Information about Sewing Masks in the time of COVID-19

Dear Big-Hearted Sewing Friends,

*This page is being updated continuously – SCROLL DOWN for free patterns, VIDEOS and other info!*

3-31-20 – CDC Weighs Advising Everyone to Wear a Mask – Widespread use of nonmedical masks could reduce community transmission. But recommending their broad use could also cause a run on the kind of masks that health care workers desperately need.

I am putting up this page to help you, and all of us make sense of this, as we search for a way to help. I am reading articles that say it is not only masks that are needed, but also shoe covers, drapes and gowns. Even more so, STERILE masks and gowns are needed for surgery. Perhaps some of you will be moved to become FDA certified so you can produce these sterile items as a cottage industry, to contribute to this massive effort. I hear from our suppliers that many manufacturers are now gearing up for  huge PPE production. (PPE = personal protective equipment)

Contacts in every state and every large city are needed to collect masks from those sewing, and identify a manager or department contact person at local hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, or home care agencies who would like to receive and use these masks and possibly the other PPE items mentioned.

How to Make Adult Mask with Ties – Deaconess

Others who need masks in your community:

First Responders – EMT, Ambulance and Fire/emergency workers.

Other Health Care Workers – Senior living facilities, Nursing Homes, Home Care workers.

Government Workers – We are coordinating with the governor’s office to supply those who are still working – making sure our state govt keeps running – including sending out tax refunds.

UPS, FedEx and Postal Service delivery employees!

RTD, Lyft, Uber or Via Drivers. Meals on Wheels delivery.

Daycare workers, Foodbank volunteers. Grocery store and cashier staff.

Nursing home residents, homeless communities, prison communities.

Food Delivery Workers – Instacart, Restaurant Delivery Takeout Services.

Airport, government and construction staff required to stay open during shutdown. Law enforcement and security personnel.

Veterinarian staff, animal shelters and pet boarding services.

Please join us and step up and be part of this effort to not only make the masks, but also to coordinate sewing teams, wash masks and package to keep  clean, and deliver them to where they are most needed, which will likely change weekly if not daily.

Here in the Boulder area we are a collection point, as long as our eQuilter.com office is not shut down by a state ‘shelter in place’ order. We are in touch with the governor’s office and Boulder Community Hospital for distribution.  You can email me at [email protected] and I can arrange to be a personal collection point on an evening or weekend if you can’t make it to our office during business hours. (Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 6 pm)

Mask and PPE collection:

eQuilter.com – Boulder Colorado

6201 Spine Rd in Gunbarrel (1/2 block west of 63rd St)

Office Hours – 7:30 am to 6 pm – Monday through Friday

Curbside Dropoff – Phone: 303-527-0856

#Masks4All

A message from the Czech Republic – How to Significantly Slow COVID-19

Grassroots efforts are now combining for larger focused projects. Masks Now is going to receive information from the CDC shortly about a preferred mask design. There are several designs out there that are appreciated by the medical workers who receive them. If you are watching the news and seeing what is happening now in New York, you know that NOW is the time to get sewing!

https://masksnow.org/

Simple DIY masks could help flatten the curve. We should all wear them in public.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/03/28/masks-all-coronavirus

More Americans Should Probably Wear Masks for Protection

Masks may offer protection to healthy individuals and essential workers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/health/us-coronavirus-face-masks.html?smid=em-share

MASKS SAVE LIVES –

Universal mask-wearing is the most overlooked COVID-19 lifesaver

https://www.maskssavelives.org

Chart from Bob Huttinga PA – explaining how DIY face masks help:

Here is a list of volunteer mask-sewing groups in Colorado. If you live in another state, watch for lists like this or help to organize a list for your state.

Thanks to Ken at Robert Kaufman Fabrics, for this link for LA residents who want to make masks, with specs from Kaiser Permanente.

I encourage you to organize your own groups for your own hospital, your own town or city, or your region. You can organize a group page on Facebook or other social media platform. I encourage you to not limit the options for those making the masks – the time will come when any style of mask will be desperately needed and welcomed. We are not pretending to make N95 masks. We are making protective masks to act as a secondary cover for medical workers who want to preserve their one N95 mask, or for those who have nothing at all.

High thread count cottons like batiks and hand-dyes (and the PFD greige goods for batiks) are more effective than the standard 60×60 greige goods used for quilt cottons. High thread count fabrics in general are best. Light colors are preferred by healthcare workers so they can see when the masks are dirty.

