We Made Masks

Honestly, I didn’t want to, but we did.

Here’s my quick soap box… I don’t feel like in a country like ours there should be a shortage of any health care PPE. Not in this day and age. Hospitals should not have to worry about getting PPE to protect our healthcare workers. We live in a land of plenty. A land of mass wealth, but we can’t supply our own people with protective gear to us safe from disease. Most of us in the US are very lucky and blessed to be in the situation we are on a typical day in the United States of America. But today we aren’t. States are not getting the supplies they need as a UNITED country. We are being led by a group of people that don’t believe in science and don’t see the need for PPE or clean air, etc. This is why I didn’t want to make masks. It makes me angry.

But here’s the flip side to why I didn’t wallow in my anger and protest the making of masks.

And yes, I’m stubborn and have been known to protest things!  Some funny things, some very personal and political things. Here’s a funny story. Back in the day there was a local drug store in New Orleans that was bought out by another store that didn’t sell Coca Cola products, only Pepsi products. I never went to that store again while I lived in New Orleans. Ha!

Ok, back to why I did make the masks.

Two reasons.

The first is that I’m lucky enough to still have a job, to be home and safe with my kiddo, husband and dog, and I have a stash of fabric and elastic. And the biggest thing is I have the skill and machines to make masks. Not everyone has these things. And I know that and I can’t take that for granted during these times.

The second reason comes from my job. I spend a lot of time in hospitals as an architect. I design rooms around codes that deal with the safety of workers and patients. Where does the PPE go, where do they put on the PPE, where are the hand wash sinks in relation to all the movements of the healthcare workers. And where are the trash cans for all the PPE to go. I see all the one time use, non recyclable products that we use in this country for PPE to protect ourselves. And it’s really depressing to me to see all these one time use products. Not that my masks are going to take the place of the disposable PPE in the hospitals, but my hope is that maybe this mass movement of sew-ers and quilters making masks, just maybe, there could be a shift in thinking from disposable to reusable. It’s hope that kept me moving as I made 47 masks last weekend.

OK, that’s my soap box.

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And these are my masks. I had a small list of friends and family that I wanted to make them for, but as I was cutting, I kept cutting. I didn’t keep count and had no idea how many I was actually making! There are probably a million tutorials out there. Between working 50 hours a week and trying to homeschool the kiddo I didn’t have the bandwidth to do a lot of research. I’ve always liked Dana’s tutorials from Made Everyday, so I just went with her tutorial that you can find here.

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A couple of things I do like about her tutorial is that that fit over the N95 masks if anyone can ever get those again and it has a pocket to put a filter in.

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I added a step from her tutorial. On the bottom of the front and back of each masks I did sew a 1/4″ hem so that when they get washed they won’t fray.

There has been a lot of discussion debating ties or elastic. I went with elastic. If I tried to tie a bow behind my head every time I wanted to put this on, I would never wear one. I’d tie my hair in knots and curse and complain every time! And the thought of constantly tying my sons mask to his head did not interest me in the least. So elastic it was for our family! And therefore, our family and friends, ha!

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There four different sizes in the tutorial. I made the kids and adults.

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And we ended up with 47 masks. Most all of them have found homes. I feel like I may have to make another small batch before I’m done with masks.

Last night at our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild one of our members did a very through presentation of the pros and cons and in and outs of making masks. You can find here presentation here. There’s a ton of information collected to help you make the best decision on which masks are right for you. Be sure to check it out!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Quilted Thanksgiving Placemats

Typically, I would post these before Thanksgiving to inspire readers to make some too… But I was up until 2am the night before Thanksgiving finishing these and rotating the tubs of cold water to thaw out my turkey that I forgot to thaw BEFORE the big turkey day….

My goal was to finish 5 because it’s how many people were having dinner at our house! I will finish the set. But not until next year! I pulled a stash of fabric for these placemats in fall colors. So the placemats (yes, if you go to flickr, I named all my photos Thanksgiving Napkins… Do not get confused. These are actually placemats… ha!) are not all the same, but they are all the same fabrics, so they coordinate!

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I took a picture of the table before we set the table and before the food came out. And check out my Gee’s Bend hot pads up there in the corner! Love those too!

