This and that

I was back to work today … the framed 16 patch quilt is half way assembled. I set it aside to make some more masks but I’ll try to get it finished up tomorrow. Adam is coming tomorrow evening for a visit and Chris and Becky are coming Sunday. Caleb doesn’t like wearing masks so I decided I’d try to make it more fun, Becky heard a rumor that I’d made a mask for Keith using elastic and wanted to try one she didn’t have to tie, and Chris had found some Smokey the Bear fabric and wanted a couple masks. All done. I decided to use the elastic for Caleb’s too so I added that after I snapped the photo.

I went searching for a pattern using the elastic and found some with the pleated masks but the one I liked best allowed me to use my templates that my sister and her friend developed and the elastic goes around the head not around the ears. I used 22 inches of 1/4 inch “rope” elastic for Becky’s and 20 inches for Caleb’s. I threaded it through the casings, overlapped it 1/2 inch and sewed the ends together. That join can be hidden in the casing on the side of the mask

I got a photo today of our bench being installed at the cemetery. He told me that they’ll do the landscaping around it once it’s not quite so hot – some small bushes and grass. We both love it! Knowing we were going to be cremated, I always expected to be in a drawer somewhere … the bench is way cooler … and I can see my Dad’s grave from it. Not something I could do if I was in a different part of the cemetery. I’m so happy they were willing to work with me to find a spot near Dad.

And finally, another recipe to share. I found this Instant Pot Greek Nacho recipe a couple months ago and have served it several times. It’s one of Keith’s favorites. We had it again for dinner and he loved it.

5 thoughts on “This and that

  1. That is a very nice bench Mary! I took my young granddaughter to the cemetery one time and she asked me why I was looking at so many other graves that were in the same vicinity of my dad’s grave. I told her they were all different family members and she was so fascinated by that. That family made arrangements to be buried by each other. She had never been to a cemetary before so she had no idea that’s how a lot of people like to do it. It may be morbid to some i guess, but that was a great way to share some family history with her. My apologies for such a long post but, I really like the design of the masks you make. Do they by chance sell that pattern? Have a beautiful day Mary ❤

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  2. Your bench is a wonderful idea. Our plots are in a little rural cemetery where my husband’s parents and grandparents are buried, along with tons of aunts, uncles and cousins. I do like that idea of the bench. HMMM – you’ve given me food for thought.

    I mailed 7 masks to Minneapolis yesterday for family members. And a friend picked up 10 of them yesterday for her kids. And I have 10 more cut out and ready to sew for 3 of my grandkids for school. We got on a video call last night and Jonah specifically asked if he could have one with KC Chiefs on one side and plain grey on the other. Luckily I already have 2 like that ready to sew. I showed Olivia her fabrics and she approved too. And my daughter asked if I had enough of the bicycle print to make her another one. I do, so I’ll get that one made for her as well. I can deliver them all next Saturday as I’m driving there to spend the day.

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  3. Your bench is very nice and I really like that idea. Your masks are cute and I like that design. I am hoping I don’t have to make any more though. I am currently working on a teddy bear rag quilt for our great granddaughter’s 1st birthday tomorrow. I have to embroider the mouth on and I don’t do embroidery so I am a little nervous about that. Thank goodness for You Tube!!

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  4. How did I not know about Smokey the Bear fabric! My mom & dad wanted a bench for their plot, but my sister won’t give up the ashes. Maybe when she is ready we will install a bench. Their plot has a nice view of a duck pond.

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