ATTENTION: This is in place of our May Newsletter
President's Message from Sue Plagge
Greetings All! Boy it seems like it has been forever since we have been together. I miss my quilting buddies! I hope everyone is staying healthy. One good thing about this time of year is that we can get outside and get some sunshine and fresh air.
As we put another month of social distancing behind us I wanted to update you as to what is happening with our Keepsake Guild. Staying safe is a priority for everyone, that being said, Bethlehem Church has made the commitment to stay closed until the end of June. Since this is where we meet, the earliest we will be able to hold a meeting will be July. Being that we haven’t met for a few months, that meeting will look a little different. We will try to catch up on some items that we have had to postpone. Those “items” are still being finalized, but installation of new officers will be one of the first.
I’ll give you more details as to what our July meeting will look like as we get closer to that date. At this time, I just wanted to let you know when we can expect to meet again. Of course the July date is dependent on the church. If they would decide to stay closed even longer that would affect us.
Continue to practice your social distancing and 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.
5/5/2020 Northern Iowa Mask Makers from Cedar Valley Makers, a non-profit organization that runs the maker space in Waterloo, has produced 10,000 face masks using material donated by UNI and local sewing enthusiasts. They are gearing up to produce another 10,000 masks and are fundraising to purchase thousands of yards of material from a fabric wholesaler for $3,000. Donations can be made at https://members.cedarvalleymakers.org/. You can donate material as well as money however the pieces must be at least 21" x 36".
Local sewing sewing enthusiasts who have a sewing machine can sign up to help by going to https://tinyurl.com/yaswmtw4. Volunteers will be allowed to keep 10% of the masks they produce for their own use and to personally distribute another 20% of the masks they produce to community members who are in a high risk group. The remaining 70% of production will be distributed by Cedar Valley Makers.
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