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A little confession… I have an addiction… To quilting and cross stitch magazines! I don’t design my own cross stitch patterns, but I do design my own quilts. So it’s weird that I love quilting magazines, right? Because I’m probably never going to make the quilts in them. They always have fun small projects in them, and they are super inspiring! So for this I went through my magazines and found some quilt blocks that I wanted to turn into placemats. This one is my favorite of the five!

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For this placement I used a block from the Retro Playlist BOM from Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. (Issue 31, block by Lynne Goldsworthy) I love this paper pieced block, even though it had Y seams! I’ve never seen a paper pieced pattern with Y seams. But they came together perfectly!

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I just love it!!! My placemats are 12×18 inches. So this block was a little too large, so I cut off the bottom and I think it works!

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My second favorite is this HST pattern! This is another one from Love Patchwork and Quilting. (Issue 78) This design is called Smoke and Shimmer and designed by Karen Lewis. This placemat is actually 13×18. I thought I had scaled the blocks small enough to hit the 12×18 size, but I didn’t! And then I could bring myself to cut that extra inch off.

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For this one I used my friend Debbie’s tutorial to make Big Batch HST’s. I went with the 9″ blocks and just trimmed more off the edges to end up with a 2 1/2″ HST, which ended up 2″ finished. My doing it this way, I only had to do one set for three sides. With that I had a couple of leftovers for each color. These came in handy when I decided to continue the brown side further out. 

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Check out my NOT straight line quilting! I’m trying to branch out a little from my overall straight lines! There was no marking. I just eyeballed it and kept on quilting with my walking foot. A lot of turning back and forth, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

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Another chance to see that quilting! ha!

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Moving on to placemat #3! This one is based off the blocks I designed for one of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee quilts. I use the term designed loosely, as it’s basically a log cabin block, but with uneven sides. You can get the tutorial here.

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Number 4. Another A Quilter’s Table tutorial from my friend Debbie! For this one I used her Cross Cut Blocks tutorial. Technically, I didn’t actually go to her blog to use the tutorial, because I’ve participated in a couple of these quilts and kinda have it down! I did one for one of our Nurture Circle quilts and it seems like I’ve made more…

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This process includes making cross blocks, sewing them together and then cutting them in pieces and sewing the pieces back together! Sounds kinda silly, but it’s so fun!

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And last, but not least! Some maple leaves. Typically, maple leaves aren’t really my thing. (sorry, my Canadian friends!) But colorful leaves just scream fall and Thanksgiving to me, so I had to make some. For thsi one I didn’t follow a pattern. I googled maple leaf quilt block and a bunch of different versions of this block came up. I liked this one the best, so I just eyeballed it from the pictures online.

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For each one, I just made the HST a little bit smaller and a little bit smaller! For not being a big fan of maple leaf blocks, I’m pretty excited about how these turned out.

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For the back I did some stash busting! Actually this whole project was a stash buster. But the back used more stash that had been sitting on my shelves for years (literally).

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Remember how I mentioned (way back… this is a super long post!) that I stayed up to 2 am the night before Thanksgiving. Well, that didn’t leave much time for putting on the binding. I could have machine bound them, but I do like a hand stitched binding. So for thanksgiving, I glued the binding to the back. Now I’m going back in and hand stitching. I’ll finish that part sometime between now and next Thanksgiving! ha!

Do you ever make your own placemats? My last years new years resolution was to do one Christmas and one Halloween placemat a month. Did that happen… Um, no. Am I going to try again this year? You bet! I’ll let you know how it goes!

And now I’m moving on to CHRISTMAS! Yea!

Haley’s Seahorse- A Kid Designed, Momma Made Project

One thing I love to do, besides quilting, is make stuffies from kid’s drawings. One of my best friends daughters loves seahorses, so when we found out we’d be in town for her birthday, I knew I wanted to make her something. And she just happened to have a drawing she had made of a seahorse!

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So I made a stuffie!

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This one was a little easier than some of the others I’ve made, but still fun. I just happened to have the seahorse fabric is my stash. And, I also just happened to have the fleece that matched the seahorse fabric. (Is that a sign that I may have too much in my stash?

