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Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on April 6, 2020 at 4:04pm

Just looked at all the possible options for borders on the you Elizabeth, I love the pieced and applique borders.  It appears that you can buy the precut applique, takes 4 sets at about $30 each....maybe I will try to make my own, but I need to work on more masks first and my Winter Memories PHD.  Here is a look at what I have put together so far, hope to finish today.  Used only scraps.  Hope all are staying safe and healthy.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on April 6, 2020 at 11:10am

I don't think that the applique and pieced border  patterns were included.  Were you able to print them, Riana?

Working on my 12 th mask.

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 6, 2020 at 9:44am

Just L♡VE the applique and pieced border versions of the LBQ mystery quilt finale! Glad l saved the patterns for a future quilt.

Today l'm finishing masks for grandkids , dd & sil. Then on to the grandd's bed quilt. Very cold out but sunny. Ifit warms up at noon, l'll go finish raking out final 2 gardens. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on April 6, 2020 at 8:58am

I've made 9 masks so far and have 3 more in the ready to be pleated stage.  4 were made with the ties attached down the sides and the others following Jennie Doan's video for a tie mask with the ties attached down the sides.  Jennie's way is the easiest.

Comment by Kris Howell on April 6, 2020 at 7:53am

Copied this morning from an article in The New York Times:

"The best-performing designs were a mask constructed of two layers of high-quality, heavyweight “quilter’s cotton,” a two-layer mask made with thick batik fabric, and a double-layer mask with an inner layer of flannel and outer layer of cotton.

Bonnie Browning, executive show director for the American Quilter’s Society, said that quilters prefer tightly woven cottons and batik fabrics that stand up over time. Ms. Browning said most sewing machines can handle only two layers of fabric when making a pleated mask, but someone who wanted four layers of protection could wear two masks at a time.

Ms. Browning said she recently reached out to quilters on Facebook and heard from 71 people who have made a combined total of nearly 15,000 masks. “We quilters are very much in the thick of what’s going on with this,” said Ms. Browning, who lives in Paducah, Ky. “One thing most of us have is a stash of fabric.”

The link to the whole article is here, and there is a paragraph on using HEPA filter material, with the warning that breathing those fibers might cause problems later.  I guess it depends on if you are in a high contagion zone, or not.

Stay safe, ladies!

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 5, 2020 at 9:31pm

I forgot to mention that there's unwoven interfacing between layers of mask, and pipe cleaner in top to shape to nose. There's a dart at center bottom that doesn't show. Batik was my fabric of choice because it's so tightly woven.

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 5, 2020 at 9:28pm

Here's my own personal mask made from a pattern on the thangles quilt blog. It really fits well ( you put loop over head with iside of mask facing up, then tie top/ bow). I like this style best, as l wear hearing aids. Now l'm making one for each grandchild plus their parents, but with the ear elastic. I found when splitting elastic you must cut very carefully, and avoid " crossing the grooves" to keep it from unravelling. Daughter says hers fits better than her purchased cloth one. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 4, 2020 at 8:39pm

Barbara, not all have fibreglass. The video l saw was narrated by a doctor, his wife made the pattern. I'm sure he wouldn't wear something too dangerous to his lungs.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 4, 2020 at 4:23pm

Sorry Kris, you were the one who metioned the fiber glass.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 4, 2020 at 4:18pm

I watched the tutorial on Shabby Chic. They put a piece of none woven interfacing inside 2 pieces of cotton. I was wondering can a person breath?  Also wondered about the hepa. Can a person breath? Protected from the virus but die of suffication. Just kidding!! I also thought it sounded safe until Zoe mentioned fiberclass.


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