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sewbizgirl 03-25-2020 04:51 PM

I have been crocheting star shaped blankets (round, really...) using those 'cakes' of yarn that change from color to color. Almost finished with my second one. I'm amazed at how much faster crocheting uses up your yarn than knitting does.

Also sewing... Finished my Boom swap blocks way ahead of schedule. Cut out several outfits of summer clothing for my baby granddaughter. And I have tons to quilt, but haven't delved into it just yet.

I resisted the call to sew facemasks all this time, but an elderly friend finally persuaded me to do it. She is 93 and lives in assisted living, and they are taken care of by "aides". They have been confined to their rooms, and only the aides can come in to clean and help them. Family can't even visit. They shut down the dining room and now bring trays of food to each resident 3x a day. She is concerned because the aides need to wear masks in order not to infect the residents. I know homemade masks won't protect against CV, but there are other flu and cold germs out there this time of year, and they could kill the elderly residents. My friend says they can't get masks because all the masks have to go to the hospitals. So today I started making some masks to give to her assisted living faciity. b-o-r-i-n-g... but needed, so I'll make a couple dozen or so and drop them off up there.

Also started taking walks. It feels so much better to get outside, and if you are lucky, get some sunshine. We are needing that vitamin D!

aashley333 03-26-2020 04:48 AM

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10 cases in Nueces County...Yesterday I stitched a facemask using water-resistant plastic-y fabric that I had used to recover my barstools. Placed a quilted scrap inside to "pad". I felt much better about caring for my mother. I visit her house everyday with breakfast and to care for her daily needs. (My brother also lives there).

Other than that, We stay home. Retired with too many hobbies and a new homesite on acres of tall grass means there's lots to do around here. We started our first garden!

Today i plan to finish the zipper bags I've discovered are so fun to make ... and practice my quilting with the rectangle needed to create them.


petthefabric 03-26-2020 01:56 PM

Making small pillow cases as per requested by veterans home. They cover proping pillows

tranum 03-26-2020 02:18 PM

* Rearranged furniture by switching sunroom table & kitchen table. See how it goes. Don’t tell DH but if I don’t like it we may move them back again :)
* Finished 2 small sewing projects.
* Found a toy bear to put in the window. Families are walking with kids & spotting bears. Granddaughter said her kids saw 8 today !

gigigray032447 03-26-2020 02:24 PM

I sewed like a mad woman the three months since Christmas. Mostly I make comfort quilts for cancer patients and completed 34. Because we had plans to travel a good bit this year, I wanted to contribute my part to our group. Since I am stuck at home, I am making Jewel Box for my daughter in law.

EasyPeezy 03-26-2020 05:42 PM

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Just finished this block. Starting a new sampler (hopefully).
No pattern. Just making my favourite blocks.
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Rose_P 03-26-2020 05:43 PM

I have to quote my brother: "Who knew that our usual lifestyle is called 'quarantine' by other people?"
The main difference is not that I'm staying home most of the time, but that I can't just hop in the car and go buy a spool or thread or some fabric on a whim until this thing passes. I could look upon it as being stuck or I can take advantage of all the time to focus on what I have been unable to get done in the past because of other distractions and duties. I've been doing pretty much what I always do, but getting a little more sewing done and stash busting in the process because it's easier than mail order. I've been spurred on by the birth of our precious granddaughter in January. We are saddened that we only got to visit with her one time and then we hit this forced change in lifestyle. She and her brother and parents are 4 1/2 hours away by car, but it might as well be the far side of the planet. I made her a quilt and some baby clothes and a couple of shirts for her brother and then I started sewing for another baby born Feb. 24, my brother's first great grandson. I got his quilt done, too, and a few more baby clothes. It's such fun, and such a nice distraction from all the sad news. Next will be finishing a large quilt UFO that I haven't touched in a year. It's almost half quilted.

Rff1010 03-27-2020 08:55 AM

Right now- yelling at my son to get his schoolwork done. #homeschooling

tohkatz68 03-27-2020 02:55 PM

It's sunny and warm so outside in the sun cleaning the flower beds of weeds and leftover leaves. Can't watch the TV anymore it's just too depressing, grocery shelves are getting sparse but people are working triple hard to get products out. Hopefully the end is not as far away as it sometimes seems.

anonymous 03-28-2020 06:06 AM

EasyPeezy: Love your block and the colors. Show us what you end up with! I personally need a pattern, or at least I think I do.

ScubaK 03-28-2020 06:39 AM

I haven't worked since the 16th with this virus. They have shut many things down and now there is the "shelter in place" order.
I'm trying to get my top finished, I have a couple quilts cut out, I am working on a quilt that I have wanted to make for a few years. Turns out it isn't as difficult as I thought it would be.
But!!! What I am doing is painting the inside of my home! It needs it! I have already accomplished the husbands office area, the dining area and the living room. Now I am onto our bedroom (will finish today), had the husband remove everything from the laundry/ pantry area and will begin that in the next day or two. It really, really needs some help. I'm also hoping that perhaps the rain will let up as I have planting to do and gardens to clean.
I'm just trying to stay busy, safe and healthy. The dogs are happy as they are getting 2 walks a day...
Kirsten

busy fingers 03-29-2020 11:57 AM

Like everyone else hubs and I have put ourselves into hibernation for the duration of this worldwide disaster and only going out for the necessary shopping and a daily walk. We are hoping that the supermarket is going to bring back "home delivery" this week so that will also lessen the need to enter into the community as hubs does have a comprised immune system.

