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April 3, 2020
Fancier Face Mask, More Work, Maybe Better, from Your Stash from Gefilte Quilt

This tutorial is for a lined mask that I find roomier, more comfortable and less claustrophobic than the simpler masks I've made. Here's one in a quilting fabric:  

...and another in an African print, with fusible interfacing between the inner and outer layer, and tee shirt cord substituting nicely for elastic...

And third, a mask I made from two cut-up polypropylene tote bags, which, according to a group of scientists and engineers working on the DIY mask issue, combines breathability with better filtration and water resistance than cotton. (Evidence HERE. Their website is MakerMask.org.) 
Whatever material you ...

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March 31, 2020
WIP Wednesday #437 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

Stay home, stay healthy, and stay busy!

If you are Canadian, please share what you're working on this week...we would love to see it. The link-up is open from noon Tuesday (Pacific time) until noon Thursday (Pacific time).






Do you know that you don't have to have a blog to link up? You can use a picture from your Flickr or Instagram accounts. There's a how-to at each of the links above. Edited to add: your Instagram account has to be public for others to see your work! Thanks Kate for flagging that for us.



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March 27, 2020
Passover Masks; I Couldn't Help Myself from Gefilte Quilt

Passover is April 8. With the world in the throes of the COVID epidemic, public health authorities and rabbis agree that people should stay home, and connect with farflung loved ones at the seder via Zoom, Skype, or whatever. 

I don't have any matzoh in my house yet - but of course, I always have plenty of matzoh fabric. So this morning, I broke away from making (somewhat) normal masks for friends and family; and I made these, just to make myself laugh.  First....

(I buy matzoh fabric here.)

The next mask covers two plagues: Frogs and hail. 

(The dots ...

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March 25, 2020
Easy and Fast Face Masks: A Quilters' Tutorial from Gefilte Quilt

Here's what the masks in this tutorial look like: 

I've made about thirty of them, and have an easy, intuitive system that can take less than a half-hour each. In quilter's  language: It's an unbatted quilt, with two short bindings.


  • UPDATE (3/25)  This tutorial was created an eternity ago  - a week. Since then, so many more have appeared, including patterns approved by medical authorities. My version is not medically approved, but I tried to incorporate all principles I've read about and discussed with my scientist and doctor friends. I think this tutorial is a ...

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March 24, 2020
WIP Wednesday #436 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

I hope you are reading this from your own house, or a safe place, far from other people! Stay healthy, stay calm, stay productive. 

Thanks to all those who've linked up - spread the word (but not the virus)!! 



If you are Canadian, please share what you're working on this week...we would love to see it. The link-up is open from noon Tuesday (Pacific time) until noon Thursday (Pacific time).






Do you know that you don't have to have a blog to link up? You can use a picture from your Flickr or Instagram accounts. There's ...

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How to Make a Mask WITHOUT Elastic from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Thanks to the outpouring of support from the sewing community in the effort to make masks, elastic is now hard to come by. The four main distributors to quilt shops in the U.S. are all out and it is going to be a bit before they can get more.

So I created this video to show you how to convert ANY mask pattern that uses elastic into one that uses ties. The first half goes through the steps you need to take to convert the standard surgical style mask from elastic to ties.

The second goes over how to ...

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March 23, 2020
Is It Monday? from Pinkadot Quilts

This is not all of them!
 So what is everyone up to? Sewing a like a maniac or not sure what to do? I find myself walking around my house and not being able to focus. I have done some sewing but not a lot. I decided that was going to change today.
I save all my orphan blocks. I also save all the snowball ends of blocks that become half square triangles. I have a lot of leftover blocks!


Yesterday I grabbed a bunch of them and layed them out. I did not have enough room! I have made ...

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March 22, 2020
Covid-19 virus and KoolKat from Koolkat Quilting

KoolKat will remain open for business unless future circumstances dictate otherwise.

Customers who normally bring quilts to the studio can choose to mail us their quilts, or we can choose a drop off point (such as our front verandah) and email you the invoice subsequently as we do for mail-order customers.

We hope everyone stays well during the current crisis and remains vigilant is following health recommendations.

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March 18, 2020
Home Sweet Home from Pinkadot Quilts



All I can say is thank goodness we have sewing! Though I have not been able to focus much. I do love this Tula Pink fabric and it was an absolute had-to-have kind of purchase.


Last week at my guild I won some Challenge Ribbons! Little did I know that might be my last time there for a few months!

This is my challenge quilt, Henrietta Hen. Our theme was Farm Animals. I have no energy to go upstairs, find the quilt and take a picture so you are getting a screen shot (-: from Instagram.



I have a pile of ...

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March 17, 2020
WIP Wednesday #435 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

What an interesting week it's been! I hope you are all safe and healthy (and stay that way). I'm pretty sure that you've got enough supplies to stay home and create. 

If you are Canadian, please share what you're working on this week...we would love to see it. The link-up is open from noon Tuesday (Pacific time) until noon Thursday (Pacific time).






Do you know that you don't have to have a blog to link up? You can use a picture from your Flickr or Instagram accounts. There's a how-to at each of ...

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