Friday, 22 May 2020

I haven't blogged here for a very long while - but now with all the time on my hands, and the craziness going on in the world, I have decided to try and resuscitate the Little House Creations blog.  Not to say I haven't been doing a lot of quilting in the past few years - I have - and I'll post  about them soon.  First off tho, I thought I would share my version of the cloth mask.  There are plenty of patterns out there, and they are all good, but this design is just a bit different than most. I am not taking any credit for the pattern as I got it from a You Tube video from Japan - with just a little change with the elastic.  These masks aren't real big - but big enough to cover the nose and mouth which is what you want.

So, here's my little tutorial in pictures - forgive me for not being computer savvy enough to make a video - old fashioned photos will just have to work for now 😀

Here's what I need to get started (clockwise from top right corner) 

  • Pattern template
  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric cut to 6" x 9" (approx)
  • crochet hook
  • rotary cutter and ruler
  • pressing mat and iron
  • elastic - 30 - 32" approx
  • glue stick

Fold the two pieces of fabric right sides together and place on top of each other.  Place the fabric template on top of the fabric aligning the edge along the folded edge (as shown).  I put a small amount of glue on the back side of the template to hold it in place instead of pins.

Using the rotary ruler and cutter, cut around the template.  For a medium sized mask, I cut 1/4" larger than the template.

 Keeping the pieces right sides together, sew a 1/4" seam along the short diagonal edges for each piece - this shapes the mask for the nose and chin.

Fold over about 1/8" along the side edge of the mask piece and sew to secure

Repeat for each piece, then layer the pieces together right sides together.  You can pin or clip if you want - I usually don't but thought it would look good for the photo 😏

Starting with just one side, sew both pieces together using a 1/4" seam - backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.  Make sure to keep the seam allowance of the centre "darts" going the opposite direction to reduce bulk.

 Press the first seam open.

Turn piece wrong sides together and press first seam flat

Turn piece right sides together again and stitch second seam using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Backstitch at beginning and end of seam.

Press second seam open

Turn piece right sides out (through the side ends)

Press the second seam flat 

Make the casing for the elastic by stitching about 1/2" from the edge of the top of the mask - backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam - DO NOT CUT THE THREAD.  With the needle down, turn the mask and continue sewing the side closed using a narrow seam.  I guess if you were using some kind of a filter you could leave that side seam open and insert the filter there.  Stop at about 1/2" from the end.  Leave the needle down and turn to continue sewing the casing on the bottom of the mask.  Don't forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of this seam. The reason I say this is because this is where the elastic will be coming through and stressing that seam.  Continue until back at the edge of the top casing (do not sew the casings shut at the ends)  Sorry I missed those pictures

That's it - the sewing is done.  This all takes about 10 minutes.  Now I usually give it a good press to make sure the dart seams are OK.  

Easy peasy - right?  Now I usually wash the mask before putting the elastic through.

The mask is washed, dried and pressed - and ready for the elastic.  I use about 30" to 32"- which I know is a lot more than some but it makes for a snug fit.  Using a crochet hook, thread the elastic piece through the top of the mask and then the bottom.

Size the elastic around the ears of the user and close the loop with a knot.  This is why I don't put the elastic in before washing the mask as it needs to be "sized".  The knot can be pulled through and hidden inside the casing so it doesn't hurt the ears.

Once the mask is over nose and mouth, a gentle tug on both sides of the elastic will tighten the mask around the face. (kind of like the oxygen masks in the airline safety video)

.... and it's reversible!!! (after washing of course!)

Monday, 24 July 2017

That's a first . . . well, actually second ;)

Well, who knew . . . I finally got up the courage to enter a quilt for judging - the Calgary Stampede Arts and Crafts competition  .  .  . and it got a second place ribbon in its category!  I'm flattered!!!

This particular quilt was my second attempt at the Taos pattern by Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs.  The first time I made it was more a "dry run" as I knew this was going to be a challenging piece and I wanted to get it just right.  To see the first version, click here - that was back in 2012!!

When I decided to make it again, it was for my daughter's wedding gift - that wedding was in 2014 - so you see, I am always a bit behind!!  Anyway, I did my best to make sure all the points matched -

and then took a long time to decide on the quilting .... lots of pictures to follow!

Autumn Celebration - back

Autumn Celebration - back

Autumn Celebration - back

I didn't get a picture of it hanging at the Stampede - but here was the result -

The judges comments were to "watch my starts and stops" (I know, I'm lazy about that) and that maybe if the border was bigger ....(not sure about that one) - all in all a worthwhile challenge and I really, really am flattered!

The lazy hazy days of summer are upon us - but I have found time to tackle a few of my own quilt tops that have been hanging around for a long time now . . . until next time - Happy Quilting from the Little House.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

WOW! Urban Owl wool applique quilt

I was on a roll with applique quilts this spring - this one was just stunning - the piecing, again, just perfection.  I have such great customers!

Urban Owl - a Wendy Williams design.  Glenna pieced this amazing, fun, colorful quilt!

There are so many great fabrics and colours here - the flowers, cats and owls are wool applique.  I outlined all the applique pieces, and did quite a bit of SID in the other blocks and then used different fills to finish it off . . .  have a look. (I know there's a lot of pictures, but I just couldn't help myself!)  Hobbs 80/20 batting; Glide thread.

Urban Owls - before quilting

Urban Owls - starting on the top edge

Urban Owls

Urban Owls - "under the needle"

Urban Owls - Flying Geese

Urban Owls - starburst

Urban Owls

Urban Owls - bottom border

Urban Owls - centre wool applique flowers

Urban Owls

Urban Owls - hanging with Freeda

Urban Owls - complete

Urban Owls

Such a fun quilt - thanks, Glenna, for trusting me to quilt it for you!

The Calgary Stampede is over for another year . . . but look what I have to remember it by . . . next post "Autumn Celebration"!

Until next time - "YAHOO" from the Little House.

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