Sunday, December 26, 2021

Ongoing Covid Pandemic. Sheesh.

While looking up a recipe on my blog I realized I stopped blogging in April 2020, after covid 19 spread like wild fire shutting down not only Canada but the entire world.  

Prior to March 23, 2020 I had never made a face mask.  Today, December 26, 2021 I have sewn over 2,000 of them, most were donated, others sold to recoup supply costs and meet an ongoing demand for good fitting masks especially for children. The design favourite is 3D cotton face masks with silicone adjustment buckles and ponytail beads on elastic ear loops. There are tons of free you tube tutorials, this is the one I used.  I modified the pattern to have side casings.

Wrapping the ponytail beads behind the head creates an ear saver mask, that stays in place.  This is a better fit for little kids and folks who wear glasses. 
Bubble bees, owls, humming birds, dragon flies and lady bugs.
In June 2021, my second Pfizer shot.  Look at the size of the needle.  I was so very brave. On December 23rd I got the third booster with a grape sucker.  There was a big basket of them, I think they were for the kids but the pharmacist said anyone could have one.  
I was praying and hoping that we would not need to continue wearing face masks and social distancing since vaccinations were effective.  Sadly with covid variants, folks against vaccinations and health restrictions the pandemic continues.  These days I am not making as many masks, in Canada recent mask recommendations are for KN95 masks or medical disposable masks.  
I do not make new year's resolutions but do set goals.  In 2022, it is my intention to get back to sewing quilts, cell phone bags, hair towels, pj pants, bucket sun hats and anything else that tickles my fancy.  Also in 2022, I'm going to try really hard not to buy anymore fabric or thread for the entire year.  Another goal is to blog more often to catch up on events missed in 2021 and current activities. 

RIP Lily May 13, 2006 to August 31, 2020

We were truly blessed to have her companionship, devotion and love for 14 years.

Lily with her birth mom.

She was eight weeks old when we adopted her.
Lily pouting after her bath and haircut.
She was my best friend.

French Tourtière Meat Pie

This is the recipe I followed. Instead of using cinnamon I put in about 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh ginger.  This meat pie is lean ground beef only as I did not have any ground pork.

After dog walk snack.
Bonne appétit!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Cloth face masks - covid 19 sucks!

On the plane flying from Toronto to Winnipeg March 24, 2020.
Yes I'm still out here. I'm behind in blog posts and staying home to help flatten the curve.  While staying home, quilt making is on the back burner for mask making is the priority.
These were made while I was in Ontario visiting my daughter and family.  The purple striped one is 100% polyester (upholstery fabric) outside and 100% cotton (old white sheet) inside.  The blue one is recycled denim jeans with the same white cotton inside.  These were the fabrics available at Shannon's home.
There are hundreds if not thousands of free patterns and tutorials available.  In the past three weeks, I have made over 30 masks.

 Things I have learned:
  •  fit is important
  • comfort is important
  • elastic is in short supply
  • nose wires are easier to sew a casing around using a zipper foot
  • masks that are well fitted over the nose do not fog up glasses
  • filter pockets are desirable but not essential
  • masks should be stylish and fun as well as functional
  • for quilters mask making is an excellent scrap buster
  • using a serger 1.25" strips by width of fabric make the best cotton ties 
  • my preference of mask has a long single cotton tie with casing on the sides
Manikin head purchased at local Dollarama for $4.00 CAD.  Sadly the ears are too flat to be functional.
 Fitted mask with casing on the sides. 
Pleated masks with elastic and cotton ties. The elastic on these 3 masks was 3/8" thick and they would not stay in place around the ears, ended up replacing with 1/4" flat braided elastic.
The filter pocket is 100% polyester moisture wick away fabric used in sportswear and for cloth diaper liners.  It is very soft and does not fray but it is a pain to sew because it is slippery.
Followed a tutorial to make this mask using two 2.5" wide strips for the ties.  With side pleats, very thick ties on the top and bottom it is not comfortable.
To all my dear readers, please stay home, safe and well. To all essential workers thank you.
God Bless you all!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Exploding Blocks quilt - great scrapbuster.

My goal for 2020, not resolution is to complete my UFOs (unfinished objects) before starting new projects.  Finished this Exploding Block quilt  made with 100% cotton scraps from other projects. Started each block with a 2.5" square some are a 2.5" four patch. Then I added borders and cut the blocks wonky. The ribbons are for fondling. Free motion quilted with sunbursts, feathers in the sashing, butterflies, and loop de loops in the borders then framed with Susie's Magic Binding.
 Scrap busting is fun. 
On the design wall.

 Fabric auditions for sashing.
Light blue sashing.
The outside sashing has posts.
Ok top is complete.
I do not mark the free motion feathers.  I did draw a circle with a Crayola washable marker in the middle of the sunburst.
This quilt was started in spring 2019 and completed January 2020.  Approximately 20 hours of free motion quilting.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Princess bed curtains for Anastasia's fifth birthday.

My oldest granddaughter Anastasia turned five in October, with her mom's fabulous help we made curtains for her.
 First we chose the drapery fabric from my stash.
Since I live in Manitoba and Shannon lives in Ontario I packed the fabric in my suitcase to assemble at her house.
We made a trip to a fabric store to get the purple fabric for the ruffle and top banner as well as Michael's craft for the purple ribbon.
Shannon did the ruffle gathering and pinning.
The ribbons are attached with Babyville snaps easy to put up and take down. Also, if they kids are pulling on them they unsnap.
Shannon made the curtain tie backs.  They are attached to the bed posts with snaps and velcro closures around the curtains.
 Shannon added LED lights around the top.
  Anastasia loves her new princess bed curtains.