Friday, July 10, 2020

New Feature: Adjustable Elastic Ear Loops

Adding this little stopper-bead to the elastic ear loops is such a great idea. Now my masks can fit every size. The elastic is 1/4" wide and the bead is tiny, so it was tricky threading it through that little hole. The best solution was using a little metal crochet hook. It sounds so simple, but I tried everything before figuring this out! :) 
So if you're making masks, maybe give this a try.
Or visit my Etsy shop.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Forest Chandelier in Italy

This is an installation in Italy by John Grade called "Reservoir." He made glass cups and hung them from a net. When they catch the rain they glisten. See more pics and info here. How beautiful!

Follow John Grade on Instagram @johngradestudio.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Elaine Seaman's Fabulous Pine Burr Quilt!

This stunning Pine Burr quilt is the creation of Elaine Seaman (Lakeside Quilters, Standish, Maine). 
This isn't an easy quilt to make. You need an adventurous spirit and Elaine has it! Nice work!

Here's what Elaine says about her quilt:
 I never make the same thing twice and this caught my eye for a challenge. You inspire those of us on a mission to step out of the quilting box. 😃 I hang them in my small hair salon so that the non perfectionists in the quilting world know they can try anything that catches their eye. You caught mine !

If you'd like to see the pattern for this quilt, click here: Pine Burr Quilt Pattern.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Sharp Stripe Fabric Makes a Stunning Mask

I love the color and design of Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Sharp Stripe fabric. If Jackie O. was sailing off the Cape today, she'd be wearing this mask, don't you think? It's a nice combination of classic and modern. Wait, you don't need to wear a mask when you're sailing! 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

American Flag Face Mask

Will we be getting out to celebrate Memorial Day and the 4th of July? 
Small picnics with a few people spread apart? Probably.
We will be sporting these patriotic masks when we go out, which isn't often.
See them in my Etsy shop: American flag face mask

I hope the situation improves soon and people someday wonder what this thing is. 

Best wishes to you all. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Modern Style Face Mask

I'm working on refining a collection of masks that I'm selling on Etsy. We're going to be wearing masks for a while, so it might as well be fun, right? There will be times that we don't want to wear a disposable strictly utilitarian mask. I like this one because it's fresh and modern, kind of artsy, and doesn't introduce lots of new colors to my outfit. 

The back side is white so it's reversible. It has a nose wire. It's washable, but I wouldn't subject it to the high heat of machines. Hand washing will make it last longer. Three layers of cotton fabric provide extra filtration.

So I've been looking at mask making videos to get ideas for improvements. Do you like ties? Or do you prefer elastic? Any input/suggestions would be appreciated.

The masks shown below were made from Kaffe Fasset fabric for Mother's Day. Only one left from the whole bunch.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Face Mask Messages

What message does face mask wearing convey? I used to wonder when I saw Asian people wearing masks in public whether they were sick and not wanting to contaminate others, or if they were trying to avoid disease, maybe due to an already compromised immune system. Or both. 

Do we mask-wearers come across as considerate of others? Afraid of others? Just following the rules? Are we saying "Back off!" This Love mask invites social interaction. At least it says "Hi, there's a person in here, behind this mask." 

This mask wearing thing will take some getting used to. My mask fabric choices are developing every day. I'll settle on a favorite, then I'll want to make one for a friend, relative or customer, and I'll go in a whole new direction. 

See the current batch here. Any thoughts? Do you prefer ties or elastic? Prints or solids? Darks or lights?  Stripes? Rag rugs?

This mask tickles my fancy. It looks like a rag rug, but it's a digitally printed fabric. It looks so realistic. I didn't include it in my store because I thought it might appear that I don't understand the point of masks. Oh well.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Still Making Masks

I don't even know how many masks I've made so far. First ones for my DIL'S hospital, then family and friends, then to sell on Etsy. My skills have improved. The bias ties take time. (They're cut on the straight of the grain, but I use a bias tape making device for these skinny things.) I ordered elastic a month ago, but it still hasn't arrived. Everyone wants elastic and it's sold out everywhere. My sister is a nurse and she insists that ties are more comfortable than elastic; I hope she's right. It gives an old fashioned M.A.S.H. vibe. I like this shirting, shown above. Light color for summer, and not too jarring with most outfits...considering that you're wearing a big mask. So, okay. Jarring.

After this mask phase, I'm really wanting to make a crumb quilt. Or two. :)

 Stay safe.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Making Face Masks

I started making face masks to donate to my daughter-in-law's hospital in New London, CT. Now making for friends and family. And just listed some on my Etsy shop and they're selling like hotcakes. If you have time, and a fabric stash (duh and duh!) consider selling some on Etsy.
This pretty fabric was designed by Jennifer Paganelli who lives in CT. I think it's a good choice for a mask because it's good quality fabric, and the color is like rosy cheeks.

Friday, April 3, 2020

A Chuckle For You

Heard some advice on the radio yesterday, it
said to have inner peace, that we should always
finish things we start, and we all could use more
calm in our lives. I looked through my house to
find things that I'd started and hadn't finished, so I
finished off a bottle of shiraz, a bottle of whisky, a
boddle of Baileys, a buttle of wum, tha mainder of
Valiumun srciptuns, an a box a choclitz. Yu haf
no idee how fablusly karm I fele rite now. Sned
htis to all who nede inner peas, an telum u luvum
an to bee hapee wile in de insulation.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Welcome Spring!

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and doing well. If you are a medical person or doing another essential job you probably don't have time to read this blog, but we really appreciate you! Thank you for getting out there and keeping our country going! Big thanks.

No these flowers are not from my garden (yeah, right). I found them on Google. We actually have snow on the ground, and not much color anywhere, except in my quilt room. But I can almost smell these bright cheery daffodils.

So, virtual hugs to you. Stay safe. I hope you get to enjoy some creative quilting time. :)

Connecticut Army National Guard bringing personal protective equipment to a hospital in CT. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Susan Gardner's Surprise Pinwheel Blocks

Susan Gardner was making the Bunting quilt pattern when she saw that her scraps could easily be made into cute little pinwheels! Nice work, Susan! :)

Monday, January 20, 2020

Improv Tumbler Wall Quilt from African Wax Prints

This is one of my recent quilts in a series made with African wax prints, an improv tumbler design with a solid khaki (Kona) background. I source the fabrics on from sellers in Africa, the US and the UK. Buying a scrap bundle now and then adds even more variety to my collection.  Wax prints are a little bit shiny and stiff, but soften with washing. The fabrics come with large stickers attached. Sometimes it's hard to get the stickers off, and then there's the adhesive to deal with. So I just cut around the sticker if it's a tough case. JoAnn has started carrying similar prints in cotton (not wax) for three times the price ($30). They are found in the apparel section of the store.
Interestingly, African wax prints are made primarily in Holland. 

The quilt measures 55" x 65." It's available for purchase

Friday, January 3, 2020

Fifty-Nine Empty Spools in 2019!

I save my emptied thread spools and count them at year end. This year clocked 59 spools, compared to the usual 20! Increased machine quilting is the main reason. It was all Coats & Clarks Dual Duty, the least expensive choice. I've been thinking of trying fancier threads. Do you have a preference? 

I know how unscientific this measurement is. But it's kinda fun anyway. 

Wishing you all a very happy new year!!