This is all I did today
I made all 40 masks yesterday and that's all I did! Some have elastic and some have ties. The only thing that determines that is what I have. All the bias tape I'm using came from my Aunt's sewing stash. She gave me all her sewing supplies over 10 years ago and she passed last August. I think she would be happy to know that it's being used. After the CDC FINALLY recommending people wear cloth masks I expect these to come in high demand. Everyone will be looking for a sewing friend. We're now the cool kids.
I also made my first trip to Walmart. We go to the store once a week and this time it was my turn. I wear the mask and nitrile gloves (my dyeing gloves). Id' say about 30% of people had on some sort of protection. They had toilet paper (I didn't need any) but the stock was still low. How much toilet paper do we need? I hope Purel is back in stock in the next month. We have enough to last till then. The surprise out-of-stock item is frozen peaches. We haven't been able to find them anywhere but I think I'll be able to survive without them. Otherwise the customers were being nice to the employees and the employees were being nice to the customers. Early morning is the best time to go.
I've been thinking a lot about what kind of long term changes we will see after this is all over. I think companies will embrace telecommuting in a big way. Why pay for expensive real estate when all you need to do is buy the employee a laptop and cell phone? My nephew who works in purchasing and inventory has no desire to go back and work in the office.
Speaking of embracing. As a short person I've always hated business and casual social hugging. I'm down with hugging my family and that's it. I may like you a lot but I don't want to hug you but it's become something even done in the business world. I think that's OVER and no one will be happier than this short girl.
This weekend I'll be starting a new project. Yay! I hope you have a safe and wonderful weekend.
4/3/2020 12:29:09 pm
I would like to know which mask pattern you are making?
4/4/2020 06:34:50 am
Having worn masks while working I much preferred a smaller elastic. wider elastic can make your ears sore. So I made tied ones. I used 1.5 in width of fabric and folded both sides in about a 1/4 in and pressed it down and then top stitched it. No sense in using biase tape. Specially if it keeps me from having to buy something
4/4/2020 09:23:27 am
Gosh you are fast! It took me all afternoon yesterday to make just 7 masks!
4/4/2020 09:44:55 am
Wow, you are speedy, but then, I think that it's your nature to accomplish as much as you possibly can, so you don't waste time. That's an admirable quality, and I admire you for that, and wish I were more like that. I am another short person, having lost 5 inches due to vertebrae problems, and it makes it difficult to reach things in cabinets and closets. My thought on hugging is, that I couldn't live without being able to hug my family, especially all the little ones that fill our lives with so much joy. There are many people who don't like hugging, and we have a couple of them in our family, so we respect their wishes. I went to Aldi yesterday, proudly wearing my mask, and was surprised to see how few were wearing one, although they all heeded the distance rule, which I though was impressive. Enjoy your day Vicki, and I know you will keep safe.
4/6/2020 10:02:08 am
Your masks are so pretty! I sorta got popular this weekend too ( for masks) sigh... glad your store was being so nice! Its fun to appreciate the people working so hard!
4/8/2020 05:52:21 pm
I ran out of bias tape and am now making my own ties. The absolute worst part is having to press them - mind numbing and back breaking.
4/10/2020 09:44:41 am
It is hard to imagine all the ways life will change, but I'm definitely with you on the hugging part. Handshaking is also gone for the foreseeable future, which is not something I would miss either. Like Mary Anne commented, I found making ties was the most tedious part of mask making. I ordered elastic from a website that apparently has not connected on-line sales to the on-line inventory because they said it was "in stock." My mask-making is on hold until I can get some.
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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.