Saturday, May 2, 2020

Are You Stitching?

Hello Friends

Right now most all of us are in some stage of a stay at home order or quarantine.   So I'm wondering if you are stitching and being productive or if you're in the same boat as me.  I seem to flit from one project to another and can't seem to settle on anything that will hold my interest for more than 10 minutes.  It really irritates me that I have all of this time on my hands and can't seem to focus.   I have to tell you that I really admire all of you out there that are plowing through your UFO pile and finishing things.

You already know that there's a whole range of emotions that go along with everything going on.  My friend, Val, sent me a funny message the other day that she found on the internet:

I've joined along with a number of you, and I'm making masks.  The first few I made were from Patriotic fabric.   Then I read an article where batiks were a stronger fabric and would be better to use for masks.  I also read where there should be a different fabric on each side so when someone wears the mask, takes it off, and puts it back on they can tell which side was nearest their face.

If any of you are making masks, you know there is some elastic to be found now, but not much.  At first there wasn't any.  So I pulled out my bias tape maker and made ties.  That is really time consuming.  And you're wondering what the problem was with that because I had the time.   I don't have a good answer for that......      I can tell you that I find the mask making process just a bit depressing.  Some days it's really depressing.   I know that there are people out there that want and need these, so I keep making them.  At first I made a few masks and then I'd make a box of ties with my bias maker and then complete the mask.

The mask part isn't hard to make.   It's simple sewing, ironing in 3 pleats and then top stitching.   After making a bunch with ties, my friend, Rosemary, sent me a couple packages of elastic.  That makes things go so much faster.  She sent me 20 yards so I made 50 masks with that.   I've donated to a lady setting up a homeless shelter in an old hotel, neighbors, relatives, etc. whoever wants or needs them.

I just scored 40 yards of elastic from one of our local quilt shops, so I can finish sewing the 100 masks that I have cut.  I was just about ready to get rid of my batiks before all of this happened because I just never use them.   I'm glad I still had them.  

And then there is food during quarantine.  Do you know how easy it is to wander into the kitchen and just grab something to munch on?   We don't normally even eat bread, but there is just something about being home that makes me want to bake.  I know I'm not alone.   

I thought I was pretty well prepared for all of this.   I watched this virus go through China and then Europe.  I figured we might be in here a week or two, so I bought a few extra things - including toilet paper.  I probably don't need to even tell you about grocery shopping in a pandemic.   I go on line and click the items that I want, drive to the grocery, and someone brings the bags out and loads them in my car.  This whole process is kind of like playing the lottery.   You pick a few things and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.   Either way, I think we are all learning to get by with less (or at least substitutions).

You might know that I wasn't the only one in town that thought making bread sounded like a good idea.  So every time I put yeast on the list, there wasn't any.  Amy and Trudy, friends from Michigan and New Jersey both mailed me a baggie of yeast so I could make bread.  That was really nice, and the bread tastes so good and makes great toast.  The two loaves on the left are banana bread because I don't let bananas go to waste.

That yeast bread above really lopped over the pan edges.  It wouldn't fit in the toaster without trimming it.  So I put a little bit larger bread pan on my grocery order, and it's just the right size.

I've been cleaning and sorting through my sewing room hoping that something will spark joy.   (I couldn't help myself.)   I found a bag of Peanuts fabric that I'd bought to make Christmas stockings to donate to Quilters United.   I used some batting scraps and other Christmas fabric for lining and made 24 stockings.  

One thing I've been doing is counted cross stitch.   I used to do it years ago when it was popular and have some pretty large pieces that I've done.   Here is one I finished a couple weeks ago by Country Cottage Needleworks called Holly Jolly.   My friend Michele gave me several different pieces of the cloth to stitch on.    If I remember right, we called it Hopscotch cloth back in the day.  I found some Christmas fabric in my stash and will make this into a pillow.  

At first I spent a lot of time looking out the window like I was waiting for a space ship to land or something.  Now going down to the grocery to pick up an order is exciting because we get to go on a car ride.  My last time shopping inside a store was March 11.  That trip was to JoAnn fabrics to get some colors of DMC floss and a couple of extra pieces of cross stitch cloth just in case I was in here a week or two.  

