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Comment by QuiltDragon yesterday

Sheila, it sounds like your company is doing it's best to keep things clean and under control. Friday I had to go to the post office - they had notices all over, red tape boxes on the floor so we could keep our distance + the workers behind the desk had masks, gloves & a plastic hanging between them & customers. I understand your concern about Heather & Yazzi. I hope they're safe.

Comment by Sheila Craft yesterday

I was prepared to help out with making masks but, what the CDC guidelines say is not what every one wants. Saw a video with one using Hepa Vaccuum bags - those are pretty expensive and certainly couldn't be washed or heat sterilized. Others using elastic, some with ties - about the only thing they all have in common are pleats. Read where Jo-Ann's was giving out precut kits for free - pick up and drop off at their locations but, only 10 per day and not every Jo-Ann's. With the lack of leadership coming out of D.C., there's just no clear direction even for something as simple as a mask. Here in Ohio, Batelle has made a sterilizer for the N95 masks and has asked the FDA to fast-track the approval, per our Governor. One sterilizer is en-route to NYC, I'm told. If that can be approved, it would be a real game-changer, IMHO.

Believe it or not, I'm not doing much in the way of sewing/ME. I pulled out some blocks I've not put together and am very slowly working my way through them. Work is keeping me hopping weekdays - although I expect that it will dwindle some. They've already furloughed 5 salaried folks. I think this is going to go on for longer than many expect and I may end up with more time on my hands. I'm not looking to be laid off because there's still daily banking to be done but, it could come to that. It's Heather & Yazi I worry about. Heather is considered "essential" as she's a notary and works in documents for JP Morgan Chase. Currently, she has to go to the office 3 days a week and work from home the other 2. With Yazi being only 3, she's still going to her sitter. The sitter has Lupus so, I'm pretty sure she's being very conscientious about cleanliness and staying home. It's Heather's work situation that concerns me. While on lockdown, Chase is giving them free lunches in the onsite cafeteria. Heather even said she got yelled at by the cafe staff as they thought she was too close to someone else in line - LOL - Good for Them! So, they're taking it seriously. My plant is down to producing 1 product for the customer who has been deemed essential. The cleaning crew is constantly on the move disinfecting. 

Comment by QuiltDragon yesterday

Janet, I found a bunch of UFO's yesterday when I had the bright idea of looking through my boxes in the storage room. Either I'm crazy or will be super happy with a bunch of new quilts & throws. I'll go to my studio later this morning & decide what to do for the April & try not to be too ambitious!

Comment by QuiltDragon yesterday

Sheila, I couldn't agree more about following the guidelines. Selfish people think they're immune or don't care & it scares me. Last night there was a post on my local FB page that a small cafe in Blairstown (less than 10 min from me) was fined, closed & the owner is possibly facing jail for not following the guidelines. People can be sooooo stupid & selfish!

As for the masks, there's a raging discussion on my sewing/embroidery/quilting groups about what to make them out of & what to use as a filter. It seems that the best, if you don't have the real thing, is a double layer of kitchen towel material - isn't that going to be too bulky? I wanted to make some, but now I'm not so sure. I got a ITH pattern from DoDaretobeDifferent that looks pretty simple, but now I'm going to hold off.

Comment by Janet/MO yesterday

I too hope everyone is staying safe during this awful time.  We are sticking pretty close to home too.  Fortunately Jannaka is around to help when we need things from the store.  So far only 1 person has tested positive in our county & I hope it stays that way.

I took advantage of Kreative Kiwi's 30% off sale yesterday and bought some new purse & placemat designs.  My kitchen table is not really large so I have found that a round placemat works perfectly in the center with something decorative on it.  

I was going to make some masks, but then the hospitals in Columbia said they didn't want them.  Now apparently that has changed, but by the time I found out one of the LQS was doing them, it was too late to sign up.  

Comment by Sheila Craft on Saturday

Hi Tanyel!

I know the feeling about not doing much lately. With being constantly sick since mid-December, even if I'd had the desire, the oomph just wasn't there. I also hope everyone is following guidelines. I'd hate to lose friends I've never even met!

Stay Safe & Healthy Everyone!

Comment by Tanyel B on Saturday

For anyone who is interested, Embroidery Library has a free, ITH  flask mask pattern on right now.  It seems easy enough.  I know it probably isn’t hospital grade but for those who need it, something is better than nothing.

I haven’t been doing much ME lately.  I need to remedy that as I at least need to make a few labels and I want to try the mask.  

How is everyone doing?  I hope everyone is safe and well.

Comment by QuiltDragon on March 24, 2020 at 8:59am

You are so right Janet. I'm trying to be quiet since he really is working...I can't sit still too long, so if I'm in my studio, I can watch TV, sew, embroider or a combination of them. Yesterday I started watching the last of Nicolas Cage's Ghost Rider movies. I love him - the movie's good if you like that sort of thing, but it's a no-brainer to watch. I've watched most of the series on Netflix, Amazon & Disney+ that I really wanted to, so now it's getting down to trying something new until the new seasons of the tried-and-true come back.

Comment by Janet/MO on March 24, 2020 at 8:39am

Good morning to everyone.  I hope you are all staying well.  

Sheila, I hope your friend feels better.  Was a painful experience for her!

Thanks for the compliments on my blocks Barb.  I hope to get caught up today.  I may have to just break down & replace the fabric I used on the large triangles so they will match the blocks for step #3 as I don't have any of it left & couldn't find any in my stash that I thought complimented it without cutting in to larger yardage which I don't want to do.  I will decide after I see what today's block looks like.

Try not to get too frustrated with Randy being home.  I always joked that it was sure nice to have earbuds & our own sewing rooms!  Makes for a safer environment for our hubbies when they are suddenly underfoot.  

Comment by QuiltDragon on March 22, 2020 at 5:30pm

Janet, I love your blocks so far. I know having Randy home is going to be an adjustment. Kinda a preview of his retirement! Yikes.

Sheila, I hope your friend is OK.


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