However, face masks are the new reality. And when our local hospital asked for fabric masks to be made, of course I stepped up. I emailed in response to an article in the newspaper asking for help, and they delivered this package to my mailbox. It contained elastic, instructions and (ugly) donated fabric.
The first couple masks that I made didn't turn out great. I didn't understand the pleating technique, but then I watched the Sweet Red Poppy video and started sewing it exactly the way Kimberly does. The quality of my construction greatly improved after that!
There has also been a lot of discussion about whether these masks are a good idea or not. Of course they are not equivalent to N95 masks, but given a choice between nothing (zero protection), or a homemade fabric product that is hopefully at least 70% effective, I'll take 70 over zero any day.
|package of face masks ready to be delivered
I'll probably make a few more just to have around and hope my family never has to use them. But truthfully sewing these masks brought a lot of negative energy into my sewing room and I am happy to be back in the quilting zone again.
Unity here I come...of course, you all knew I was going to be starting the new mystery quilt! LOL