Face Masks for Food ...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Like most of you ... I've been making masks for the past week. 

I made a few to donate to a Seattle-area medical system.  When they said they had enough, I made them for family and dear friends. 

And when the CDC said that face masks were recommended, I started making them to sell in my store. 

But that didn't feel right ... I felt like I was taking advantage of a tragedy ... which just felt icky. 

But then I hit on it.  I am now selling them in my Etsy shop.  I am donating 25% of the purchase price (or $3.75 per mask) to the local food bank in my small community in western Washington.  Further, I am also making masks to donate to the food bank for their clients who can't afford to purchase a face mask.

This Friday I will be selling them for a week, and my goal is to donate $500 and 50 masks.  Currently, I have raised just over $400 and have 23 of the 50 masks made to donate!  So I am on track!

When I called the Director of the food bank last week to tell her what I was doing and ask if she would be able to take the donated masks if I put each of them in a zip-lock bag, she was so overwhelmed that we were both in tears by the time I got off the phone.

A friend of mine volunteered at a Seattle food bank today ... this was her post on Facebook tonight:

Today's dose of perspective brought to you by my shift at the Ballard Food Bank. They've had to switch to drive through and delivery only, meaning clients can no longer "shop" for what they need. A household of 1 - 2 people gets one bag of non-perishable and one bag of fresh food/produce to last a week. My job today was to fill the non-perishable bags. This is what each contained:
  • bottle of coconut water
  • can of fruit
  • can of salmon
  • can of beans
  • can of crushed tomatoes
  • bag of rice
  • bag of lentils
  • bag of oats
  • bag of pitted prunes
  • one "extra" from the miscellaneous stockpile...this could be a bottle of ketchup, a can of sweetened condensed milk, a box of gelatin...most often it looked like all the stuff leftover from people's holiday baking and not particularly practical.
If you are a couple and eat 3 meals a day, that's 42 meals that need to be covered, at least in part, by this bag. I can be honest and say in my very privileged house this wouldn't last that long.

Full transparency, we have long been intermittent supporters of our local food banks.  Giving each year, but periodically, not habitually. 

Watching the news over the past several days, hearing that local food banks have provided 2 to 3X the amount of food in the past 4 weeks as they usually do in an ENTIRE YEAR, it is clear that the need in our communities right now is inprecedented.

Sure, I would love you to purchase a mask from my shop to support my food bank ... but what I would really prefer is that those of you who are able, contact your local food bank and find out how you can help.

I leave you with a smile with a photo of my adorable cousin and her husband.

Stay safe out there!


Christmas Quilt

Monday, December 16, 2019

If you're like me—you've got a stack of holiday fabrics left over from Christmas' past.  Where there's not enough fabric left of an individual pattern to do much with and, oh yeah, the ones that in your scrap bin are from multiple years, so the prints don't exactly coordinate that well together either.

Sound familiar?

Quilt from christmas fabrics sitting in laundry basket on a dining room table

Well, this year I decided to do something about it and created the Christmas Ladders Quilt Pattern which you can download here for FREE.

This quilt does an excellent job using up scraps.  All you need to be able to do is piece together a 2.5" x 62" strip of a single fabric pattern.

photo of multi-colored quilt from christmas fabrics laying on wooden table
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This version uses 26 different fabrics.  But you can certainly repeat some fabrics if you have a larger stash of some.

The best part of this pattern is that it encourages you to use fabrics that you wouldn't normally use together, by creating groupings of more cohesive fabrics.  Adding scraps from solids is also a great way to build it out.

multicolored christmas quilt spread on a brown couch

This is a simple, fast, and—did I mention—FREE pattern for you to use this holiday season, next year or to attack some of your non-holiday scrap stash during the winter doldrums ...

Happy Holidays!


Table Runner

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Saturday musings ... eclectic is probably the best way to define our home (I used to call it transitional until a client asked me for a "transitional fabric" and I looked it up and decided, we are definitely NOT transitional (though I love that look too).

Anyway, back to today's topic ... when we built it in 2009, it was a weekend place—and we furnished it with hand-me-downs and Craigslist finds.  I was all for going with more traditional pieces believing they would add a bit of character to a cabin that was a bit on the modern side. In fact, this was actually when I decided to learn to quilt ... little did I know quilting would become an obsession 😀.

In our dining room, the welsh dresser was an eBay find, the chairs came two different from Craigslist buys (my husband painted them all gray to make them a little more cohesive and make the captain chairs a tad more attractive), the rug is a hand-me-down from his mum and the super-heavy, trestle table is from a small, home-gifts store where it was used to showcase items, they were remodeling and sold it to me for $200 👏👏👏 (Oh, and yes, those are IKEA Billy Bookshelves peaking in from the hallway on the right which I blogged about here).  

Fast forward a few years and the cabin is now our full-time home and we also integrated some of our mid-century modern furniture when we sold our Seattle house and settled out here.  

So last week, I was making these awnings for a client.  

I use my dining room table to cut fabric for awnings and when I was trimming this fabric to center the print on the awnings, I ended up with a strip of fabric that looked down-right cool in the center of my table.  

After it sat on the table for a day and the edges didn't really seem to fray, I trimmed it up and created a little runner for the welsh dresser.  

I'm sure it won't last forever, but it's a great addition to the room, brightens it up a bit and  kinda makes it look like it belongs.  

I also love that that sometimes you can find something that you love completely out of the blue.

Hope you're having a great weekend and for those of you making your holiday gifts, that your production line is going well!


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