I didn’t sleep last night so of course I slept late this morning … and by this morning I mean Tuesday… and now I’ll probably be up all night again. I did go up to quilt after Keith and Finn went to bed and got this UFO from 2017 quilted. Pantograph is Blowing Leaves and it’s made from the Boxed Squares pattern found on my website.
I don’t usually do borders on these but I used a kit I’d bought on sale and rather making the pattern in the kit, I made the boxed squares and since there was border fabric, I used it. It will probably be given to a family member or I’ll donate it. I’m not sure right now where it will end up.
And speaking of family members … Mom had emailed me tonight about trying to make some of the facemasks using the pattern from Joann.com but was having some problems. I sent her a link to a video that one of my HeartStrings members had shared for one that looked really easy and quick. And since I thought she might have questions, I decided to make one tonight after I finished quilting the boxed squares so I could help her if needed.
The guy is Czech and the instructions are not in English although if you look through the comments you can find some information. He said the square is 20cm but that’s too small so I looked up another pattern and they used a 9 x 12 rectangle so I started with that. He said to cut the ties about 90cm which is about 35.4 inches and I cut mine 1.5 inches wide. (Someone commented on my HeartStrings group that the 20cm must be the size of the square folded rather than 20cm cut which sounds about right.)
If you are going to make these with ties, I suggest you click on the link above and watch his video because he makes it look pretty easy. I’ve seen other more complicated instructions….and sometimes you just have to make one or two to figure it out!
I have mixed feelings about quilters making these since I think a lot of people are going to misunderstand that these masks are not going to protect you from the corona virus. I’ve read in some circumstances healthcare providers can wear them over an approved mask that they are having to reuse to keep it clean or in some cases when no mask is available but again, it will not protect against the virus. Mom commented that a physician in their area had suggested on TV that susceptible people wear a homemade mask if they went out but the only guidelines I’ve read for wearing a mask is if you are sick and then you should not be going out unless you need medical care and a mask could be worn by the ill person until they are able to be isolated to help decrease the chance that they’d infect someone else. I’m certainly not going to discourage anyone from making masks if they choose to, I just hope it doesn’t give people a false sense of security.