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I really wanted to get the eyes right and the baby. I don’t understand the eyes really, but she drew them that way for a reason. Even her parents commented that I had done the eyes right. So the shape meant something to her.

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It’s a rough life for baby seahorses out there. As cute as this one was, it had a rough life and didn’t last long in this world. Unfortunately, she disappeared within a couple of days. In hindsight, I should have attached the baby with a ribbon or something. Lessons learned!

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When I gave Haley the present, I included the picture of it that she had drawn in the bag. The first thing she pulled out was this bad computer print of her drawing. She was kinda confused as to why I was giving her her drawing for her birthday. She realized there was more in the bag,  and I wish I had a picture of her face when she pulled this guy out of the bag. Her eyes were huge, her mouth fell open and she exclaimed, This is my drawing! that made it all worth it!

 

You’re Cool, Valentine! Printable Penguin Valentine Tags

Who loves penguins??? We do! Who loves stuffies? We do!

I like to make class Valentines about something the kiddo is excited about and not just about candy! Once we did Astro-Ordinary crayons. And another year we did Legos.  We also did Pokémon Valentines, but I lost the pictures of those… I need to find them… Anyway… Back to the penguins!

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We didn’t want to do a penguin with a heart sewn on it or glued on it. And we wanted him standing up, so we finally narrowed it down to a Christmas penguin.

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We ordered these little guys online. But of course, their scarfs would not do for Valentine’s Day. Nope! So we took them off. They were sewn on, but only with one stitch or so. Easy to get off. We used the Christmas scarf as our template for the red Valentine’s Day scarfs.

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And I designed the tags. You’ve probably seen my Quilt Design a Day ‘sketches’. To make those I use an app called Assembly, so I thought it would be fun to try to design the Valentine tag in the app as well. And we loved the way it turned out!

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Then came the assembly line. We actually added a tiny ribbon to the tag, slipped the scarf through it and then double knotted the scarf on the penguins!

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Soon enough we had a ton of Valentine’s Day gifts for the whole class and some special others.

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You can download the penguin Valentine tags for yourself here. I have two sizes. First I made the 3″ tags (9 to a page) and then realized it was just too big. So then I made a 2″ tag (12 to a page) and they were just right!

Download the 3″ Penguin Valentine’s Day Tags here.

Download the 2″ Penguin Valentine’s Day Tags here.

These are for personal use only! Thank you!

 

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Have you decided on your Valentine’s for this year?

Smash! It’s the Incredible Hulk!

Rrrrrr…. Smash… Hulk Smash…

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In case you are still wondering why I made purple fleece shorts… It was the first step in the Incredible Hulk costume the kiddo was wanting!

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I knew I was going to make a hulk costume, but I originally just started out with the idea of making green pj’s and the purple shorts. Remember? The kiddo needs pj’s. Then last weekend I was at a fifth birthday party and was talking about it to this other mother about Halloween costumes. When I told her we were thinking the Hulk, she asked how I was going to do the muscles. I was like, ‘nah… I’m not doing muscles!’ And explained the whole need for new pj’s thing to her. Then she gave me this disgusted look, like, ‘You’re not doing muscles?’ I don’t even know this woman, but, oh yeah, the challenge is ON.

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The challenge is on and I’m making muscles, but I’m also stubborn and I’m sticking to my PJ’s plan! I started the whole costume using the Alex and Anna Winter PJ’s pattern (affiliate link) from Peek a Boo Patterns (affiliate link). Super easy pattern! Without muscles you could put this together in a flash! (Ha! I used the same pattern for our flash costume! Get it! I crack myself up!)

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You want to know how I’m going to do muscles, lady??? I’ll show you exactly how I’m going to do muscles!

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I started with one of the kiddos Spider Man costume full of muscles and traced/enlarged the muscles. Easy! The original costume was a size 3ish and I needed to enlarge the muscles to about a 5ish. You can print my patterns here.

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Next I cut them out. On the fold. You’ll need 2 of the 6 pack abs and 4 of the shoulder muscles.