Lining masks with flannel or nonwoven fabrics increases the filtering quality. The normal N95 filter fabric is impossible to find now, according to my suppliers. If that changes we will let you know.

I will continuously update this page with further information as it becomes available so please do save this link. Sending all of you love, hugs and prayers to keep safe and healthy. – Luana

Excellent Face Mask Making Page from Moda:

https://my.modafabrics.com/inspiration-resources/making-face-masks

Fabrics.  Quilting cottons work well as they are 100% cotton, are tightly woven and are washable.  Cotton lawn, batiks, Ruby Star Society cottons and 200-thread-count muslins have a higher thread count so they are very well-suited for face masks – they’re also very soft.  Gauze, double-gauze and loosely woven fabrics should not be used.

Linings.  There are differing opinions on whether this is necessary, or even desirable.  Additional layers of fabric will inhibit microbes from passing through the mask but there comes a point where each additional layer provides only miniminal improvement.  The other consideration is breathability.  Upon the recommendation of a group requesting face masks, we have been using one to two layers of a medium-weight, sew-in interfacing.  

Here are some of the lining options:

Elastic & Other Options.  There are two things to share here – first, if you have elastic on hand, or access to it, we have a few suggestions and recommendations.  If you don’t have any elastic on hand, we can still help with that.

  • 1/4″ elastic – many of the face mask patterns use this.  Non-roll, braided, soft, and knit – they all work. 
  • 1/8″ elastic – also called elastic cord and oval cord elastic.  This is a bit more comfortable to wear for some but it requires advanced knot-making skills or a creative join for the ends.  
  • 1/2″ elastic – this is best for elastic straps that will go around the head instead of the ears.  Some professionals prefer that.
  • Bodkins – this makes threading the elastic through the casing on one of the masks much easier.  We particularly like the ball-point bodkins by Tool Tron and Dritz.
  • Point Turner – this is very useful in turning the corners and edges on two of the face mask styles.  We like this Point 2 Point Turner.

Ties.  If you don’t have elastic, the two patterns that are made with elastic can also be made with ties.  The tie can be made with fabric, a ribbon or cording.  What about using some of the Moda twill tape you’ve been saving?  

The easiest way to make a tie is to cut a strip of fabric across the width of the fabric – 1-1/2″ or 2″ wide.  With right sides out, fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press.  Open the strip and press the edges to the center fold and press again.  Top-stitch along the open edge – and along the folded edge, if desired.  The 1-1/2″ strip will make a tie that finishes at approx. 3/8″, and the 2″ strip will finish at approx. 1/2″.  

Please READ this Information from my friend Kathryn D. who is a working nurse in Ohio:

I found this pleated, bound and tied pattern to be the best. The pleats will make for better absorption and longer effectiveness, as well as accommodate all types of noses.
https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/

I would change from 2 layers of cotton to an outer layer of cotton and inner layer of flannel or nonwoven fabric. This would change cutting instructions to 2 fat quarters RST. (right sides together)

It will also be sturdiest, should it be washed/bleached multiple times, and it will hold up better than the other patterns, if there is NO ELASTIC.

Elastic will break down in repeated hot/bleached washers/dryers, and many are allergic to the latex in the elastic.

To the advice about not using latex/elastic, I would add NO METAL OR WIRE.

Metal in the operating room is an electrical safety hazard. Metal in the operating room can spark and start a fire. 

If the mask is going to someone who will never wear it in an operating room, then it is ok to put in the wire or metal to shape around the nose. Different doctors and hospitals have strong opinions about this, often opposite.

This mask with ties should fit the best. Any nurse will tell you that fit of a mask is very important, so you can keep your hands free.

The bindings and ties will contribute to a good mask fit. Hands are full and having to stop to adjust a slipping or gapping mask is awkward and unhygienic. 

Pre-packaged bindings would work well for a quick and easy set of bindings and ties, or use quilters’ pre-cut binding from your stash.

Here is a Facebook video from a European quilter, on how to make your own binding.

For all masks, please use clean, tightly-woven cotton fabric on both sides, and sew on a clean work surface. Please place CLEAN face masks in ziplock-style plastic bags for donation.

