I’m sorry to say my freedom from masks was very short lived. Wednesday I made two masks for Karl…I was a nice mom and made his exactly how he requested, flat black.
UGH. Karl had taken 40 masks down to the local convenience store and they were snapped up immediately. The owner put a basket of them at the check out and let people take them if they needed one.
She messaged me this morning. She was out of masks. I’ve had people want some and they stopped by the house so my remaining 50 that I had here dwindled down. I made enough more today so that I could have Karl drop another 40 off at the convenience store.
I’ve been getting some email requests and requests in the comments from people I don’t personally know and as much as I would like to help, I really have all I can do to make masks for places that serve my community, for people of my own community, and for people I personally know. I’m very sorry but it’s the whole theory they tell you on the airplane…put your own mask on first then help the others immediately around you. I’m sticking with that…and a few family and friends just outside my immediate area.
I’ve heard from a local area business that some of the homemade masks that are being donated aren’t being made of quality fabrics. This makes me so sad. All of the work people are doing is for nothing if the masks that are made aren’t of quality fabric. Seriously, the masks will have to be thrown away. If you are a mask maker and you need good quality fabric for the making of masks, please leave a comment in this blog post including an email address to reach you. If you are someone who is willing to donate fabric to a mask maker in need, please read the comments, connect and send the fabric directly to the person. At some point if someone wants to take pictures of the fabric sending or mask making to me, I’d happily write up a blog post on how you connected….but please whatever anyone does, please do not make and donate masks that aren’t made with good quality fabric. The weave of the fabric needs to be tight. The fabric needs to be breathable. The fabric needs to be of the same quality that you would put in a quilt that you were keeping for yourself.
If you aren’t sick of mask making yet…there is a giant need with Lutheran World Relief. You don’t need to be Lutheran to be a help. They are trying to collect 75,000 masks for distribution around the world. There is truly a need. You can find more information about it by following THIS LINK. If your group typically made quilts for Lutheran World Relief, if might be time to switch gears and start making masks.
After I made a few masks I prepped a bunch for tomorrow. I have a batch of 50 or so in the next round. I had a friend ask for masks for her nursing home facility. They need 120. I’m not sure if it will be me making them or not. They want elastic ones and I don’t have elastic….so we’ll see what comes of that.
Kelli’s sister in law is in a home for adults with disabilities. She is finishing up the current batch that she is doing and will then start on a batch for the home her sister in law is in.
The need never seems to end.
As many of you know, Iowa, where we live, has not been put on shelter in place orders. Today we got new news. The region of the state where we live is now put on a high alert status. We are allowed to be with people of our immediate family or household…no other groups. Unfortunately our area includes Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. You may have heard that some of the meat packing industries are having trouble with coronavirus spread….Waterloo is one of them. This plus larger outbreaks in the Cedar Rapids are puts the NE region of Iowa in a high threat category….This all doesn’t mean much different for me. I’ve been home here and will continue to stay here.
As of today schools are closed through April 30th. I look for that to be extended-I’m hoping the governor speaks more on that soon. As far as childcare, I’m staying closed as long as school is closed for sure and will make personal decisions if I need to beyond that. Seriously…so crazy.
I’m trying to cut up my mask making this time (like not doing it for 10 hours each day like I did before) so I treated myself to some sewing time. I got the next round on the Unity Quiltville Sew Along. I loved making the little stars. Seriously, four patches and stars are my favorite.
Tomorrow I’m spending the morning mask making and then after that I think I’ll do a little work on the new Quilted Twins mystery clue that will come out this morning….or some cleaning in the quilt room. Oh, it needs it!!
So that’s my story on my short lived freedom from mask making….