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Start sewing! I put a straight stitch along the bottom line of the mucsles. Then I did my edge stitch (technically a stretch stitch) around the edge, leaving a hole in the top for stuffing. I’m only showing the shoulder, but I did the saem tthing for the abs.

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Stuff!

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Now I don’t know what this tool is technically called, but I call it a roller marker. I rolled it over the muscle shapes on the sleeves (and abs) to know where to sew.

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Now it’s hard to see this, but I followed up my roller markings with an erasable pen.

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Then pin in the mucles and align with the edge of the sleves and chest.

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Sew the muscle shapes. (yes, I forgot to take a picture of the muscles before I put it all together.) And then put the pieces all together following the pattern (affiliate link) directions!

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Not long ago I found this Hulk mask for a super steal and knowing how much the kiddo likes super heros, I grabbed it even though he’s never said all that much about the Hulk. But as soon as he got it, he told us he needed the costume to go with it! It’s actually kinda creepy, because the eyes are clear and light up, so you totally see his eyes, but with the face of the Hulk!

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Hulk Smash! The costume has already been well loved! We’re still a little on the edge of our seats waiting to see if The Flash or the Hulk visit us on Halloween!

Are you making costumes this year?

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The Steel Quilt Company- A Giveaway!!

Yea!!! It’s a giveaway!!! Did you read about The Steel Quilt Company yesterday??

Well, Today it’s a giveaway! Yes, I already have one, but I really love this one too! Straight from Fort Payne, AL to you and you don’t even have to leave your home. Although, I do highly recommend a trip to AL!

Nathan graciously agreed to make one of my readers a VERY HAPPY STEEL QUILT OWNER! And it could be you!!

And if you didn’t read about them yesterday, be sure to check it out!

 

Ready to WIN? You have FIVE ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1) Leave a comment below telling us why you love it so! Leave one comment. (one entry)

2) Become a fan of The Steel Quilt Company on Facebook. Leave one comment. (one entry)

3) Become a fan of Feelin’ Crafty on Facebook. Leave one comment. (one entry)

4) Subscribe to Feelin’ Crafty.  Leave one comment. (one entry)

5) Share the Giveaway on your blog/FB/tweet. Leave one comment. (one entry)

 

That’s 5 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. The giveaway will close on Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. PST. and I’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

 

This giveaway is for US address only, sorry.

 

This giveaway is a part of Sew Mama Sew’s 2012 Spring Giveaway Day!

An Artful Trip Through Alabama!

Steel Quilt Company Giveaway is here!

We’ve been back from vacation for a little while now, but I’m finally getting to that part of my story! I’ve been excited to share some of our adventures in my Sweet Home Alabama. And a couple of giveaways (Stay Tuned!)….

A little history, if you’d like… My family (parents, grandparents, etc) is from Alabama, but I was born in Texas and then we moved to Bama on my tenth birthday. It was not an easy adjustment for me! And I have to admit, I never fully appreciated Bama until I left. I guess that’s partly being a teen-ager and partly that whole saying, ‘The grass is always greener on the other side….’ But once I left home, I knew I had something great back home! And honestly, it’s only been over the last 6 or 7 years that I’ve come to find how much amazing art comes from my home state!

And just in case you don’t know about some of it, I’m going to share it with ya over the next week or two! I hope you enjoy this little journey as well!

Ready??? Here we go!

We flew home, grabbed a bite to eat with my mom, drove to my dad’s house, spent the night and then we were off for a family adventure to the NE corner of Alabama. Where I went to summer camp as a kid! Mentone, AL! While in this area we took in a few caves and waterfalls, which were all beautiful! And so fun. Our first stop was Little River Falls in the Little River Canyon. Our first place to take our shoes off and put our feet in the water and sit in the sun!!! Which was very much needed after a Pacific NW winter!

Warning::: You might want to stop and put on some sunglasses, our white, white legs are a bit blinding!

My husband and I love old buildings. So while we were driving around, from falls to caves, we found this cool old factory building only to find out that it was an antique and art gallery. So of course we jumped out to see what was inside! The first thing I saw when I walked in was this really cool quilt pattern art made of metal and wood.  I loved it! But left it there.

