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What I’m Working On….

I’ve been showing you quilts as I finish them.  Can you believe that I finished three quilts this week that I’ve shown you…I have another one for tomorrow and two more that I haven’t taken pictures of but are finished.  That’s what happens when I have time.

I even put out a tutorial on making this quilt….

You can find that tutorial HERE.

I’ve been busy on the mask front too….

I made 25 one day…then made 25  another day.  My total is up around 170.  I had made 50 for the nursing home that Kelli works at.  This week my goal is to make another 50 for them.  I’ve had lots of family and friends request them too.  Little by little, I’ll get masks to all the people I know who need them.

Here’s the pile I’ll be working on today.

I’m finding that more people who are working day to day and not in the medical field are wanting some now too.  I really think it’s going to get to the point that they want people wearing them when they go outdoors no matter what your job is….

So, I make more masks.

I don’t do it all day long…a couple hours a day is enough.  There is a real thing I’m calling mask fatigue…and it really is a little depressing making them.  But 2 hours is do-able and helpful most days but today, it’s time for an all day affair of making masks so I can get them to the nursing home.  I want to keep everything there safe but there is a lady there that I’ve loved since the moment I met her.  If she was able, that lady would be making masks like nobody’s business…so I make them for her.

I do have to say that every batch I make goes a little faster.  I learn how to do a step without pinning…I attach the ties a different way.  It just seems more and more fluid.  I can make a mask from start to finish in 15 minutes now.  I think it’s a little faster if I do it more assembly line though.  This is with making the ties.

I shipped some fabric to my great nieces.  They have been making some.   You might remember those are the girls I gifted a sewing machine to a couple years ago.  I’m so proud of them.

I’ve wanted to work on my mystery quilts….here is the next clue from the mystery from Quilted Twins….I’ve sewn nothing on it.

I wanted to Quiltville’s sew along but that hasn’t happened either.  I’m making masks.

Temecula Quilt Company has a sew along too.  I did manage to get two of the blocks done….See? Continue reading

Brick House Quilt Directions

Some of you might remember a while back a blog reader, Roxanna sent a bunch of UFO’s to me.  They were meant to be sent out for charity projects and I meant to until I realized I make charity quilts and I could finish one of these for charity.  I ended up keeping this one….

You can read on how I was working on it HERE.

Here is is finished…

Roxanna sent a good start of the quilt…  in my sorting I realized that some blocks were oriented wrong.

See how the blocks are mirror images and not the same block?

I set the blocks to the left aside and I ended up making more blocks that were oriented the same way as the blocks on the right.

Gannon (pre Covid-19) helped me.

I have gone on to find out that Julie from Me and My Quilts was the originator of the idea.  You can read more about the quilt on her blog HERE.  You will find tons more of inspiration there on her blog.  What an accomplished quilter she is and a master at scraps.  Seriously I can tell you I’ve spent hours on her blog and have so many quilt ideas jammed in my brain about scraps, scrap use and quilts I want to make.

Well so many of you were excited about the quilt I was making and asked for directions.

I’m writing this post to give you an idea.  I don’t think it fair that I write a full pattern as it wasn’t my idea…but I will give you enough information for you to go on and make your own quilt.  Here goes… Continue reading

The Kramer Clan Grows

It was some time ago that I told you that we were expecting a new grandbaby sometime in early April.  Buck and Lora were adding to their family.

They already had Scotty and Lucy….

Scotty is 4 1/2 and Lucy is 2.

On Tuesday morning they went in and Lora was induced.  The plans were to go in Thursday but things changed due to COVID-19.  The doctors are trying to not flip back and forth from clinic to delivery so much.  That meant that they wanted Lora to deliver earlier so thus inducing on Tuesday.

They didn’t find out if they were having a boy or a girl…so there was a lot of suspense with the family…They ended up having…. Continue reading

Ask Jo: Masks and Religion

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days. 

First off I want to thank everyone for using the Amazon link at the top of the right hand column on the blog.  As I’ve told you before, Amazon pays me a tiny percentage of your sales…and I really appreciate all of you who are using that link.  I so appreciate it as the money made there is used to help offset the costs of running the blog.

About Masks:
I recently put this picture up on Instagram and Facebook.

I got another flood of questions and comments:
What tutorial did you use?  This one.

Here is a LINK if you can’t view it in this post.

I also ended up with floods of other comments so I’m going to address some:

This is the mask (person gives me an example) I am making.  Is it the “right” mask?  I don’t know.  Is it the “wrong” mask?  I don’t know.  Is there a “better” mask?  YES.  There are better masks the N95 but, as we know, they aren’t always available.

Is it good to wear these masks?  I don’t know.  I figure it can’t hurt.  Should everyone be wearing them?  I don’t know.  The news is starting to make it sound like everyone going out might need to be wearing them.

What do you do if you run out of elastic? Make ties.  How long do you make them?  I don’t know. Every pattern is different.  Try the mask on and see what you think.  I can’t make a recommendation as I don’t know which mask you  are making.  I make mine the width of fabric.  One for each side.

I’ve heard I need to make them with a non woven.  Well to be honest I don’t really know what that is.  I don’t really know that it is available.  People have guessed.  Which guess is right?  I don’t know.

I’ve been told make them with batik fabric, it has a tighter weave.  That might be true…has it been tested and it’s factual based?  I don’t know.  It sounds good in theory.

I’ve been told the masks I’m making are so complicated.  Well I want mine to stand up and be washable and reusable so I’m making them like the tutorial….is it the right choice?  I don’t know.

I’ve been asked to make a pocket in them so…I have.  Do you need to make them with a pocket?  I don’t know.  Is it the best choice?  I don’t know.

I’ve been told the tutorial I’m using it to hard.  I’m sorry.  Find one that fits your needs.  I’ve been told this design or that design is better….Maybe it is.  Find one that fits your own needs.

I’ve been told that this hospital or that hospital wants this or that style.  Well then I’m not the person to be making them for that facility as I’m making the style in the youtube tutorial I linked.  Someone else can make them for the hospital.

I’ve heard make them with elastic.  I’ve heard “no, don’t make them with elastic because of ear fatigue”.  People wearing the masks get sore ears from wearing them all day as the elastic rubs.  Who knows what to do or listen to?  Not me.

I’ve been told “your fabric is so cute…I don’t have cute fabric like that”.  Seriously, if someone NEEDS a mask, I really don’t think they care about fabric.  There is no “proper fabric print”.

I’ve heard I must make them from two different pieces of material so the people using them can figure out how to put them on and know what is the front and what is the backside.  Mine have a pocket on the backside, I’m sure someone can figure it out.  But if that’s what you want to do, go for it.

People send me links to articles about “their” mask.  (a “better” one)  People are constantly sending me suggestions and comments.  Me, I smile and nod.

I’m going to go off on a little tangent here so beware.  I’ll come back around and link the two things PROMISE.  Here goes: Continue reading