Sunday, June 7, 2020

It's Been a Long Time . . .

I could write about many topics.  So much has happened but I will be brief and stick to the isolation sewing details. 

In the last 3 months I made more masks than I care to count.  It all started with a nurse on our block needing a few to wear on her house calls.  Then her friends at the hospital wanted some, really a lot, and now it's special requests from family and friends.
My personal favorite for my small face is from I Think Sew.  It is free, fast, and folds flat.  I put them in my purse, jacket and jeans pockets, the car gear boxes, and in zip bags to give away.
In between masks, I have done a bit of happy sewing.  Today, I finished up a piece of thread painting and free motion quilting into a zip bag for a belated birthday gift. 

This zip bag is the second I have done with coloring on fabric with crayons and then adding some thread painting.  The first was for my DiL's birthday in May.   
My daughter asked for a sturdy book bag for her birthday.  She found the perfect fabric but thought the batik print would be too thin.  I said, "No problem, I can quilt that." 
It's been a productive start to 2020 in spite of all the distractions.  Now, I hope to get back to quilting on the Incredible Hulk (Innova longarm).  I have a top I just finished so I can practice some ruler work and free-hand fills from Natalia Bonner's online classes and YouTube videos.  The pattern for the quilt is a new one called Quick QST Quilt from Colorfun Quilts by Erin Ryan.  
So, there is the last few months in one quick overview.  I guess I should cover the last 6 months of 2019, also, but maybe in another entry.  


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've only made the flat pleated masks. Super simple to make. Hopefully I won't have to finish the few I have left (cut and pinned).

Sally said...

Cheryl, all of the masks that went to the hospital and the first few I made for family and friends were the flat pleated version. They were fast, even faster when I streamlined my process from beginning to end and used a serger to make ties and finish the sides but unfortunately they weren't a comfortable fit for my face because they would ride up and rub on my eyes, not good when supposedly the virus can enter there. After trying extra tucks and darts, I decided it was time to try a new style. The I Think Sew and Dhurata Davies patterns are the top two that fit best but I mainly use I Think Sew 2 dart, one size mask because they store compactly. The popular Craft Passion mask looked promising but it rides down if I move my chin.