Make Face Masks!

I made my first face masks about 6 weeks ago, when we were preparing to go on our back-to-back cruises. I wasn’t as worried about the ships as I was the airports/airplanes but believe it or not, I haven’t used them. I guess I was chicken to look different.

Mask using no elastic.

I have not said a word about face masks because I have some real concerns about whether anything that I can make at home really helps in mitigating the transmission of disease. I still have my concerns, but I have heard that medical professional are using homemade masks over their N95 respirators to extend their usage.

don’t have elastic, this isa nurse friend of mine asked me to try to make some and I told her I would. My sister-in-law works in a medical facility and I just got a plea from her to make and send some masks. Now the fire it lit!

Note. I do have some elastic that is appropriate for face masks, but not very much and it is IMPOSSIBLE to purchase right now. You CAN use ties and apparently lots of people prefer ties.

Note 2. I am NOT an expert. At anything. And especially at disease prevention.

Here are some links for you.

The first masks I made were from this pattern from The Turban Project. It is basically a 6″ x 9″ rectangle. I did one with folds and one with elastic down the sides. I personally enjoy wearing the elastic side version, but the hubs prefers the folded version. I suggest the folded version due to the elastic shortage. One one I made the straps 8″ long which was too long for me. On the other I tried 6.5″ or 7″ and I like it better, but it is too tight for the hubs. This might be another argument for ties.

Elastic sides and straps, Folds and elastic ear bands.
To be honest, I like the ties.

I found this pattern from Phoebe Health Care. I will admit that I was somewhat overwhelmed by the instructions. As in. . . where the heck am I supposed to buy waterproof fabric??? Here are the instructions which link to the pattern. PHOEBE INSTRUCTIONS I have not personally tried this.

There are patterns available at JoAnn.com but they ALL use elastic ear loops, so if you have elastic, this is a good place to go.

If you don’t have elastic, this pattern from Sweet Red Poppy is a good one. She uses bias tape. Unfortunately I gave away two BAGS of bias tape a couple of months ago. You can make your own bias tape out of fabric, so don’t let that scare you off.

Now. . . with all that said, I made a pattern and instructions to deal with what I have on hand. It is recommended that you use 100% cotton fabric. I washed mine in HOT water to make sure it had fully “shrunk” before I started to ensure that the weave was the tightest possible. I am also using lightweight iron-on fusible interfacing as an extra layer of protection. If you do not have this, I would just use 3-4 layers of cotton fabric

Straight Up Shamrock Block

I am home from my quilting cruise and I have SO much to tell, but today I want to share a FREE pattern for St. Patrick’s Day! With a last name like “Collins” and two Irish Water Spaniels in the house, we love this holiday.

Straight Up Shamrocks is hanging in my front hallway to celebrate.

I wanted to figure out if I could make a shamrock without any curves. I don’t mind curves but lots of people find them intimidating. This is what I came up with and I think it is pretty cute. I quilted it on my Brother Innovis VQ2400 using a Celtic Knot as the inspiration.

I used my Accuquilt 9″ Qube to cut the pieces, but in my instructions it gives you dimensions so anyone can make this. If you DO make it, please post the photos with #StraightUpShamrock so that I get to see it!

Enjoy your free pattern!

Flying Geese- FIXED!!!

I am participating in Then Came June’s Meadowland Quilt Along 2020. It’s my first time doing a quilt along and I am failing miserably because it’s Day 5 I’m already finished Week 3. Oh well. I am cruising for two of the weeks. . .so I am just “catching up”, right?

I have always avoided making Flying Geese blocks. I had read enough to know that despite the fact it is considered a basic block, it can be tricky. I have an Accuquilt and I have used it to cut the triangles for the corners and that worked out OK, but for the Meadowland quilt you MUST use the “No Waste” method or you won’t have enough fabric.

I’ve watched a ton of videos and read some blogs, so I was ready. I thought.

