Take a Breather

As the quarantine continues I know that many of you are making masks and other PPE.  While this is very good work and it can help us to know we are doing something to help slow the spread of the virus,  sometimes it is just a lot.   When your mask production numbers in the hundreds it is important to take a breather once in a while.       Speaking for myself and probably some of you too,  even when I need to take a break I don’t want to clean up and put away the production line because it is a bother to set it all up again.    So what do I do as a breather?  Why hand work of course!!!  IMG_3422

I wrote last week about the learning to Quilt in Quarantine series of videos,  and I have been really enjoying the process.   If you are game I’d love to do it as a stitch along.  You can do it with scraps from your mask making and other projects, and it will make for a nice memory piece from that significant work.    It is designed for total beginners who have no real experience,  or access to rotary tools,  but you my dear reader are not that.  You have access and skills so the first video instructions can be skipped. Video one is about the tools needed,  making and using a hand sewing template in the old school method.    Feel free to play along like our ancestors,  but if you like the precision and speed of rotary cutting,  or have 2 1/2 inch wide strips of leftovers from binding and jellyrolls that you want to use then this is the way to go.    You will be able to pick up with the second video that I will post to YouTube for next week.

The piece is one double nine patch block that finishes at 18 inches for a pillow or small wall hanging.    You may make it from 3 fabrics only,  or scrappy.  The small squares will cut at 2 1/2 inches,  the large ones at 6 1/2 inches.   Here’s a breakdown of what you will need:

Large 6 1/2 squares –  4 light

small, 2 1/2 squares – 5 dark,        20 medium,      20 light

backing 20 inches square

Using a 1 x 6 or 1 x 12 grid ruler draw lines 1/4 inch from each edge of each small and large square, on the back of the fabric with a mechanical pencil.   Be sure that the corners are clearly visible and that you can see the lines clearly.   Use a silver or white pencil, or a soap sliver to mark the dark fabrics if needed.     For next week I will get into detail about how to sew a secure and accurate seam by hand and share the link for that video. HArvest Moon

The new BOM project is picking up steam,  please let me know if you want to participate so I can be sure that you are ready since it is not going to exactly follow our longstanding procedure.

Our previous BOM,  Alaska has resulted in some wonderful projects and I have been given permission to share one with you.    Janet J did hers in the colorway I called wildflower,  and she did a fantastic job.   I like it so much I am wishing I had time to make a second one in these colors.   Hope you enjoy as much as I did.   Isn’t it wonderful how some small changes can make such a big difference?    Good Job Janet!! WIN_20200505_18_09_19_Pro

I will be in the shoppe tomorrow Saturday, May 9 from about 1 pm.   If you need something,  text to the shoppe and I can set up curbside pickup. I will return your text with exact amounts, but can’t take credit cards at this time.   Cash or check, and please wear a mask.

Stay safe and healthy, and have fun stitching.



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