I have been sewing up a storm, tidying up my sewing room, reading my way through a pile of library books, my garden has never been so "weed -free" and I have become a whizz at doing on-line jigsaw puzzles.

Happy sewing and hopefully we all come out of this safely and soon.

amyjo 03-30-2020 05:56 PM


Originally Posted by EasyPeezy (Post 8372495)
Just finished this block. Starting a new sampler (hopefully).
No pattern. Just making my favourite blocks.
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my sister and I love this block by any chance do u have instructions etc

laurilli 03-30-2020 09:42 PM

I am watching my 6 year old grandson and my 18 month old great granddaughter so not much sewing going on. I did get 68 masks made up (requested by my daughters clinic). But this homeschooling a kindergartner is killing me. He is reading at almost 2nd grade level but the timed sight words and timed math is crazy!!! I have a hard time with timing a kindergartner. He absolutely hates it, he barely gets his finger over the answer and a big TIMES UP pops up. Trying to keep the 18 month old occupied while trying to help the grandson is over the top. They have about 5 hours of school work scheduled for him, I really feel sorry for the poor parents of more than one child in school. My time for venting is up. Thanks for letting me do it.:)

aashley333 03-31-2020 03:42 AM

hope this helps anyone with kids
websites for kids from a retired elem teacher:
math: https://mathantics.com/
rdg: https://tumblebooks.com/

can set up a free "classroom" right now(which could be all grand/kids) https://educationgalaxy.com/

Sisquilter1 03-31-2020 04:33 AM

My husband and I have been working on the frame for my Avante. It was set up as an 8 ft frame , but with our grandchildren moving and vacating my sewing space I am able to go to 12 feet. My husband is a perfectionist so it is really perfectly level. We are waiting for the plastic pieces for the rail to come in the mail and then it will be ready to go. While waiting I am putting borders on two king sized quilts that will be ready to quilt. Excited, been waiting awhile for this. I have also been sewing masks for my children, two work at the hospitals on the front lines. I am praying for them and everyone. Staying home is the only option we have to protect ourselves and each other. I also have to cook every day. Ug.

SusieQOH 03-31-2020 04:56 AM

I'm going to give my sewing room a good cleaning today and hopefully get to my FW. It's acting up but I haven't used it in about a year so I think it just needs some TLC. I did use it to make a complete quilt for my granddaughter downstairs so I could catch up on some series I've been wanting to binge on.
My room is a disaster. I had back to back to back projects and made a mess in there.

craftiladi 03-31-2020 05:48 AM

Sounds like Everyone is making great use of their time. With the hubby home, we have gotten a few home chores/projects done. I am determined to finish up a good size tote of UFO's . Currently working on a quilt for our living room. Running out of chores/projects for the hubby...its been ok so far having him home but he is starting to get antsy. He doesn't really have any hobbies so I dug out a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, that worked out great for a little while...lol

mommaB 04-02-2020 06:01 AM

I finished up a few small inside projects, got the stay at home (from work and school) people set up with space to do what they need to do. Luckily I am retired! Now I have moved to outside projects as the weather is a little more cooperative. The raised bed garden structure is finished, still carting dirt though! I am mowing already and have some landscaping to do. I stay out of the grocery and pick up at curbside. I did go into Sam's Club for senior hours this week. Very well set up, people were very helpful and got you in and out as fast as they could. But working on finishing up the remodel projects and getting the outside stuff done has required several tips to the hardware..usually Menard's. But they have 6am senior hour, and there is hardly anyone in the store. I am planning a quilting project after I come in at night and hope to find everything I need online! Also working on Christmas tree skirts and soon a rug. Plus my sewing room needs organized desperately, it never got done after I moved in 18 months ago! What can I say? I do have a remodeled kitchen and bathroom to account for the time! Being home so much reminds me of when I was a kid..we didn't go out for the sake of going out. We kept ourselves occupied at home. I kinda like it!

Reader1 04-02-2020 06:05 PM

Last week my grandchildren, daughter and I in two different homes made about 50 masks that were requested by a doctor for the hospital. We know that they do not stop the Covid virus but he wanted them for his doctor's group to maybe use for patients coming in or having them as back up. Yesterday and today I made 25 more masks for the school district personnel who are handing out food to local families. I have about 15 more to make for them, that gives them a lot of extras but I felt it is important.. I had started a new quilt but that is now on hold. Please stay safe and healthy!

