Sunday, March 22, 2020

Monday Meanderings 3 - 23 - 2020

Have you been keeping up with all the info about making face masks for medical staff? I saved a couple of sites that gave directions.  And, I made one to see what it was like.  I downloaded the directions and pattern for the Fu Face Mask. This is a free pattern site for all sorts of patterns. The Fu Face Mask is designed to tie on and uses 2 pieces of fabric for the mask.  From the research I've done no home made masks made with woven cotton fabric will protect COMPLETELY from viruses.  However, it can be useful in some situations.  Apparently it is above 50% effective.  So, if the alternative choice is no mask, this is a reasonable alternative.  I have an email into my local hospital to see if they need any cloth masks and if so what type they would prefer.  

My bear is around 15" or so.  I made the large mask which is big even on me.  

I rewrote the instructions so I didn't have to print pages and pages of instructions. Please go to the above link if you would like instructions and the pattern. 

Until I know whether there is a need in my community I am not planning on making these.  I'll keep you posted.  

So in other news, Pat and I took a drive Saturday.  One of the enjoyable parts of the drive was to see the cherry blossom trees in full bloom near our house. Unfortunately the weather was lousy.
I have started working on my Talking Turkey wall quilt.  Years ago I took a class with Bonnie Hunter.  I decided I would only do a 9 block wallhanging.  When they were done I put them together.  I let the blocks age for several years until last week when I decided it was time to put the border on and get the top finished. 
Without sashing.

I was texting my in house retreat buddies about working on this quilt and that I needed to decide on the border.  Sharon posted a picture of her finished quilt. (same size as mine, basically.)  Um, they didn't look the same at all.

I pulled out the book and realized there is sashing between the blocks that really adds to the design. Can you say let 'er rip?
With sashing.
Here it is in the process of sashing. 

Don't those little 9 patches look great?  All the blocks are sewn  together.  But the rows are not sewn yet.  I still need to add one more row around the outside edge to finish off the 9 patches.  I like the look with the 9 patches.  That's tomorrow's plan.  Unfortunately, it may get too big to hang above our fireplace.  It would really look good up there so I'm going to try to make it work.  I'll keep you posted! 

Last week I mentioned I would be doing a UFO give away.  Sorry to admit, but I've changed my mind.  I am trying to stay home and not interact with anyone/anything that could put me at risk.  Well, duh, how would I get something sent if I can't weigh it and buy stamps.  So, when this pandemic calms down I'll reconsider offering a UFO give away.  

I had 3 items as goals last week.  Obviously I've made great progress on Talking Turkey.  So it will stay on the list.  Hopefully I'll get it done early in the week so I can then do the next few. 

1. Talking Turkey to top stage.
2. Pull out a charity quilt top from the Virginia Star Quilters and quilt it. I did actually pull this from the closet but that's all I did. It is staying on the list. 
3. Start trimming and sewing into a top the star blocks from my last FCQE Quilters turn. Again, not much progress so it's staying on the list. 

That's it for today.  I'm linking up with Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and Main Crush Monday.  Take some time to see what folks have been working on. 

Stay safe and quilt on! 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


  1. love your quilt! I'm making a different kind of face mask that I saw a pattern for I hope I can whip them up quickly and get them posted off to my sister fast - we only have one case in the county and I have no idea where - I need to get in out of the post office fast when I get there and stand a distance away for sure. This is scary stuff isn't it.

  2. My Talking Turkey is still waiting to be finished. it's also going to be 9 blocks. I had to stop on it when we took the class because I ran out of strings.

    Yours looks great.

    Looks like we might be making scrub caps here. My neighbor got a request from an er nurse at Howard County Hospital. They usually order them from Amazon but there are none to be had apparently. They have nothing to protect their hair from contamination. Just waiting for approval from hospital to put the word out.

  3. your talking turkey will be a beauty! Staying home has it's perks.

  4. That’s the same face mask pattern I downloaded. I might make one for myself to wear IF I have to go out for groceries. I’m using the USPS Click and Ship to mail packages from home. I bought a scale on their website a couple of years ago. Everything is done online, the label is printed with postage, you schedule the day you want pickup, put the package outside your door and they do the rest.

  5. What a difference some sashing makes!!

  6. Oh girl, you make me laugh! I love the Talking Turkey with the 9 patch sashing. I still only have 1 block completed, but I'll get back to it one of these days.

  7. Much more interesting with the sashing! I'm also holding off on making masks because I can't ship them out. I'm sure the quilting community will rise to the occasion if and when more are needed :)

  8. I love those red blocks and I think the sashing adds to your blocks and layout. It will be a great quilt when you're finished!

  9. It seems that there are over 3000 tutorials for making face masks, including one that suggests fashioning a bra cup into a face mask and using the straps as ties. No, I am not kidding.
    Talking Turkey really speaks to me though it is more coherent with the sashing :-p


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