidated by that, I just don’t have the time. Well, truthfully, I would rather be making something else (new things are always more fun)!
The Kindness Project is meant to spread some comfort to someone who could use a little extra kindness in their life. I still don’t know who the recipient will be of my quilt. I made it in gender neutral fabrics so that it could go to anyone. I’m sure the right person will show up at the right time.
Life at home has been a curious mix of things. The days fly by for me and I’m spending more time in the kitchen than ever. I’ve always liked to cook, but I’m going to really appreciate it when the restaurants can relieve some of that. We do order take out on occasion; mostly to support our local favorite eateries. I’ve made this Garden Vegetable Lasagna twice now – it’s so good! I’m also working on a homemade granola recipe. I’ll let you know how that goes.
I’m missing my children and grandchildren, so much! Our son has moved back home for the time being and our daughter in San Francisco comes home to visit often. The other two are a plane flight away, so that’s keeping us apart. But there’s Zoom and FaceTime. We had our first Zoom Happy Hour with them on Sunday and it felt so good to be together. One of my daughters took this screen shot at just the right moment. Baby Ben had us all smiling.
Our granddaughter, Clara, turned two in March. We are going to have to get used to these virtual celebrations. She’s now wearing a dress I made for her big sister, Amelia. I’m so glad to see it getting passed down.
That’s a small snapshot into my life right now. None of us are sure what tomorrow will bring, but I’m sure our creative outlets are a respite that we can all appreciate now more than ever. Unless you’re Cooper; he loves the fact that he has constant companions all day long and the walks are more leisurely than ever.
Have a wonderful and safe week!