Now that I look back on the last couple of months, I wish I would have journaled all of this because we're living in history.   Our state is beginning to open things slowly in 5 phases.  
My age group will be one of the last ones to be turned loose.  So until then, I'll be sitting here on my porch watching the ducks and cross stitching.   Please everyone stay well.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  


  1. I SO can relate to your views!!! I've got all day long to do nothing, but somehow, if I can get meals done & some housework & gardening, that's about most of my attention span limit! I try to quilt every day, but it's just so hard to be creative with so many restrictions....oh well..I keep hearing this will pass..I can only hope sooner than later!!

  2. I'm trying to navigate the same storm and with, basically, the same result as you. I'm working from home during the week and try to get some sewing done in the evening. It's good to hear from you again. Take care. ♥ ;^)

  3. I have to take a break from mask making. Yes, quilting up a storm.

  4. I have 3 grandchildren living here and overseeing their online school work daily leaves me desperate for some alone time. And I am an extrovert! I cannot get too much sewing done because they are sewing I-Spy blocks to make their own quilts. The 2 little ones are 7 and 8

  5. sounds like we have been doing a lot of the same things but after the first two weeks I started to get back to my routine and get busy. I do bake like you and I was lucky I thought about flour and yeast early on and the first two prep shopping's that I did was gather yeast and flour thinking maybe bread would be in short supply - but you know that is one thing I have not found to be in short supply! my state is opening up a bit this week on Monday but I will probably wait until the following week before I start to get out much I want to track the numbers a little bit first and see if they continue to go down or up

  6. I know exactly what you mean about making masks... I have to force myself and dislike every moment of that sewing! But it has to be done, so we sew on....

  7. Oh, LuAnn... your post touched me so deeply. I You have expressed what so many of us have been feeling. For me, yesterday was the worst. I couldn't motivate myself to do anything, not even sew. I was in a daze, literally, all day. Today was better. I picked up groceries today, and was lucky to get almost everything I ordered. It takes a week, so I already put in another order when i got home. I appreciate our grocery store offers this service! I actually baked some cookies last week - that was a mistake! My husband and I take walks every day. I hope you are getting out in the fresh air. Watching the ducks sounds very therapeutic. Keep stitching my dear, and keep looking forward. We are all going through tought times in one way or another, and we'll all get through it.

  8. Your posting certainly has resonated with everyone - love the q-tip to watching squirrels. Evening stitching going on that outdoor weather has arrived to open the potting shed, my focus is out there playing in the dirt. I keep a garden journal every year and 2020 will be one for the books - my entries are much more about how our world is trying to deal with the virus with a few side notes on the fact that I got my onion plants in.Stay well and be safe Luann.

  9. I really enjoyed reading your post this morning. I have similar problems. Can't start anything fun just doing quilting tasks that I really don't enjoy doing. A lot of flitting around and some binge television. Thank you. This too shall pass.

  10. Love your post today. You capture the way that we all are feeling. I just can't seem to focus for more than 30 mins. All this free time on our hands, and like you said, I'm staring out the window watching the daffodils blowing in the breeze !! Your bread sounds wonderful, haven't made bread in quite a while. Yeast and I don't get along too well !! Thanks for the chuckles today.

  11. At least you have a beautiful view, of a river and ducks and ...

  12. Well LuAnn, it seems like Clay and I have been in one crisis after another!! The Virus was just in the middle. Our started with the stupid cataract surgery through a Heart Cath for Clay Friday! Still have to have the Aorta Valve replaced. I lost my quilting desire on New Years Eve when he accidentally shot himself in the left hand - that was really a blessing as after the 2nd hand surgeries in February he had a "heart" incident - very very minor but we got a new Heart Doc - he saved Clay's life - The heart Cath Friday found 1 artery 50% blocked. Waiting on when we can get started on the Aorta Valve Replacement. In the meantime, he is working therapy on the hand which was fixed by a miracle Doctor at Brook Army Medical Center (military) - Major Wilson did perform a miracle. Also BAMC kept telling Clay that they were concerned about his heart murmur.
    SO - when the Virus hit nothing changed here but a 7 week delay on getting his heart fixed - is it 2021 yet?????? Hugs Enjoy the view from your back porch!

  13. This is the most perfect blog post I have read in three months. I absolutely love it and can relate to it all. Thank you for taking the time from looking out the window and mask making to post for us. Take care and please stay well! Judy

  14. Your post resonated with me too, LuAnn - way over on the other side of the world in Australia! All my crafty friends feel the same - so much time on our hands but we have all lost our mojo :-( I have read more books in six months than I have in six years. I found your blog on Prairie Needleworks blog list and you sounded like another soul mate, so here I am. I will be back to read more of your lovely blog soon.
    Gina in Melbourne


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