Hello, never in a million years did I ever think I would be explaining a pattern for a face mask to help combat a virus for a world wide pandemic. These are trying times we live in, but by keeping busy and social isolating we can do our part.
I am posting this tutorial because I think we are all trying our best to combat this terrible virus affecting everyone in society and we have a genuine wish to help. To date I have made 33 of these masks.
This mask does not replace the N95 mask.
There are conflicting reports out there about mask wearing.
We were told as a community not to buy masks to prevent a shortage for medical professionals.
What we do know is there are medical professionals in our community that are now asking for people to send them hand sewn masks.
Please see drop off and contact info for masks at the bottom of this post
As it relates to mask wearing as a whole community, I found this article: "It’s really a perfectly good public health intervention that’s not used,” argues KK Cheng, a public health expert at the University of Birmingham. “It’s not to protect yourself. It’s to protect people against the droplets coming out of your respiratory tract.”
About this mask :
Step 6- Turn your fabric to the right side.
Step 7-Top stitch close 1/8” to fold and seam line through one layer of fabric- see in photo below.
Please Note: if you wish to add straps you would extend the trim piece to 36 " centre it on the sides and top stitch without elastic. See photo below:
Not exactly a fashion statement and not at all pretty, but neither is this virus!
There is a need out there. Please contact local health authorities in your area to find out where masks are needed.
For KW area:
Completed masks can be delivered to either of these locations:
a) Community Living Cambridge, 160 Hespeler Road, Cambridge. The office is open from 8:30-4:30, however the doors are locked. Ring the doorbell and someone will answer the door.
b) Cindy’s daughter’s home (where Cindy is currently living). They can be dropped off in her mailbox. The address is #1 – 230 Blair Road, Cambridge. Cindy is also willing to pick them up from your home. Please contact her at 519-498-4292 or email her at email@example.com.
Completed masks can be delivered to any of the following locations:
Elmira- Karen Marche
9 Weigel Ave., Elmira
Call 519-669-1039 before dropping off please
487 Northlake Dr., Waterloo - Leave on the front porch
258 Manchester Rd, Kitchener
If you need child sized measurements please download the written tutorial here.
Many thanks to anyone is is willing and able to help!
Hope you are making the absolute best of your social isolation, take care and stay well!
This week at www.quiltsocial.com I will be the guest blogger (March 9-13) and discussing how to make a "Spring Blossoms for Mom" lap quilt. Follow along all week as I describe how to do an easy strip pieced quilt with sweet tulip appliques in a modern setting for a fresh approach to a lap quilt. I will be featuring HeatnBond Iron On Adhesive and Gutermann Invisible Nylon thread, SpraynBond By Heatnbond Quilt Basting Spray and so much more. This quilt is an original design and there is a free pattern download. If you make this quilt you will have a quilt ready for Mothers Day or a gift for any of the beautiful ladies in your life.
Follow along and enjoy!
Have a great Monday!
Yay March is here and we know spring is on the way!
I have lots of Quilting Classes coming up for March and more for the spring.
March 5- Halton Quilters Guild (Burlington, ON)- Trunk Show
March 12- London Friendship Guild- Trunk Show
March 13- London Friendship Guild- Teaching "Moon Glow"
March 21- Quilting in Muskoka, (Bracebridge)- Teaching- Ruler Work for Domestic Machine Quilting ( to be rescheduled due to pandemic TBA)
March 26- Country Concessions (Cookstown)-Teaching Ruler Work for Domestic Machine Quilting ( to be rescheduled due to pandemic TBA)
Need more info about classes or trunk shows? Please look at my Teaching page or Contact me for more information.
Enjoy a healthy and happy March!
Happy New Year, I hope everyone has had a healthy and happy New Year so far and that you enjoy all the best health, happiness and inspired sewing for 2020!
I just wanted to let you know about some upcoming classes at some fantastic quilt shops. I plan on reminding my readers of upcoming classes every 2 months so that you know where I am teaching.
If you are interested in the classes for January and February, please contact the store listed below (there are links to websites so that you can contact them directly.
Jan 18, - Hummingbird Sewing (Barrie) Teaching, Rulerwork for Domestic Machine Quilting
Feb 22- Hummingbird Sewing (Barrie)Teaching, Free Motion Quilting
Feb 28- Country Concessions (Cookstown)- Teaching, Rulerwork for Domestic Machine Quilting
Feb 29- Stitch it Central (London ON)- Teaching, Free Motion Quilting
Some pics of what we will work on:
Be well and inspired in 2020 and all the best to you!