Blue Button 04-04-2020 02:19 AM

I've been making face masks. I know that they won't stop the virus but it gives them a little protection and most wear these over the real masks. I put in a layer of Pellon non fusible interfacing as a "filter": Here they are asking for them at the hospital, Dr. offices, EMS, Hospice and individuals. So far I've made 24 and have 49 cut out and ready to sew today.

ka9sdn 04-04-2020 03:33 AM

Just made 5 masks for one of my sons family. Will have to check to see if the other 2 sons want some

ka9sdn 04-04-2020 03:38 AM

You will love the 12ft. I have been able to have that size since day 1. Now, all I have to do is use it more. Have been working on Bonnie Hunter's Frolic and am gaining ground on it between mask making!

themadpatter 04-04-2020 08:14 PM

When I read the title of this post it wasn't in wasn't in your (I'm sure it must be) sweet voice, inquiring in a friendly way. I heard it in my mom's suspicious drill sergeant's bellow: "What are you doing???" That really should be in caps, because she'd be yelling for sure, lol.

Oh, I'm sewing masks. I made a bunch of ones that are 4 layers thick so they will filter better, but I have to breath really slowly or I feel like I'm running out of oxygen. That experiment may be a Fail!!, we'll see. Now I'm switching to the Kaiser pattern, because I'm a Kaiser member, so I figure I should give them to my doctors and all. I accidentally cut a batch at 7 inches instead of 8, so I'm going to make those into kids' masks and throw them into my friend's peds office from 6 feet away, lol. ("Here's some masks, Rich, enjoy!!") He and his wife are friends of mine from our Nuclear Weapons Freeze activism days. We always joked that "You can be my pediatrician when I have kids!" and then we'd laugh uproariously because I wasn't Ever going to have kids. Haha, he was sure surprised when I called to make sure they had room for one more about 26 years ago. I had to switch doctors because I changed insurance, and one of the kids in my son's class was the child of 2 doctors, a Pediatrician mom and a neurologist dad. Dr. Mom had a policy of letting any of the kids in the class get on her panel, so we got her, and she is just the greatest doctor ever. She's going to get the first batch of Kaiser masks, and she can spread them around as she sees fit.

Love to all, please stay home and stay safe as much as possible!

WMUTeach 04-05-2020 03:06 AM

It just so happens that this week-end is my guild's retreat. Of course we aren't meeting but some of us are still taking advantage of this dedicated time to quilt. We have met four times on Zoom and just chatted and cut and pieced and did mini-show and tell of our projects. I have made two tops and have another that I trust I will finish by late this afternoon. I have a fourth quilt cut and ready to go for later next week. Quilting them will be down the road because I do not have a space to lay them out to sandwich them in my home. I usually do this at our guild work days where we have large tables. Some time early this summer I hope!

What do I do with the quilts? Well, two are baby quilts and the others are to be determined. Just using my stash and my time to create and will donate/gift as the Lord leads.


petthefabric 04-05-2020 09:39 AM

Watched on-line, Palm Sunday message.

AngelaS 04-05-2020 04:48 PM

Today I long armed a queen sized batik quilt I made from scraps over the last couple weeks.

midwife 04-05-2020 05:27 PM

No free time for me. Normal hours as usual. I'm happy I still have a job and I am able to make a difference, but kind of envious of those able to stay home and sew all day. Very appreciative to all of you sewing masks. They are desperately needed.

DogsAREtheBEST 04-05-2020 09:34 PM

I like staying home myself but I have always loved crafting. I've been working on some baby quilts and baby rag quilts.

pbraun 04-09-2020 03:55 AM

We are now making a lot of masks for senior citizen homes and other none medical facilities. Found directions to make stretchy t-shirt straps since elastic is difficult to get. Beyond that, since I have only been quilting for a few years, I am able to complete UFOs that were stalled due to lack of specific skills.

Austinite 04-09-2020 08:38 AM

I was furloughed from my job over two weeks ago but I expect to be laid off soon, my company is struggling to stay afloat. Thankfully my spouse has a job and is working from home indefinitely and we have food, a roof, and our kids are home, we are all safe and healthy. I've been deep cleaning our home, moving furniture to clean under and around it, going thru cabinets, I've finished a quilt and started another, been crocheting quite a bit as well. Trying to be grateful for everything but honestly it's really hard, I'm not a good SAHM, I've always had a part time job and it's very hard to lose that, I've been at my job a long time and I really miss my coworkers. Grateful for technology, we have family all over the country and in Europe and being able to text and check in with each other is priceless. I'm so thankful for restaurants having takeout meals, it's been really hard to get to the stores. This too shall pass.

lblank42 04-09-2020 08:46 AM

I'm retired so I'm used to being at home. I have been sewing face masks. There's a demand for them from the hospitals around here. Great stash buster. I'm using up fabric that I know I would never put in a quilt.

Claire123 04-09-2020 10:09 PM

I've been doing some cleaning around the house. On nice days we go out for long walks or bike rides. I have many projects in my sewing room I can work on, mostly I've been doing masks.


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