Sunday, April 5, 2020

Every Little Mask Helps

I am sewing Personal Use Fabric Masks.

I am using two layers or washed 100% tight woven quilting cotton.

I am using this

Easy DIY Fabric Mask Pattern 

Deaconess Hospital, Boston

They also have a
Free Mask Pattern with Tie Backs

I am adding a nose wire pocket
and making one deep chin tuck pleat
and a smaller ear tuck pleat.
This makes the mask more comfortable to wear.
I may make button headbands next.

My husband and I both need a larger mask.

I am cutting 7.5" by 11" rectangles of top fabric and white lining fabric.
My elastics are cut at 5"

I have found online that if you cut the filter lining from a clean, unused
vacuum cleaner bag you can add an inner liner layer that is N95 equivalent.
It does make the mask warmer and less breathable.

Making and wearing personal use masks from materials I have at home
helps me to feel that I am helping others.

There are many, many mask patterns on the web.

May you find one that works for you and ...

... sew many masks.

Every little mask helps.

May you and yours be well and safe and calm.


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020

Bind This Quilt ~ OMG April 2020

Note to Self: Time to Bind this Quilt

was finished in 2018.

The Quilting Completed Here in June of 2019.

For awhile I did not have the right binding fabric.
So it slid toward the bottom of my to-do pile.
I found the green barbed wire fabric on sale awhile back.
No more excuses.

Time to bind this quilt!

Binding this quilt is my

What is your goal for the month?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I Like Thursday # 49 ~ A Day in the Scrapatch

Our pansies are still in pots, braving wind and rain and snow and temperatures in the 20s.
I have them on my back porch tucked up against the house for shelter.
Soon as it stops raining ... in a day or two ... I will fill my window boxes
and they will lift their pretty faces to the sun.

Nutmeg enjoyed a patch of sun yesterday morning 
that the new storm door that Mr Scrapatch installed
lets in to warm our kitchen.

Kitty practiced proper social distancing from the neighbor cat
who came peeking up the steps at her.
Nutmeg howled and sent him scurrying home.
My indoor kitties do not like to see those pesky outdoor cats in our yard.
The sun soon gave way to clouds and I had to close up the house.

The forsythia is valiantly trying to brighten the gray gloom of afternoon 
As it is just starting to open it will be gorgeous in a few days when the sun shines.

To warm the house I turned on the oven and baked banana bread in my squares pan.

This wonderful Banana Bread recipe

from Simply Recipes can be found HERE

I dressed these little cakes up for dessert, 
I made a thin glaze of powdered sugar, milk and a drop of vanilla.

A day in the scrapatch would not be complete without some fabric play.
I am making progress on my Tula Pink quilt.

Maestro took over my sewing chair to help the sewing along.

Lately I have been thinking of using some of my fabric to dress up me ... 

my bedtime book as been this interesting read.

Tired for her busy day being the on duty watch cat, 
Nutmeg is curled up against my leg at midnight.
Maestro is there, too, hidden behind the book.
My kitties are very snuggly.

This book may be found here
on Amazon 

It is written in a very "conversational" style by a life-long garnet maker and teacher,
whose grandmother was an Edinburgh tailor.
I confess I did not know what a "tailor's tack" was before opening this book.

As well as useful information, it is filled with fun anecdotes.
This one made me laugh ... "you make her round" ... lol! 

I am linking up today with the lovely
I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

May you enjoy the small things in life
and my you and yours be well and safe.


 Morning Update:

Sally posted a link to a video of her Guinea Pigs playing.

They are cute little critters.

My black cat Maestro saw them scamper across the screen ...

Here is a video of kitty watching the guinea pigs.

At the end she looks behind the monitor to see if the are there.

Here is a still photo, if you cannot view the video.

Maestro is my "computer kitty."


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Sew Sampler Sewing ~ March Box 2020

It was another rainy sewing day today.

We have snow in the forecast for tonight as the temperature dips.

I also washed floors and cleaned house today as I do every Monday.
I also started my spring closet reorganization,
putting away the warm fleece and taking out the t-shirts and capris.

