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Quilt 4 U - March 31 2020

My thanks to everyone who helped cut fabric for MU hospital face masks.  They have been picked up by an MU representative and taken to the group that is sewing the masks together.   When we receive more fabric I will follow-up with another e-mail for fabric cutters.

In the meantime, a local quilt guild has contacted me as they are needing to make more face masks for hospice centers, nursing homes etc.  Most quilters have lots of left over fabric.  If you do and want to help them out, they are using the instructions from the Missouri Star Quilt at -  type in - face masks - you will see the video tutorial. They want the ones using fabric ties and not elastic.  I am happy to be a collector of any finished masks and will make sure they get sent to the group coordinating this project.  If you are willing to assist and have a smoke-free/pet free home; you can drop them off at my shop on Saturday April 4th between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.  We will have a table set up inside the door (sanitized) and you can drop them off on the table.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of 6” x 9” fabric 
  • (1) 6” x 9” piece of iron-on interfacing (optional)
  • 2 pieces of ¼ inch elastic cut to 7” each (they want fabric ties-not elastic so you may need this a little longer ie. 12 - 15 inches - left over binding might work?)
  1. Cut out two pieces of fabric to 6” x 9” each.
  2. Cut out one piece of interfacing to 6” x 9” and iron it onto the back of one of the pieces of fabric.-opt.
  3. Cut elastic into two pieces measuring 7” each.-use fabric ties
  4. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together.
DIY Face Mask with Jenny

5. Measure a 3 inch opening in the top so you can turn it right side out when you are finished sewing.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

6. Sew the top and bottom edges only.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

7. Place the elastic inside the mask and pin it to the top and bottom of each side, keeping it entirely encased in the fabric. It will be on the outside when you turn it later.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

8. Sew each side completely closed, back-stitching on the elastic. (fabric ties)

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

9. Turn the mask right side out from the hole you left in the top. 

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

10. Press the mask flat and add 2-3 pleats.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

11. Pin the pleats flat.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

12. Stitch all around the edge of the mask to enclose it and lock the pleats in place.

Tips:  Please do not use vintage fabric.  The fabric needs to be a close weave cotton fabric.

If you want to help and don't have a smoke free/pet free home, send me an e-mail or call and we can set up a time with a small group of people to cut, sew, iron - assembly line.  My cell phone is 573 443 7858.  We could accommodate 6 people stationed at safe distances of 6 feet.  The tables will be sanitized before/after each group that comes.

There seems to be such a great need.  I know quilter's are always willing to help out if they can.  No fabric.??????? I have a shop full. 

Feeling bored being home?  Here are some suggestions: Baby Lock is offering free access to their website of classes at no cost for a limited period of time - approx. 6 more weeks.   If you already have access do not use this form as it will over-ride any access you currently have received from your local quilt shop at time of machine purchase.  This is a great offer to you - check it out!

Take a walk around the neighborhood - at a safe 6 foot distance.  You may be surprised to see others walking too.

Fill the tub - take a long soak.  That is always good for me.

Listen to music on the radio - something fun and lively.

Know another quilter who lives alone?  Send them an e-mail or call and see how they are doing.  I am sure they would love to hear from you.

Everyone be safe.  Looking forward to seeing all of my friends when I am able to reopen as I know many of you have many a big dent in your stash by now.  Ha!