|medical cap pattern pieces|
And even once I learn the process of making a new item, I still dislike it, and the whole time I'm doing it, the quilter part of my brain is yelling "I just want to make a quilt"!
|What even it this?!?!|
|Uh oh... I don't think this hole should be here!|
UGH I really can't stand it!
The entire time I feel stressed, and worried about my family and everyone, and I'm angry that professionals don't have the supplies they need to safely do their jobs. It feels like everything that is wrong in the world right now is in my sewing room.
Ahh... that's so much better. Little squares of fabric perfectly organized and ready to make into something flat and easy to sew!
I made masks for my delivery drivers yesterday. Made a mess of my sewing room and exhausted myself. Go sew some tiny squares you’ll feel better.
Understand how you feel about mask making when you’d rather be piecing. Yet, the need for masks can’t be ignored. I prefer the non-elastic style. The Crafty Quilter has a nice pattern with ties. Lorrie Nunemaker has same style and shows how you can make assembly line style. Good idea on taking a mask break, putting supplies away and calming oneself. Take care.
Don’t do it, Kathy. If it is not flowing, just let it go. Hugs! You don’t need any more stress!
Buttons on on the sides to hang the mask is a brilliant idea! Quilters are so inventive. I make it a point to make sure I use my regular sewing foot vs. my quarter inch foot when sewing garments and such to "get my brain in the mood."
I feel the same way. Even in the quilting department, I prefer no pressure right now.
I did masks for a bit. But now I have switched back to quilts. Donation quilts that can comfort someone. Hopefully Covid stays away from us. But I will have quilts ready if needed.
I too, am not a seamstress so I have not made any masks. I think it is just part of the 'if I make them then it is too real and more stressful' so I am opting out. Hopefully all the quilting vibes are back into the sewing room and it is a happy place again.
I am so identifying with your emotions about trying to sew something other than quilting. Even though the masks are needed, sewing them doesn't give the pleasure of making quilting blocks. Maybe it has something to do with putting the colors together. Anyway, I totally know how you feel as we look forward to better times.
I am not any kind of seamstress or garment sewer either, Kathy.
I made masks for my entire family so far; it took me forever to find a pattern I could understand..never mind like doing!
So, I wouldn't stress--you've done enough--I agree don't stress yourself--we have enough stressors out there. ~ ~ ~ waving from julierose
As each of us does what we can, do what reduces your stress not what increases it. We have more weeks of this ahead, so I am starting another large quilt to take up the time. I've done what masks I can, and am concentrating on other charity sewing now - placemats for Meals on Wheels shut in seniors, and more Safelight cases for the next round of bags.
I've made about 40 masks so far, and at first, I didn't much like doing them. I did find a tute that works for me, and I do the masks assembly-line, so they go faster.
I need a break so I thought I'd quilt today. But I've done so many hours of sewing that I'm not going near the machine.
I just want to quilt, but the need in New Jersey is beyond words. Next to New York, we are badly hit. Still, if I burn out, then no masks will be made, so I'm celebrating the first 2 days of Passover by not making any masks. Knitting, here I come.
I have had enough stress just trying to make a mask or two for myself. I commend those sewers and quilters who are doing this for hospitals and nursing homes. Keep up the good work��
Yep...I can soooo relate. I keep thinking "I just want to quilt!!!" And then I feel guilty that I'm not doing enough to help. I am setting a short term deadline for my sanity...this weekend will be sewing for me.
It's SEW nice to do a good deed! However, we also need to feed our soul (with quilting!) along the way to making those useful items for others.
I also read a post where they are putting buttons on the sides of headbands to hang the masks. I sympathize with the negative energy in your quilting room. Uggh.. I've only made a few masks so far and it puts me in a very bad mood. Hope you can be finished up for awhile now and get back to the things that make you smile!
I've been trying to figure out why because governments at every level and hospitals and public health officials have fallen down on their jobs of protecting us, that it is now the responsibility of quilters and sewists everywhere to save the world. It's okay if you need to step back and destress. You'll be healthier by taking care of yourself and your family.
Maybe just a head band would be easier to do? Here's a link for simple scrub cap and head band where you add buttons to attach any kind of mask. Hope this will alleviate your stress and still help your family.
Hang in there. We will survive this. Take care! ♥ ;^)
P.S. This is a mask that ties around the head and it is shaped to mold the face better. If I was closer I would gladly help you with this. Good luck.
Thanks for posting your frustration. It was so real. I was a seamstress long before I started quilting but I find myself avoiding even the simple jobs of garments sewing now. I can still do it (I've made everything from beading wedding dresses to Power Ranger Costumes) but I don't find the satisfaction in it that I used to. I have yet to make a mask. So you're doing a lot better than me (or is it I?).
You are definitely not alone in your frustrations. I got asked to make some masks. How hard could it be. Fabric was cut and elastic added. Very simple except I was on my own to figure out how to do them. No instructions so I winged it. They are basic and almost useless but might save one of two people. They are for the small stores that are still open in our town.
I now know I will never work a production line....hated doing the same thing over and over and over! But wait that is what I am doing with my quilts but they are much prettier when finished!! Hang in there friend.
I am making masks for my friends who are doing health care with no protection and for the neighbors. I can only do a few at a time because I find it depressing. So I make and send then sew for fun...etc. Now I am out of elastic..reading in the sun...
I made about 15 masks and I agree they made me very stressed! So back to my slow stitches and some reading!
I never learned how to make clothes, either. Not my thing. I can do the masks. I had one lady ask me about making caps, and sent me a pattern. The pattern was for a kids size cap. After I pointed that out, she found some at a shop near here, and bought those instead. Win-win for all of us (I was dreading making caps). I haven't stitched anything quilt related in a couple of weeks now. I really miss it, too.
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