So yesterday I woke up and was right to sewing. I was on a mission to sew as many masks as I could. I wanted to be done sewing masks. Seriously, after making 400, I was ready to be done. The place that Karl works at had put out a call for 300 masks. I knew I wanted to be as helpful as I could because they had given N95 masks to the local hospitals….they wanted the homemade cloth masks more for employee personal use. I also wanted to be helpful because if I can keep the other employees there safe, then that means Karl might be safer too….So what’s a girl to do??
Saddle up and SEW!!
I had made 60 the week before for them and thought I’d keep sewing …if they ended up with enough, I’d find a different home for the masks. So over the weekend I did make a few masks but mostly just sewed a bit more on a batch I had going….
By 1pm, my batch of 50 was done. Adding that to the 40 I had done downstairs meant on Tuesday I could send 90 masks with Karl. I was so happy with that number. So I messaged Karl on Messenger and told him I had 90 masks. Could he check with the powers that be at work and see if they needed all of them or if they needed even more than that.
He did and HALLELUJAH!! They didn’t need even one of my masks. ZERO!! Their call for 300 masks had been filled!! I was happy. I was dancing. I picked Rosie up and kissed her! Seriously, I was so happy. I could be done making masks.
Now lots of people might wonder if I was crabby that I had gone on to make 90 more masks and Karl’s work didn’t need them. I wasn’t one stitch bothered by that. Through all of this I’ve wanted to put a basket at the local convenience store (the main business here in town) and let people take one if they wanted one. I contacted the owner and asked how she felt about that and she was happy to be a distribution site. So…I sent 40 masks to her and she said she’d let me know if they run out. They are all free of charge…just trying to keep my town safe.
I’m going to wait it out a bit with my 50 masks and see if I hear of an immediate need. If I do, I have masks to fill it. I also have about 40 more cut out in the sewing room that I will work on as leader and enders. If someone needs some I can quickly finish those up….but unless something changes that I don’t know about right now, I’m not cutting anymore out.
The local hospital did ask for gowns, but I don’t think I’m going to make them. I don’t have fabric chunks big enough for gowns….I don’t have fabric for cuffs. If the girls tell me they need some, I’ll figure it out and find a way to make some but for now, I’m not going to.
I hope through all of this, hospitals and nursing homes decide to buy more reusable items and hire an extra person in laundry instead of anything happening like this again. Just think of how many problems wouldn’t even have become problems if they would have reusable masks and gowns instead and not had so much disposable PPE.
So what did I do with my time after mask sewing slowed???
I started in on a little tidying in the sewing room. Since mask making started, I haven’t put anything away. I didn’t take time.
My cutting area was stacked with stuff…stuff from mystery quilts…fabric I had pulled if I needed to make masks. UGH…it was time to clean.
My Singer 99 is under that pile of fabric. When I was mask making I used solids for the ties. Part of it was in an effort to use it up…part of it was that it was easy to use it for ties as it was easy to find a matching color.
This is an old ice box and it’s home to my solid fabric. Before COVID-19 I couldn’t have fit another piece of fabric in there if I tried. No joke it all, it was piled to the top on both sides and there seriously was no way more would fit. In fact, if I opened the doors, fabric would tumble out. Now I can see exactly what I have. MUCH better.
A little bit went into a charity quilt box but most of it, I used up.
Then I started working on the Quiltville Quilt Along. I really want to get caught up….
Later I was downstairs and got blog posts written before supper. That night I watched television and cross stitched. I can’t tell you how happy I was not to be working on masks late into the evening.
That was Monday…Tuesday was my first day I felt free to do whatever. So I started out with this…It’s a Bernina 830. It’s in wonderful condition. It had been gifted to me and then I gifted it to someone before I checked it over…well, it didn’t work so I told the person to bring it back and I’d look at it.
Here’s what’s wrong with it…when I push the foot feed, the machine doesn’t go. It makes no sound at all. The light comes on though so I think the cord is okay. I think the problem is the foot control. So…I thought about ordering a foot and seeing if that’s the problem. Anyone have a different idea? I also thought about seeing if Spencer (Kayla’s husband who is an electrician) would look at it before I ordered one.
It’s a nice machine with all the accessories so I want to get it going again. I checked ebay and I think I can get a new foot pedal of it for about $50ish. I hope that’s all I need to do the trick. Hmm. What would you do?
My next plan for Tuesday, get the next step done on this….I’ve really like to get caught up. This is Quiltville’s Unity Sew Along. I got the first border on….
…and then the second border on.
Finally finished with step number 2. I’m happy to have it that far.
When I started this in these colors, I started it because it was easy. I had scraps in the 2 1/2″ bucket that were left over from the mystery. My new problem, I really have VERY FEW batiks in turquoise and neutral. Hmm.
I ended up contacting Carolyn at Forest Mills to see if they were doing mail orders. I’m hoping so.
Today I’m going to work on step #3 for the Sew Along. I’d so like to be caught up…and then I’m cleaning in the sewing room. It’s time my friends. My sewing room needs some good cleaning. What are you up to today??
I am enjoying some sweet freedom from sewing masks. YAHOO!!