Since time is of the essence, a pocket for a filter may not be necessary. The need is so great now that you don’t necessarily need to worry about the filter pocket.

I am doing home care now, and the shortage of masks and PPE is just as severe outside the hospitals as in them.  – Kathryn D. in Ohio

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Dear Sewing Community: (from Andover Fabrics)

There is a critical shortage of face masks for health professionals and first-responders.  We have been asked to mobilize our community to do what we do best: sew.

We are calling on you all now to share the “Keep Calm and Sew a Mask” campaign on all of your social media platforms.
There is a tremendous need for masks that tie at the top and the bottom, as seen below.

A large hospital uses hundreds of thousands of masks a week — so we need to move as quickly as we can.

To start making an impact, get your materials ready and click the link below:
https://freesewing.org/docs/patterns/fu/instructions/

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Notes from Dr Rita and Dr Chris:

I looked at many websites and liked this method best – especially when made with a tie cord instead of elastic (which is becoming hard to get). Also: the tie cord is adjustable therefore more comfortable.  She mentions and illustrates it on the YouTube tutorial below. I use floral wire for the nose piece.

Our conclusions: 

1) Homemade masks are not as effective as the (almost impossible to find) professional  masks.

2) Covering the precious mask that Chris is given each day with a homemade one, will protect it and extend its use.

3) Wearing a mask is better than nothing.

4) A mask helps me remember not to touch my face!!!!

Sew It – Cloth Surgical Face Mask Pattern: with Elastic and Wire.

https://members.sewitonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/How-To-Sew-A-Facemask-Instructions.pdf

 

LIST OF MASK PATTERNS AND INSTRUCTIONS:

More information and links offered from our friend Rachel Wallis:
https://docs.google.com/…/15Y2_5fFWuog_o4q3CjhpdfFC8LX…/edit

If you want to make masks, this group has a standard, vetted, tested, downloadable pattern, quality control standards, and regional distribution hubs. – Michael K.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/reliefcraftersofamerica/

Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2020/03/20/calling-all-people-who-sew-and-make-you-can-help-solve-2020-n95-type-mask-shortage

How to Make a Face Mask: from Deaconess

https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask

Fast production method of making masks from Iva in Czech Republic – watch video below!

She writes: Keep sewing! Here in Czech Republic  all hospitals begging for face masks. They run out of the ones they have very fast and since the whole world is trying to buy medical supplies, there is not enough. Please don’t sew the patterns that are fastened on the ears, sew ties behind the head. Nurses here complain that face masks that hang on ears cause blisters bleeding and headaches.

Rouška Ať žije řemeslo www.krejcijavad.cz pomáhat musíme, žádná výmluva.Javad

Posted by Stephen Folker on Friday, March 20, 2020

How to Sew a Bias Tape Surgical Face Mask with Flexible Nose – very detailed video from sweetredpoppy.com

How to Sew a Bias Tape Surgical Face Mask with Flexible Nose

How to Sew a Fitted Fabric Mask

How to sew pleated easy mask with elastic, using clips:

How to make a Face Mask from Shruti in India. This is in Hindi but she uses English words and it is a very good visual tutorial. I’ve asked her to do an English version for this page!

Free Hospital Gown Patterns from Lazy Girl:

Free Hospital Gown Patterns, Plus Face Mask & Scrub Cap

Nurse’s Scrub Cap Pattern – Click HERE

Free Bouffant Surgical Cap Pattern from Doodabug:

*FREE* Bouffant Surgical Cap Pattern

DIY Scrub Cap from Medical Student

Reversible Scrub Cap Tutorial with Free Pattern and SVG

https://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2019/07/reversible-scrub-cap-tutorial-with-free.html

UNC Health is accepting donations of masks sewn at home. Here are sewing instructions for the Face Mask Pattern:

https://makefacemasks.com/pdf/Facemask_pattern_and_guidelines_20200318_v2.pdf

Professional and Home-Made Face Masks Reduce Exposure to Respiratory Infections among the General Population
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2440799

Textile Chart showing effectiveness of different fabrics:

What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks?

