Tag: Quilting Fabric

The MORE in “Quilts and More”

The best laid plans aren’t always an option.

Several weeks ago, I was going through our emergency supplies, removing the food that was WAY past it’s prime and making a list of things we could use. We live in an area of the United States that can see seasonal tornadoes, flooding, and a decent chance for a potentially devastating earthquake. I wasn’t even thinking “virus” at this point.

But here we are. Weeks ago I noticed there were no surgical face masks available (we have the hard, dust masks in our supplies for clean-up after destruction and I thought with the flu going around, surgical masks might be a good idea for the sick) – that was before I was aware of the recent run.

So, my thoughts went towards making our own. Let me say here, that making your own is not a replacement for the proper CDC recommended masks. But if you are like me, you might be thinking through this whole scenario of a family member being quarantined to a single room for a long period of time which leaves the well left to provide food, wash clothing, towels – all the things.

Trying on the first run of a home-stitched mask.

I was able to secure some disposable gloves to help with that scenario, but I know if I was the person under quarantine, I’d want to be able to take a walk outdoors. They say a face mask is required for the ill to even make a b-line to the outdoors, to minimize chance of spreading the virus via a cough or sneeze. (We live in the country, so going outdoors wouldn’t expose anyone.) Since we have no masks available here, my only shot at the outdoors could be a washable (bleach-able) version I make myself.

So, I’ve looked into several designs, those with pockets for inserting a HEPA filters, cute ones, simple ones, free ones, patterns to purchase – there are lots of designs out there. If you are interested, click on a link below.

craftpassion.com

mommacandoit.com

fabriccartdiy.com

lisascarolina.com

Above all, I hope to encourage you to remember to play it safe – for you and for those around you. Remember, you could be a carrier with no symptoms. “Flattening the curve” is the key.

Bee well, everyone!

Monochromatic by Nature

Its amazing how difficult it can be to choose fabrics for a quilt, especially for a new quilter. I distinctly remember the kind teacher helping me choose fabrics for my first quilt class at The Sewing Basket.

It was for a patriotic quilt, so even though that palette was obvious, I had a lot of fear of choosing the wrong colors!

I’ve written before about letting nature provide your palette (see One Easy Way to Conquer Color) So when I found these seashells last night on the beach, I realized that even nature can be monochromatic.

Enjoy these monochromatic quilts:

Click picture for link to Amy’s Creative Side.
Click on link for beechtreelanehandmade.com
Image of Monochromatic Quilt
Click on picture for link to Craft Paper Scissors pin.

Do you make monochromatic quilts?

How do you choose your quilt palettes? Let us know in the comments below!

Enjoy your quilting journey, Karla