As you know, we are at war with coronavirus. Dr Shanker Nesathuri, the Medical Officer of Health, and Marlene Miranda, the General Manager, Health & Social Services have asked our 2 local quilting guilds to make 500 masks, to be worn under face shields for medical staff.
It is so important that our paramedics, health unit staff and other have the right protection against infection so we’re happy to help them augment their supplies. Sewing is something we love to do, so why not put our skills to good use for the community during a time of need? We certainly appreciate everyone working to keep our county and country functioning!
Tips for sewing! 1. A new needle helps and you may need a 90/14 to get through all the layers of the pleats. 2. You may need to use a stiletto or the tip of your seam ripper or your scissors to help push the fabric under the pressure foot. This fabric is stickier that the quilting cotton we are used to. And a “normal” pressure foot, a flat wide one, might help and be easier than our trusty 1/4” foot. 3. You may want to make one mask fully, and then chain piece the next ones. 4. It can be tricky to gets the pleats even. You can make a tick mark along the edges every 1” down from the top and then use these marks to make the pleats. Bring 2 up to 1, 4 up to 3 and 6 up to 5. Clip in place and measure to see if it is 3.75”. We found it easier to use a template of some sort for measuring. Mark your ruler with masking tape at the 3.75” line, or corner pin markers on your ironing board. Adjust the pleats to the measurement. You can also stick a piece of tape over the pleats to hold them in place. Put all your sewing skills to use! 5. Your pleats are quite thick so sew slowly. You may want your walking foot for this part (or for all of it!)
6. This batch of ribbon seems to be fraying so please do a small overhand knot on the ends.
Here is an excellent article, by a scientist, on making your own face masks! They don’t prevent the passage of the virus but they have a role to play. It is a long article but well worth a read. Yesterday, there were lots of patterns and tutorials being circulated. By now, I hope everyone is staying inside their homes, the primary way to stop the spread, but making masks will give us another way to help out with this crisis. Batiks generally have a high thread count so would work well. Maybe flannel on the layer next to the face. If you don’t have thin or round elastic, you can make ties or even use shoelaces for ties. It wasn’t that long ago that masks were all tied on. Here are some links. https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask
From Diane Luke… Her style was like the one Stephanie had….worked really well…..but she is going to try it a little wider…..7″”x9″ to get more coverage….. we found that tying the elastic at the back might work better for some people than the elastic looped behind the ears….to use it looped it has to be exactly the right length.
From Nancy Racz…..I did one similar to Jenny Doan but quicker. I did use flannel on the inside and it is nice. The cheaper flannalette stretches the thicker one worked great All mine have batik on the outside. If you use ribbon don’t use silky it slides down you hair. Twill tape might work. Thin elastic works great 1/8”, but keep in mind it could contain latex which might be problematic to some.
Hi everyone. Hope you are all making the best of our extra time at home! There are lots of new sew alongs running on quilters’ blogs and Instagram feeds! Maybe now is the time to join Instagram! It is a more positive place than Facebook these days! And remember that you can learn how to do just about anything by asking Google “How do I ____________?”
Did you know that it is International Quilting Weekend! Here is a link for watching free segments of The Quilting Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. They have some awesome teachers featured. Click here to get started.
And Creativebug has 50 free classes that you can take yourself or maybe with your kids or grandkids without having to register your credit card. Have fun learning!!!
With the closure of all Norfolk County buildings, our Slow Stitching on Monday night is cancelled. It is impossible to say how things will be for our April and May meetings. Please stay home and sew!
Terry Sonnenberg’s trunk show on Colour and Texture was very, very interesting. Through a combination of her quilts, sometimes with a side by side quilt comparison, and her photos from the Birmingham Quilt Festival 2019, I’m sure every single person had something to think about trying. Several quilts illustrated the need for variety and interest in the blocks and the backgrounds! And Terry said “the quilt tells you what it needs!”
Terry introduced many of us to the Pantone’s standardized colour matching system. They are the colour experts of the whole world, representing colours in textiles and clothing, advertising and design. Here is a link to their Colour of the Year, a lovely Classic Blue! Anyone interested in a Challenge using Classic Blue?
Kaffe Fassett has been known for his bold use of colours for over 40 years, first in knitting and needlepoint and then quilting fabric. Have some fun looking at his webpage here!
Here is a great article on digital printing and how it is transforming the quilting. Learn about Jason Yenter’s In The Beginning here.