Masks keep happening here. To date, I’ve made 400. I have another big batch started though so I expect that number to climb to at least 500. Little by little they have been happening. Friday I outdid myself and hit a new daily record of making 40 in one day. That is sewing from sunup to past sundown. It’s okay. I was trying to finish an order. I’ll keep making them as long as there is a need.
Saturday I told myself NO MASK SEWING…I needed a break. I’ve been wanting to get caught up on the sew along and mysteries. Karl has been campaigning for me to not be quite so serious of a mask maker. He’s worried I’m getting burnt out so…I went with his suggest and mostly took Saturday off from mask making.
Instead I only sewed masks as leaders and enders…Can you believe I still got 7 masks completely sewn? Here’s a mask going into the machine as I’m catching up on the Quilted Twins Mystery.
I was behind on this…I only had clue #1 done. I got clue #2 together fairly quickly.
Then went on to clue #3. Technically I didn’t need to do that one right away but as long as the Civil War prints were out, I figured I’d finish all of the clues for this mystery. I cut the other pieces that are needed too but put them aside before I snapped the picture.
It’s been awhile since I’ve sewn a quilt with my Civil War fabrics and am having a really good time with them. I forgot how much I love them.
I’ve also been working on the Temecula Quilt Company sew along. Here’s how that is going….I am actually current with the amount of blocks. I took this picture on Saturday and did make the block on Sunday too so I’m current.
The directions don’t say for the blocks to all be in red. That just happened. Mine are actually a lot scrappier than the directions suggest too. I’ll see once the finish is revealed to see if I stick with the blue color in the blocks.
The blocks finish at 3 1/2″. They are cute and fun. Again, I dug into my Civil War prints. I have this huge bag of bonus triangle and I’ve been using them every time the pattern calls for half square triangles. I just square up however many I need. I haven’t been paying attention to matching the colors of the background.
It is called the Stay at Home Sampler. You can get directions for the block each day if you follow Temecula Quilt Company on Instagram or Facebook. I’ve been using Facebook.
The other quilt along I’ve wanted to do is the one Bonnie Hunter is hosting on her blog Quiltville. I had hoped to get caught up as the new directions come out today but alas. It didn’t happen. I ended up taking quite a bit time to catch up on writing blog posts and I decided it was Easter and totally okay for me to put my feet up and cross stitch.
I did get clue #1 done though and did get quite a bit clue #2 cut out. I’ll do that as a leader and ender while I sew masks today. Hopefully I’ll get a little of it done and can get caught up with clue #2 and the new clue this week. I feel so much better that I at least started.
I debated some on what colors and what fabric to use. What decided it was that I opened my scrap bins to see what I had the most of the this was on top. I know it’s the colors of the mystery- minus the green but I don’t care. I just wanted to get sewing immediately and using my scrap users was going to accomplish that the most quickly. I did cut into some neutrals but other than that, this much was all from my scrap users system.
I’m guessing this one be a gift at some point so I thought batiks might be good too. So far, I’m happy with it.
My supervisor Rosie was on duty. The second a scrap bin is opened, she jumps right in. She has a bed in the sewing room but still the scrap bin is her favorite.
She continues to improve all the time. When Karl ventured out to get our groceries on Saturday I had him stop at Wal-Mart and get her some more dog chew toys for the sewing room. Ruby didn’t really like toys so she had very few…Rosie loves them so she didn’t have enough. She was really happy to see new toys and I was real happy she was occupied.
I’ve learned to keep this on my kitchen table. It’s masks that need to be pinned for pleats. I pin while supper is cooking or while one of the kids calls on the phone. Pinning is my least favorite part so if I pin while something else is happening, it’s a little less taxing.
After I get this next order done, I’m slowing down….unless of course someone calls and lets me know they need some.
Kelli has been making masks like crazy too….
She made a bunch that are in Iowa Hawkeye fabric and they’ve been super popular. I think she’s closing on having made 200.
Kayla was a mask maker too. She sewed for friends and Spencer’s family.
A LOT of sewing has happened lately here…just not the super fun kind…that’s okay though. Squeezing in a few quilt alongs along the way has made the mask making not quite so monotonous. Thanks so much to all of the designers who are busy entertaining us.