ATTENTION: This is in place of our April Newsletter
Greetings All! First and foremost, I hope everyone is staying healthy during this uncertain time. I have communicated with the board through email, and we wanted to keep you informed of our situation as much as we can. I was told that at this time Bethlehem Church, which is where we meet, will be closed until May 8. There is always a possibility of that date changing to even later. Keeping that timeline in mind, we are looking at May or possibly June as our next guild meeting. I will keep you informed as I know more.
This means everything will need to be pushed back. Membership dues will be extended, Golden Needle and Thimble nominations and awards will be delayed, and showing your President’s challenge projects will take place later. We may also need to wait to install new officers, so that gives you a chance to volunteer for one of the vacant positions, which is Program Chair and Newsletter Elect! (Did you see how I cleverly worked that in!)
I have also talked with Sandy Waters, who is chairing our quilt show, and she along with the board has decided it would be best if we postpone our quilt show for a year. There are just too many unknowns at this time, and time is what we need to have a great quilt show. The good news is that you will have another year to get those beautiful quilts finished for the show!
I know as quilters it is not easy for us to be apart from other quilters because we are a social group, but that is the wisest and safest thing for us to do. You can keep your creativity going; it just has to be at your own home. Share with friends and fellow quilters on Facebook or text. Just think of the fantastic “Show and Tell” we will have the next time we meet!
I will keep you informed about our situation when I know more.
Stay safe everyone!
If anyone has updates or wants me to post something on our website, please email me.
Also I am posting info as I receive it. So if you see anything I have posted that is incorrect and/or have other or additional information that is pertinent, Please be sure to let me know.
I received a request from Deb R. for face masks for Harmony House in Waterloo.
They need the standard 9X6 masks with the 3 pleats on the side. They have about 75 but need 225. Don't drop them at Harmony House but Please contact myself or Deb Reuter for drop off information. - Laura R via Deb
FACE MASK REQUEST INFORMATION for Mercy One and People's Clinic
Different places may request different style of masks.
Alert: MercyOne had a sign on the colleagues door saying they were no longer distributing the kits. No explanation or indication of future availability. It may be a good idea to check each facility's needs on a day to day basis to determine if you should make the trip.
Additionally, I have heard from a couple people today that MercyOne is not accepting home made masks at this time. So please check with someone before you continue to make masks just for them.
Cedar Valley Hospice house in Waterloo was accepting masks this morning. They didn't specify guidelines on their needs.
I have received some ideas from gals that are already making face masks, if you don't have 1/4 inch elastic, try elastic headbands found at dollar tree or pony tail holders or anything else you may think will work. You may have to experiment.
Here are some written instructions or see links below these instructions for requests:
Outer layer: Tightly woven, non-stretch fabric, fabric must be new/unworn
Lining fabric: can be the same as outer layer or line cotton-blend fabric which an be softer and thinner than outer fabric. For example, Muslin material works well.
Two 6" pieces of 1/4" elastic for ear loops and/or use material to make ties. Some substitutions are elastic headbands cut into 6 inch pieces or perhaps pony tail holders could work.
Cut the elastic into 6" pieces
Cut fabric into 6” x 9” squares of the outer layer material.
Cut fabric into 6” x 9” squares of the lining material.
You are ready to sew. Use a ¼” inch seam allowance
Take 1 piece of outer layer material and 1 piece of lining material
Start on the long edge of the material about half way. You will be leaving about 2 inches of unfinished space to turn the mask right side out.
As you sew to the end, put one of the pieces of elastic on the corner at an angle, and sew through it. Ensure the elastic is between the right sides of the material. Turn to sew the short edge. Before coming to the corner, place the other end of the elastic between the right sides and sew over the three layers.
Note: the elastic pieces should end up on the inside.
Sew the other long end. Place the other piece of elastic angled at the corner, sew and turn, then placing the other end of the elastic at the last corner. Turn to finish the other long side, keeping the 2 inch opening.
Turn the mask right side out. Pin the open hole so you can sew it shut in the next step.
Now it is time to pleat the sides. Do a ½ inch pleat on each end and then a pleat in the middle, so you will have a total of 3 pleats. Pin those pleats and repeat on the other short end. Sew around the entire mask edge. Sew around a second time reinforcing the edges where the elastic is located.
The face mask is complete!
ercy One Face Mask Tutorial
The type of material is explained in link below.
1) Here is link with article and video from Mercy One which also includes how to get it to them.
2) Below is a document ,face_mask3, from people's clinic with a picture of one pattern they requested but using elastic headbands. Try using pony tail holders or anything else you think might work.
People's Health told me she will accept the ones from video above as well. I sent her the video yesterday for approval.
Here is contact info for Peoples Health clinic.
Community Relations Specialist
Peoples Community Health Clinic
905 Franklin Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone - (319) 874-3105
Website - www.peoples-clinic.com
3) Here is download for the pattern for Unity Point. I know this shows Cedar Rapids but I think it may also be for Allen. If anyone knows different, I will gladly change it.
Here is the download for the pattern:
Here is the download for the pattern:
Below is the information from Dode Westendorf. It is a gives the formulas for creating side triangles and corner triangles for diagonal sets. if your square you need ends up being a hard size to create such 8 7/16, round up to the nearest quarter or half inch for the square size, then when placing in the row, you can cut off the excess. Questions? Ask Dode for further information.
stars_and_bars_material_list.pdfMarch workshop: Stretch Stars and Bars with Cathy Busch, see pictures below and material list