Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Help Out With Your Scraps!

Hi, all!

Wow - what a difference a week makes!  One week ago, I was enjoying using my orphan blocks to make quilts - and I still have one up on the design wall in progress...

But then I started getting phone calls and messages from medical personnel who needed face masks, and wondered if I or some of my quilting buddies could make some for them.  And how could I say no?  So I started researching patterns, found one that seemed to fit the bill (after consultation with the medical professionals) and went on a face mask making binge!

And the best thing about making face masks?  They only take two pieces of fabric, cut 6 x 9, so they are perfect to make from scraps!  I used up a whole pile of 10" squares I had cut from my scrap stash to make those masks shown above, and I have more cut out to make this week.  Monday I posted a tutorial for face masks on the blog if you want to join in the effort.  Just find people in your area who are in need!  Once I started posting pics on Facebook, I had several folks contact me about making some for them, or for their offices.  

Oh, and back on the orphan block quilts - my friend Louise, who blogs at My Quilt Odyssey, has written a post about making quilts from orphan blocks.  Click here to read her very informative article!

If you're not overwhelmed by home schooling like so many moms I know, it's a great time to work on diminishing your scrap stash.  So what are you working on these days?




  1. I too am making masks for two of my sisters in the health care field - more today and then will get them in the mail to both and stay strictly at home which I have mainly been for over a week now anyhow - luckily Arkansas is not too bad yet in my area. Who would have ever thought face mask from quilting fabric.

  2. I was delighted to see Louise's blog featured in your post. I always enjoy seeing the inventive ways she uses orphan blocks. I'm also amazed at how prolific she is in a tiny space. I often think, If I could only photograph my quilts on a boat, they would be more interesting. Instead, I'll just have to enjoy pictures of the beauties she produces.

  3. How kind of you to sew these for medical personnel who have approved them. I am working on a slightly different pattern since I have no elastic or wired ribbon for the nose. But just for DH and myself. Our hospitals aren't taking them now.

  4. Finding fun fabric pieces to make masks for our local small town hospital. Only enough elastic for four, but I have a lot of bias tape for the second version!

  5. I have challenged myself that during COVID 19, I will try to finish 19 UFO's. Not all are quilts, some embroidery, some knitting, some sewing. I am working on potholders and loading a donate quilt on my longarm today. So far have finished off 5 projects.

  6. I've been making them for our local clinic here, and for a women's clinic in Shreveport for a friend that works there. Plus some local family and friends.
    I've made both the pleated and the fitted. It's good to see so many people sewing for a cause!

  7. You are a factory--very much appreciated.

  8. Thanks for both the mask inspiration and the shout out! :)


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