Friday, April 17, 2020

Two finishes in addition to more masks

I quilted Blue with Yellow Jelly Roll Race while we were waiting for more interfacing to make face masks. I just finished hand sewing the binding down.

The jelly roll, Butterfly Effect from Benartex fabrics, has been in my stash for a long time. I grabbed it to take to a retreat in March. That retreat seems like it was years ago.

I decided to add yellow between the strips to add a little pop of color.

This donation quilt is 55" by 65". I quilted it with a walking foot, stitching on each side of the seams using Aurifil 50-weight, #2715 light blue thread.

I had the backing, a water spot, light blue, in my stash.


My other finish is a short sleeve sweater that I began a year ago. I frogged it (ripped it out) 6 months ago and started over. 
The color is off in this photo - the sweater is navy.
I had it almost finished in February but did not like the side detail on the bottom. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to just finish it. What a surprise - the bottom sides weren't done! The LAST line of the pattern had one more instruction. Now it looks fine!

The pattern is Sunbird Top by Quenna Lee and I absolutely love my sweater. I used Berroco Summer Silk yarn (Dk yarn with silk, cotton, and nylon). It is so soft.


We continue to make face masks. Our inventory went to zero a few days ago. Since then, we have made more. In addition to doctors and hospitals, we have sent masks to family and friends. 

Our newest design is using a casing for the strap. The loop goes behind the head above the ears and then the two ends are tied below the ears behind the head. This design uses a 4' strap versus four 18" sewn on straps. That saves 2 feet of material. Materials are hard to come by so we are doing our best to conserve what we have.

When things are bad, remember:
It won't always be this way. Take one day at a time.
When things are good, remember:
It won't always be this way. Enjoy every great moment.
-Doe Zantamata

Stay safe and wash your hands.


  1. You are such a talented gal! The quilt is like a breath if fresh air, and the perfect way to quilt it. Your sweater is amazing...those needles were busy. Great masks, and a great idea for the ties. So colourful...a smile for the users in such a tough time!

  2. Love the detail on the sweater top! Looks really nice. All those masks are, you really covered a lot of faces :) Yes, the few I made took all my elastic. Very hard to find now. Like hunting for toilet paper:)

  3. I'm loving your newest design of using a casing for the strap!

  4. I like how the bottom of that sweater turned out. I'll be sewing more masks tomorrow.

  5. LOVE the pops of yellow on your new BLUE quilt finish (and your sweater in beautiful, too!!) More masks? I guess that means your shipment of materials finally arrived.



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