The International Quilt Festival is back after a long hiatus and I’m excited to get the chance to get back out on the road and chat with quilters and sewists in-person again. (I’ll be teaching the Ellie Elephant–join me?) Because the event inside and the coronavirus has done a doozy on Texas over the last couple months, they are instituting a mask mandate. I’ve been using my masks for a while now, so I figured this was just the excuse I needed to make a few new ones.
I came up with this pattern about a year ago, incorporating the different features of other masks that I appreciated. Since I’ll be wearing it lots, I wanted it to fit comfortably over my nose, scooping down below my eyes and fitting snug around the chin. Since it works so well for me, I figured I might as well share it!
Supplies: 8″ x 13″ piece of quilting cotton 8″ x 13″ piece of batik fabric 8″ x 13″ piece of non-fusible interfacing or additional quilting cotton layer, optional nose wire, optional 20″ – 26″ elastic rubber elastic grips, optional Crinkle Dreams 3-D mask pattern [click to download]
Iron fabrics, then fold in half with fold down 8″ length.
Trace around pattern and cut out with rotary cutter or scissors.
Trim interfacing/additional layer to cut-line, if using.
Press interfacing to batik fabric. Fold as one and pin chin dart.
Sew chin dart with a 1/4″ seam allowance tapering at chin; backstitch.
Repeat with quilting cotton exterior chin dart.
Pin lining combo and exterior together along top edge, right sides together.
Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance, backstitching at point and valleys to secure.
Clip off seam allowance at points and clip to seam on valleys, being extra careful to not cut any stitching.
Turn inside out and use a point turner to push points out as much as possible.
Top stitch about 1/8″ from seam edge.
If desired, add channel for nose wire, by topstitching about 1/2″ away from seam edge centering the 4″ channel along the middle point.
Bring bottom edge up to meet, right sides together. Pin a few times to nest the chin darts and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn inside out through side opening.
If using, insert nose wire though side opening and topstitch ends closed.
Mark fold line and press. Stitch with a 1/8″ seam allowance, making a tiny pleat across entire top of mask.
Fold sides over 1″ then in half to create a 1/2″ channel for the elastic.
Pin and sew close to folded edge.
Using a bodkin or safety pin feed elastic through the channels.
If using over the ear loops, cut two 10″ lengths of elastic. Feed one through each channel and knot, then hide knot in channel. Attach rubber elastic grips, if using to tighten.
If using over the head elastic, cut a 26″ piece. Feed from bottom of channel, up and out, then continue to feed it from the top of the second channel to create a loop. Knot and hide knot in channel.
I really like the way this mask fits and you can lengthen the front easily if you want to make it more spacious for talking or for beards. 🙂
I hope I’ll see you from behind your own mask at International Quilt Festival in Houston next week!
After a nice weekend in southern Kansas, we made our way up to Kansas City on Sunday afternoon. I knew it was going to be a special Sew Together Tuesday for a couple of reasons: we were using my friend Sam Hunter’s “Bloomin’ Too” patternand we were visiting a brand new shop: KC Maker Studio & Fabrics.
As we were getting set up and I was making a post on Facebook about the day’s show, Hawke told me I needed to help him get something in the RV, so I started heading that way, still typing away and he started recording…
This week we did a whole series of patterns (rather than just one project for the week) and focused on Quilt Cadets patterns, an offshoot of Latifah Saafir Studios. They are super cute patterns written with kids in mind, so there’s no fancy lexicon and easy step-by-steps to help kids of all ages complete these projects.
Whether you’re new to sewing or new to sewing with Cuddle, these are fab patterns to add your collection. Plus she offers some super cute little badges that you’ll earn as you progress through the patterns.
The first day, we made the Enchanted Travel Pillow, a pattern designed in conjunction with Little Pincushion Studio. Who doesn’t love unicorns? Okay, some don’t, but for them they can take off the horn and make a horse or just do the dragon version. Any way you do it, it was super simple and ridiculously cute.
This marked my third year teaching at Road to California and it was the best by far. I had four classes, Thursday through Sunday, focusing on fabrics that many are intimidated by: minky, double gauze and knits. I’d spent hours and hours over the last few weeks prepping kits and samples for the classes and it was all worth it.
On Thursday, we made Ellie Elephants using the pattern from Funky Friends Factory and Luxe Cuddle Heather Fog from Shannon Fabrics, along with a couple of solid Cuddle minky fabrics. They turned out so well and everyone was so happy with their elephants! I saw a couple of students walking the show floor with them later and it was adorable. Look how pleased they were!
Recently, I did a little Facebook Live for Shannon Fabrics to share information on using Cuddle minky fabrics and I figured this was as good a place as any to share it. If you’re thinking about using Cuddle, give it a few minutes and learn a few of the insider tips.
You’ve probably seen Funky Friends Factory patterns in a quilt shop somewhere along the way. They are popular among sewists, but usually whenever I’ve asked someone about their experience with the pattern, they admit that they’ve been too scared to try! Like so many fabrics and quilt patterns, these stuffed animal patterns often live in our stash but never get put to use. That’s just silly–give it a try! Continue reading “Larry the Lion — sewing plush stuffed animals”
But that’s exactly what I did on Saturday afternoon.
The craziness began at Quilt Market in the spring when Alex came by the Shannon Fabrics booth, excited to share the Wyatt Wolf quilt with her audience. I’d made it with a bunch of Luxe Cuddle, Cuddle Suede and Kona Cotton –which is kinda crazy in and of itself– and used a paper piecing pattern from Violet Craft to do it. She invited me to come on the show and I did.
I have watched a dozen or so episodes of the show and have always enjoyed it, but I wasn’t expecting the level of production or kindness that I got. Ricky is incredibly talented and his quilts left my mouth gaping. Alex is a pro at making people comfortable. Everyone behind the scenes was happy to answer questions, fetch waters, help carry samples and be there when I needed them.
The best part, though, was that my daughter was able to join me and play personal assistant/cheerleader. It made the entire weekend so much better to have her there, supporting my work and calming my nerves.
The show will air sometime later this year or early 2019.
I met Alex Anderson last fall at Quilt Market, years after I started following her in the quilt industry. I look up to her immensely as she has much the same passion that I do about sewing and quilting. We both really just want everyone to find their happy place here! A lot of that passion involves teaching the basics and I’ve often admired her Alex’s ability to seem so approachable and excited in her public presentation. The truth is, she is actually one of the nicest people I’ve met. She knows her stuff, too.
As the head educator for Shannon Fabrics, she invited me up to her home in northern California to do some videos and I jumped at the chance. It was a mix of fear, excitement, admiration, and joy to be honest. But I’m so glad I did it. We got to share some great information and I got to get over my awkwardness (or at least a bit) by the time we filmed the last video.
If you are interested in sewing with Cuddle fabrics, I think we’ve included some helpful info. Give ’em a watch and let me know what else you are curious to know.