These days, though, I seem more obsessive about sanitizing door knobs 
and locks and outside handles.

The pretty fabrics and colors soothed my quilty soul.
This one was sew lovely to work with.
The colors seem to glow on the background,
which appears gray but may have a touch of blue.
The photo does not do this fabric justice.

Nor does the one in the shops ...

This is 
available at in the link at Fat Quarter Shop 
and other fine fabric shops. 
It is a big seller and keeps going in and out of stock. 

This was in the 

All the box goodies in the link above.

This was a fun box to open.
I also bought the finishing kit this month.
Usually I do not but the finishing kits but I am glad I did because it had this
seed sprinkled fabric goodness in the finishing kit.

My quity kitties and I have been having fun with this one.

I have been a Sew Sampler box subscriber for three years 
and I love receiving this surprise package each month,
but April may be my last box.
I have so many of these kits that I have yet to sew
that I need to catch up and maybe sell or give away some of them.
Spring is a time to weed so new growth may occur.

Tonight is still a warm fleecey, quilty night, though.

May you be warm and safe and well in your own quilty place.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Sunday Scrappy Sewing

Sunday was a scrappy sort of day here in The Scrapatch.
While the rain dripped outside, I played inside with the pretty fabric.

Today these pretty new fabrics called to me.

These pretties are

I cut all the fabrics for a new quilt.

The I decided to do some improv sewing with some of the smallest scraps.

Soon I had this mini quilt made from the scraps from the box.

The I picked out some more scraps and sewed some more.

An hour later I had a finished an improv mini quilt.

I found a scrap piece of batting and some of my older Tula Pink scraps
for the back and binding.

This mini quilt is Quilty Kitty Approved! 

What have you been sewing this weekend?

May you and yours be well and safe <3 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

One Monthly Goal For March ~ Finished!

This was the fabric pull for a very fun to design and make pillow.

This pillow cover was designed by my daughter 
and sewn by me an together we created this
 Free-For-Personal-Use-Only-Pattern ... 


I have also posted a series of 

Thanks to all who have followed along on my Star Wars quilty journey.

Thanks to 
for helping me with my goal setting this year. 

May your quilty place be your refuge
 and may you and yours be well. 


Saturday, March 28, 2020

My DrEAMi Moment for March

The squirrels outside have been enjoying an early spring here 
and have been chasing each other up and down and all around
the trees in our backyard.
My indoor quilty kitties have spent hours watching
squirrel-vision out the windows. 

The quilty ideas have been squirreling around with my quilty muse.

I know you have seen a lot of this little guy on my blog this month,
but he is getting a few more posts.

On review, I realized he was very much my
  "Drop Everything and Make it" project of the month.

sitting on my cutting table 
with a squirrel running around in my head to 
make them into a pillow to send to My Girl.

It feels like a long time since I visited her last December and
have been feeling far away from my daughter
who is feeling far away from family
while my SIL is serving his country overseas
and wanted to do something with her. 

Somehow this lead to our writing a quilt block pattern together and

was created.

I see porgs and droids and yoda in that basket but no squirrels,
There are no squirrels in Star Wars, I guess.
Star Wars needs a squirrel critter ... maybe next series? 

I have squirreled off topic.

This is a Free-For-Personal-Use-Only-Pattern

I have also posted a series of 

~ ~ ~ 

I am also giving my February DrEAMi! Moment another smile... 

Life in the Scrapatch made this Sweet Lily Cushion

Thank you, 
for hosting and posting.

I hope to see you joining us in the Linky Part this month.

Be well and safe <3 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Some Things to Smile About

This patch of crocus in my backyard has lifted their blooms to the sun. 

I am making progress on my sunflower sewing.

Mr Scrapatch, Bounty Hunter,
brought home the bounty.
(We are not hoarders; we really needed these
and we shared with our neighbor. )

I made cupcakes to celebrate.
They are (l-r)
Mango Tango,
Chocolate Pudding Cups,
Vanilla Sprinkles,
and Rum Butter Pecan.

I had Mango Tango.
filled and topped with some jam from a jar of organic goodness.


May you and yours be well and safe
and enjoying the little joys of life.