We got back in the car and I googled the artist, The Steel Quilt Company. My husband was driving around the building and while I was trying to find out more about this artist, I happened to look up and saw their sign! Right there in the building! You can google anything,but man, pay attention to what’s going on around, because I would have missed it if I had stayed online!

On our way to Sequoyah Caverns I found some barn quilts! I was sooooo excited! I just learned about the whole barn quilt thing a few months back and they aren’t common in the South at all. So to see one, was very exciting. Even my husband was pulling over and pointing them out. But it was the only barn quilts we saw!

Now barn advertising, on the other hand, that was everywhere!

And Sequoyah caverns… AMAZING! Getting off the interstate and to the caverns was a bit like stepping into a world left behind, but that only added to the adventure. A bunch of rusted out and abandoned buildings and cars, but…..  The caverns were great! The best cave I’ve ever been too. And it was us, the tour guide and some bats. How cool is that???

So that barn quilt by The Steel Quilt Company… Literally, I kept thinking about it. And I kept bringing it up to the family. So the next day when I brought it up AGAIN, it was quickly decided that we’d go back for it. And that’s what we did. We went back and I got myself my favorite one!

Pet Rock Carrier Guest Post

Hey everyone!! I’m guest posting today over at Hugs, Kisses and Snot!

What’s every kid need for the summer?? A Pet Rock Carrier of course! Check me out over at Hugs, Kisses and Snot for the tutorial to make your own carrier!

Overcoming My Fear of Cake Decorating!

I do consider myself a pretty good baker! My red velvet cake gets rave reviews… But not so much the icing or decorating… Until yesterday!

Hopefully my mom is sitting down when she reads this, because she’s going to go into shock! I made my own cream cheese icing yesterday! I bake from scratch, but I’ve always bought my icing… I know, the icing is super easy. I’ve watched my mom and I’ve seen the recipes. easy. But for some reason, after I bake, I’m not ready to make icing, too…

Here’s the thing. My son’s pre-school auction was last night and they have a dessert dash. each table raises money for the desserts and the table with the most money raised gets the first choice. So of course I volunteered to bake a cake. Then the organizer told us that they need to be pretty. I FROZE! Pretty? I can do tasty, but pretty????? AHHHHHH!!!!

(You’ll notice that you don’t really see many pictures of my son’s Dr. Seuss party cake…. And the one that I did show, shows you exactly what I’m talking about…)

So, I had pinned this easy tutorial from Annie’s Eats, and wahla….

I got a cake decorating kit for Christmas and now I’m excited, rather than intimiated, to try it out! I know I’m not Bakerella or anything, but I’m on my way!

Happy Weekend everyone! I’m about to take my sewing machine outside and sew outside today! It’s too beautiful here to sit inside and sew, but I need to get some sewing done…

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Kids Clothes Week Favorites

For some reason this week seems like it’s going slow! Maybe it was the cavities I had filled that kinda stopped me in my tracks. Or maybe I’m just exhausted from KCWC! Whatever it is, I’m doing my Weekend Whims weekly post mid week instead of this weekend… (Maybe it will bring the weekend sooner???)

During KCWC I never looked at the Elsie Marley flickr group, but since it’s over, I’ve gone through and found some amazing pieces! Here are some of my favorites!

1. How beautiful is this dress by spiegelstiksels???

2. Sophie from Cirque du bebe is awesome! I love her creativity! I’m in love with both this call me blazer and lost boys hoodie!

3. I love these cargo shorts by Jane at Buzzmills. I’ve been wanting to try this as well.

4. Love this whole little outfit by Meg at Elsie Marley (yes, the wonderful hostess of this great KCWC), but how cute is the hoodie???

5. The stitching along the bottom edge of this adorable little jean skirt by hootnz is just precious!

6. A few people made these sailboat pants, but my favorites are these white ones by This is Marzipan! I’m going to have to try the pattern myself!

7. There is just something simple, yet fun about these precious shorts by Blue Susan Makes.

8. Have you seen a trend in my favorites??? Hoodies… Yes, I’m a sucker for cute hoodies. This hoodie from Craftstorming, with the ducks, is another favorite