I sincerely hope all my quilting and sewing friends enjoy a restful, healthy and happy Christmas holiday.
Have a great time with family and/or friends this season.
It's that time of the year again when I am finally finished with classes, long arm quilting, trunk shows and writing to attempt some of my own Christmas preparations.
By no means am I complaining the "quilting" world has been excellent to me in 2019. Thanks to all who have booked me to teach or do trunk shows and to those with whom I have had the privilege to quilt their quilts. Also, Thanks to QUILTsocial who has hired me to write their blog posts x 4 weeks this year. I say it all the time, I love my job and it does not feel like a job.
I just wanted to share what I have been up to for fun this time. It is not all quilting related but it is definitely crafty/cooking/quilting prep for the Christmas season. See my photos below:
I made the above wreath out of loop it yarn and $store brush trees, so easy! 5 minutes to make seriously, maybe I will post a tutorial later???
We made some gingerbread houses for upcoming Christmas decor and just for fun. Can you tell by the look on my crazy husbands face and the smile on mine that this was an absolute hoot. Everybody else's gingerbread house stood up tall and mine is so crooked and goofy looking! I'd say it probably matches my personality. But never mind, we had so many laughs.
I have made 3 sets of the above double ended oven mitts for add ons to gifts as I absolutely love mine. The free download for the pattern is available here.
I always joke in my Free Motion Class that practise makes perfect and that students should be giving everyone a pot holder for Christmas so that they can practise their free motion stitches. I was not kidding :) the above is one of mine. Practising meandering/warming up my fingers. For the above pot holder as you can see I just used a 10 x 10 square from a gorgeous Christmas panel that I had.
That's all for now I am sure I will be getting into more crafty trouble before Christmas get's here and will share ideas as time goes on.
Until then, stop and listen to the music, enjoy the season and just breath. 🎄
Hi everyone, I hope you are keeping warm and toasty this weekend with our minus degree weather!
Speaking of warm..... this week at www.quiltsocial.com from Dec 2-6th, I'll be talking about getting ready for holiday gift giving and DIY'ing the gift of warmth in the form of a last minute and super easy Fireside Drunkards Path Lap Quilt.
I have used Banyan Batiks, Jungle Rose Cool fabric for this project from Northcott, I talk about the stuff needed to make it, how to cut it out, easy sewing with 1/4 circles, innovative "appliquilting", super duper fast sandwiching and creative quilt design ideas. Free Pattern Download!!!! Yay
Follow along Dec 2-6th at www.quiltsocial.com and give this quilt a try. The fabric is so pretty !
Let the unboxing begin!
I just received gorgeous fabric from Northcott and the Heatnbond, Gutermann and Fairfield notions (shown below) to help with an exciting original design that I will be discussing on QUILTsocial the week of Dec 2-6th.
My design is completed and I am hoping y'all will mark your calendars to see what I have come up with.
A few small clues: it's fast, easy, quilted, visually dynamic and you can make it just in time for Christmas!
To see the project check out www.quiltsocial.com on Dec 2, 2019.
Until then, Happy Sewing!
Recently, at one of my quilters guild meetings a member and friend asked: "What are you up to these days?" " I see your posts about QUILTsocial.com but what about you?"
So here you have it, a photo montage of the happenings in my studio, always lots going on.
Lot's of work but I feel that I have the best job ever!
Recent Longarm Quilting:
Recent Quilted Sample for Classes for 2019/2020
Recent Personal Quilting Project:
Very Recent "Guided Workshop" with Friends Fabulous Fusible Fun!
I will post pictures of the finished quilts once I get my hands on them!
Oh and did I mention I am teaching almost every weekend (especially in November).
Need a teacher or trunk show artist?
Check out my teaching schedule here to book and contact to email me.
Never a dull, boring or uninspired moment.
Always creating, yes I am unapologetically obsessed.
Happy Wednesday! 😊
Monday to Friday this week I am blogging all about Bosal In-R-Form, a fantastic foam stabilizer for bags.
Today, I started the DATE NIGHT CLUTCH and seriously it's easy, there are lots of small steps to make it ( but they are baby steps). Also, learn to add a professional, discreet zippered pocket, use D rings and a lobster claw to add and/or remove straps.
So join me here to see what it's all about and make yourself this cute clutch. You deserve it!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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