Oops! Dyed too much!
I've got to be honest, I'm spending a lot more time making masks than working on my business. Since the CDC (finally) admitted that wearing masks helps all of us, the demand has far outstripped supply. I know that most of you are doing the same thing if you aren't already doing your part as one of the fabulous front-line workers in our hospitals, delivery services and grocery stores.
I got the family and friends taken care of and then turned to the community. Our local pharmacy wanted some and we took some to the grocery store and ABC store. Everyone was very grateful. But my favorite story happened yesterday. My Mom lives in a senior apartment complex and they are not allowing anyone in the campus but we can meet at the gate to give her supplies. Just before I left home to visit her I happened to pick up the last batch of a dozen masks. I don't know why, I just did.
While there I noticed the gate attendant was wearing a knit ski mask! I went over (not too close) to ask if he needed a mask. You would have though that I offered him $100! I asked how many they needed and the answer was 12. That's fate right there and that's all I needed to get motivated to make more. I can't do a lot to help but I can do this and I believe that we wills tart lifting stay-at-home orders but we will all continue to wear masks for months to come. In a month or so the supplies will catch up with demand but if I can do something to help in between, I'm happy to.
That's why I only have 2 little bits of fabric news this week. Priorities are a little different for all of us right now.
Fabric of the Week - Daybreak 25% off!
It's possible that I made a mistake and made more of the Daybreak Gradient than I intended. That mistake is your opportunity. For this week only Daybreak is clearance priced at 25% off! This is a beautiful gradient for landscape backgrounds but could also be used to make a simple, but striking, bargello. I'm going to have to make a new baby quilt soon and this might be a great candidate for the quilt.
Sassafras is back!
When I design gradients I simply do them based on colors that I like and I never have any idea which ones will be popular. Autumnal colors are probably my favorite colors and Sassafras was designed during a particularly beautiful autumn display in my back yard. I didn't know it at the time but this is one of the all-time favorite gradients for you too.
It's also a favorite of fiber artist Patricia Caldwell. She has used it several times to represent the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. She used it in this piece with Blue Sky as the clear blue western sky.
Stay safe and have a creative week!
4/7/2020 09:08:05 am
I have also found that I am making a lot more masks than I ever thought I would. My work is having a contest for the best mask once a week until this is over with. The winner gets a $150 gift card! Since I am working from home I don't get to participate, but I am hoping that someone wearing one of my masks wins! That fabric you dyed is gorgeous !
4/8/2020 08:27:32 am
I am so happy that you are finding good homes for your masks. You are doing an amazing job.
4/8/2020 05:59:49 pm
I'm seeing so many bloggers that are making masks - something that is so badly needed everywhere right now. Really wish I could wear one but at least I can make them for those who can.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.