Sunday, April 5, 2020

Mask making


I’m late to the mask making party. A mere 2 weeks ago, authorities (at least locally) were saying how plain cotton masks were of no use in protecting against Covid-19. Now that the theory is “any port in a storm”, I am on a mission to create as many as I can. I rarely use batiks, but since the thread count is so high, I dug out the remnants of the 200 napkins I made for my daughter's wedding. Happy to see these pieces will now be used. I sent the first 3 to my children in Florida. Many of my non quilting friends have asked me for them so I don’t think I will have any problem keeping myself busy! I used every spare shoe lace I had in the house and now I have to actually make the strings – time consuming, but manageable.

To keep from going mask crazy, I have alternated my time with more fun sewing. I finally finished my Bea and Cecile quilt-a-long star quilt. I just felt is was blah without the applique. The bird by itself just wasn’t cutting it either so I added a little vine and spring tulip to the bottom. Now I love it! I am calling it "Distelfink". 
The backing was a glorious piece I bought on the sale (I mean real sale - like $1.00 per yard) table in the gift shop of the New England Quilt Museum. So happy to have found a perfect use for it. The close up is a better representation of the color. 


I’ve been working on my little doll quilt for the Humble Quilts swap too. No photos until we all link up, but I am loving it. Hope I can let it go at the end of the month!

Stay strong and quilt on!

15 comments:

Robin said...

The vine and tulip are the perfect touch. The bird is so pretty, I love the fussy cutting on the head. This turned out really nice. I need to make some masks too. Better get busy. . .

cityquilter grace said...

first, i too have jumped on the mask bandwagon....channeled my inner rosie riveter and doing my bit for the war effort....second, i too have been quilting on my "stars" sew along project...i LOVE what you have done with yours...last, my swap doll quilt top is done, now to baste/quilt/bind and mail! seems we are on the very same wave length....(cue twilight zone theme music)....

Rebecca said...

Love how the vine and flower and the bird finishes off this quilt!!!

Julierose said...

Just a lovely finish on this one;)) I love that backing fabric--glorious colors in there...
~ ~ ~ waving from afar Julierose ;)))

Quilting Babcia said...

Those appliques on your Distelfink stars quilt remind me of rosmaling, something I "sort of" learned to do many years ago painting a doll bed and other doll furniture made by my dear FIL for my daughter's Kirsten doll. Anyway, your appliques add a perfect finishing touch to that sweet quilt. And what luscious backing fabric! Too gorgeous to have passed up.

Karen said...

The applique adds spice to your quilt. I have always been drawn to the distelfink style birds so I think that was a good choice for your quilt.

Lori said...

The appliqued vine looks great! Can you believe I asked a friend to make us some masks for work? I have bits and pieces of time but mostly hand stitching at night after working. I try not to think about the germs I may be bringing home. Thankfully no cases in our county.

Pamela Arbour said...

I've been doing the same for the masks I am making. Taking fabrics that I probably won't use in a quilt. I am finding that they are making very nice masks.

You mentioned the napkins you made. I was wondering how you made them. Just folded the edges over twice and stitch or did you do something special?

Barb said...

Your Star quilt is so wonderful! what does Distelfink mean? is it food related?
The applique added a lot of character. Sweet little bird.
I have made masks too and it is a good reminder that this is serious - so many people don't seem to think so.
Keep Safe my Friend! I look forward to seeing your doll swap quilt.

cspoonquilt said...

I guess as you say "any ship in a storm" for the masks. But it sure is frustrating 'cause there really is no straight answer! Any who, your star quilt is wonderful and the applique really adds! Hope you and yours are all safe and sounds! take care, ce

somethingrosemade14@blogspot.com said...

I, too, have finally joined in the mask-parade now that quilting cotton is acceptable and have been making them for myself, family and friends. I've used up all the 1/4" elastic I had and waiting for a new supply which should arrive next week. I am making mine with batik stash that's been idly sitting on the shelf. As for that backing fabric, don't you love it when something you buy for a bargain is finally used. Stay healthy!

Janet O. said...

Very pretty batik masks!
I thought "Distelfink" looked great without embellishment, but I will admit you have taken it up a notch--and I didn't think that was possible! And what gorgeous backing fabric! Wow!!
I am looking forward to seeing your doll quilt.

Randy D. said...

I actually googled distelfink to learn that it's the name of a goldfinch bird! What a great appliqué--love both the bird and the vine! Your star quilt is looking fantastic! Even love the backing fabric. What great colors!
Your masks are perfect. Love your analogy to boating! Of course.
Glad you were able to send masks to the kids in Florida!
Stay well
xxxx

Cathy said...

For your mask strings cut one inch strips from a t-shirt, give the strings a good tug, they curl up and make the best ties. These ties are soft and comfortable, and very quick to make.

Nancy said...

Your Bea and Cecile star quilt is stunning. The applique is the perfect finish. Did you hand or machine quilt this?