I made the first four blocks and my Flying Geese were coming out too long and not tall enough. I would normally think that I had cut wrong, but since all the pieces were already cut, it didn’t matter. I had to find a fix.

And I did!

The solution is SIMPLE. It is all in how you lay the fabric out.

All you have to do is leave a squidge of space between the edge of the large square and the edge of the smaller square. For this size block, it seems to be about 1/8″. For smaller blocks I imagine the space might be a bit smaller. You are welcome. Go and give it a whirl.

Cutting the Meadowland with an Accuquilt

Anyone who knows me knows that I am just creative enough that I can’t follow instructions. Recipes? I always add something or put in a little more of this or that. So, knowing this about myself, I decided last month that I was going to do Then Came June’s Meadowland Quilt-A-Long 2.0.

I bought the pattern.

I found the fabric. I am using a fat quarter bundle of Lori Holt’s Granny Chic from Riley Blake. It is much more “old-fashioned” looking than my normal fare, but one day last fall I was at The Quilting Basket in American Fork and this fabric sample sang to me. Seriously. I just had to buy it. And it has been mocking me ever since.

So here we are at today. The first day of the QAL. I am supposed to iron and cut my fabrics. I think. I didn’t get the e-mail newsletter that I thought I had signed up for, so I signed up again. Anyway. . . it is cutting day. I was stressing about this part because I am not super accurate with my assortment of Olfa rotary cutters. It’s not their fault. Despite having tried every fix known to man, my ruler sometimes slips just a little and things get wonky.

And then. . . I saw that some quilt store in Omaha was having a “Cut your Meadowland with an Accuquilt” day last weekend. Several people had offered to pay the cutting fee to get the list of dies needed for the quilt, but there had been no response that I could see. I immediately thought, “I can do this myself!” (Right now my husband would be muttering “Of course she can. . .” if he were not at work.)

Traditionally cut block according to the measurements in the Then Came June pattern. Came out a bit small. Finished size should be 16.5″

I started figuring out how to make the block with the 9″ Qube dies that I own. I bought my Accuquilt last spring at our local quilt show and I love it, but I haven’t really used it enough. I have been struggling with “quilting elbow” lately from cutting those 391 pillowcases, so I have been dreading cutting out Meadowland.I had just figured it all out when I got a message from Stephanie Jacobson. She figured out how to cut this pattern with the 8″ Qube and some other Accuquilt dies and put together a great handout. Contact information for her will be found below.

You need to understand that unless you have the 8” block set, your blocks are not going to come out to the 16.5” blocks that have been designed lovingly by Meghan for you. You can NOT use the 9”, 10” or 12” dies with the prescribed fat quarters, but if you wanted to buy extra yardage, you could do it.

This block was cut using (mostly) my Accuquilt 9″ Qube dies. It should be 18.5″ but came out about 1/4″ small. Clearly I sew generous quarter inch seams. Please ignore the ugly scrap fabrics!!!

If you have the 8” Qube set and you OWN THE MEADOWLAND PATTERN, you should contact stephjacobsondesigns through Instagram. Make sure you like her page. She came up with a brilliant list of how to cut the Meadowland using Accuquilt.

If you have a 6”, 9”, 10”, or 12” set, send a selfie of you and your pattern to me at OhKayeQuilting@gmail.com and I will send you my tips for cutting this awesome pattern with the Accuquilt. Please understand that I have only tested the 9” Qube blocks, but the instructions should work for the other sizes.  

Here’s the naked truth. . . when it came down to the rubber meeting the road, I really wanted to use my fat quarter pack, so I chose to use the cutting diagram that came with the pattern. And it wasn’t that hard. Just a little scary. My rulers stuck like glue and my new Olfa blade cut through that fabric (even 6 layers) like a hot knife through butter. (impressed with that over usage of similes? Just you wait. . .)

They are cut! It was much easier than I thought. Tomorrow, we sort!