27 April, 2020

H2H 2020 quilt progress

This is the progress on my quilt top for the 2020 Comfort Quilt Challenge, hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. On the next progress link party, this pattern will be more visible. All of the completed quilts will be donated to seriously ill patients and their families. I have participated for several years, and in 2019 it really "hit home". My own twin sister received a quilt. Sadly, she passed not long after that. This Challenge is truly a worthy cause. Visit the link party to see more progress on many other quilts.

~Linking-up with: Confessions of a Fabric Addict: H2H 2020 Progress~

23 April, 2020

More fabric face masks

Here are a few more fabric face masks that I have sewn. You might recognize three of them from the previous post. The elastic ear loops, gathering and pleating did not work so well for my ears and face, so I took the masks apart and used another style pattern. This pattern is from: Julie at The Crafty Quilter, and is the version with ties. The curved smooth design fits my face perfectly. The lime and white print mask was also sewn in this batch. 'Couldn't resist, as green is my favorite color. Hoping you all are safe and well. There is stormy weather forecast for us this week, but hoping we miss that. It has been really cold at night, though, in the 40's! How is everything going where you are?

22 April, 2020

Sewing Meet Up: mini

'Joining-in on a mini quilt party, hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. While we are all in self-quarantine, she got the awesome idea to let's all sew mini quilts or link-up past favorite minis. This block was an orphan from an improv quilt-along a few years ago. Now, it is a 9 3/4" square mini table topper. For this one, the uneven grid machine quilting was done after sewing the top and batting to the backing then turning right side out. 'Love the improv style. Be sure to visit the party, and maybe even make a mini yourself.

~Linking-up with: Confessions of a Fabric Addict- CQ Mini Party 2020~

♥ Completed WIP/UFO quilts in 2020: 2 ♥

18 April, 2020

Fabric face masks

All of us are terrified of the COVID-19 pandemic, and rightfully so. Many are so graciously offering free fabric face mask patterns. Know that while these are not a substitute for nor as effective as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), they are "better than nothing" to help stop the spread of the virus. These masks are sewn from several free online patterns.

Narrow elastic is difficult to find these days, isn't it? So it is used for only two of these masks. On some of the others, there are four 18" fabric ties sewn to the sides (instead of the two elastic ear loops). The elastic or ties keep the mask held snugly to the face. These masks required only one fat quarter each. 'Safely gifted three of these face masks to my neighbors across the hall. Of course, our best defense is staying home and washing our hands as much as possible. A rectangle piece of a vacuum filter (containing no fiberglass!) or coffee filter can be used as an insert, as an added layer of security. Remember that fabric masks should be washed and dried after every use, and the paper filter replaced after every use.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a lot of useful information about COVID-19. They also offer several: cloth face mask patterns that cost little to make. One is a video. The CDC states that PPE masks (now in short supply) need to be reserved for those in healthcare professions and for other medical first responders. Have you sewn any face masks?

12 April, 2020

Happy Easter 2020

Happiest Easter wishes to you all. Here it is all rainy and stormy. Even if there were no COVID-19 danger, kiddos surely could not hunt eggs in this weather. Expecting more thunderstorms later this evening, too. 'Been busy sewing Camden Road quilt blocks and staying home, except for occasional food store adventures. Finding hand sanitizer is still impossible. 'Glad I had bought some before this all began. Hoping you all are safe and happy, and able to get the supplies that you need. Looking forward to better environment and more sunshine. Blessings.
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03 April, 2020

Working on Camden Road quilt

Yes, the Camden Road quilt along at: Meadow Mist Designs has ended. Here are two more blocks of the nine for the baby-sized quilt. Life got so hectic and my progress just did not go as planned. The pattern is so awesome, and this quilt will be finished soon. Yesterday I visited some of your blogs and commented. 'Will be doing that more often from now on, just like before. Again, thanks to all of you for staying with me and for all of the kind comments. What project(s) are you working on?