The Turban Project – scroll down for Adult Face Mask

https://turbanproject.com/patterns

Kid Giddy

https://kidgiddy.blogspot.com/2020/03/face-mask-tutorial.html

DIY Cloth Face Mask
https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Cloth-Face-Mask

Face Mask Sewing Pattern
https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern

100 Million Mask Challenge – mask-making tutorial video below:

https://www.providence.org/lp/100m-masks

How to make a Face Mask – Videos
https://youtu.be/phP9k3sxm3U
https://youtu.be/U1mwc295aWw
https://youtu.be/zoPSXaLKCNE
https://youtu.be/S9RWII2-5_4
https://youtu.be/VNvRl5AXt8I

More info about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) from the CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-use-faq.html

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov .
Get the latest research from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus.

And finally, if you made it all the way to the bottom of this page (!) here is Dr Elvis at the Mayo Clinic singing “Imagine”.

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Sewing in the time of COVID-19 – Week 2

As many of you know by now, I’ve been working to compile an info-page for all of you who are anxious to help. A week ago we thought our homemade masks weren’t good enough. Now we have hospitals, clinics and EMTs begging for PPE items. (PPE – personal protective equipment) Many thanks to Meg Cox for her mention of our efforts in her “Quilt Journalist Tells All” e-newsletter Saturday.

We’ve spent the week scrambling to find suppliers for the things you are asking for, to make PPE items. If you search for “COVID” it will pull up everything we have in stock that has been in demand for this purpose, and we have thousands of yards of elastic, and hundreds of yards of polypropylene (nonwoven mask liner) on order for next week. We will be selling the elastic at our cost after cutting and bundling in 10 yd and 50 yd packages. These are coming from a garment industry manufacturer and are Latex-Free. If you want to be notified when they come in, please contact customer service Monday so we can judge the demand and order more if needed.

We’ve been asked by the governor’s office to help coordinate making, collecting and delivering masks to the workers who are keeping Colorado running during this pandemic. These are the folks who are still going to work during the shutdown – processing your state tax return checks – running the DMV – and I’ve added these workers to my list of potential mask recipients on my info-page. For all of you making masks out there, look at my list and think about who is still out there in your state working and delivering, and think about who would appreciate a mask this week.

I also have a request from Mission of Love to make and send masks to Pine Ridge SD, the poorest county in the US. (Reservation home to the Lakota people.) Please watch our blog page and Facebook page for updates on all of these efforts.

It has become clear to me in the last few days that anyone who is still working, going to the grocery store, or having other potential human interaction, needs to wear a mask when around others. Period. This is what they do in Asia, where it is 2nd nature. Here in the US we have been spoiled and there is resistance to this idea, but watch this video sent to me from the Czech Republic.

There is now a large sealed trunk for masks outside our front door. Our business is closed to the public to protect our staff, but you can drop off donated masks during business hours. If you have no fabric but want to help, we are also putting fabric in the bin so you can pick up what you can use, when dropping off finished masks. Our local BCH hospital group has listed us as one of two dropoff points for your DIY face masks. We are collecting and distributing to a wide range of groups including the hospital, nursing homes, and state government workers.

We are providing curbside pickup for our local customers. If you live locally and wish to save on shipping but not get out of your car to pick up an order, just let us know when you will arrive and we will bring your package out to your car for a *quick* hand-off to protect staff and customer…maybe on your infrequent trip to the grocery store down the road from eQuilter.

Please do share our Mask-Making info-page with anyone who might be interested in sewing face masks or other PPE for their community. We will get through this together. Sending love and hugs to you and your families during this challenging time.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

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Tokyo Springtime 2020

Dear Friends,

We have gone down the rabbit hole and it seems we have a long way to fall before this journey is over.

It doesn’t seem like just 2 months ago that Sophie and I were in Tokyo for the Quilt Festival. Now Japan’s cherry blossom festivities and the Tokyo Summer 2020 Olympics have been cancelled. So I wanted to share one of the beautiful quilts from this year’s festival, along with some seasonal Japanese fabrics. This too shall pass. Spring will flow into Summer, and we can only hope that by Fall the world will have returned to some normalcy.

eQuilter remains open at this time, and we are still shipping out orders. As we’ve mentioned the last couple weeks, we are disinfecting, social distancing, washing hands, and following all virus protocols very strictly. The health of our staff remains a priority. We are in touch with the governor’s office and local hospital, working to support local healthcare workers as a collection point for masks.

We are stocking up on requested fabrics for those who are sewing masks and gowns for their local hospitals. We have curbside pickup for local customers, but starting today we also have curbside drop off for those making DIY face masks for local healthcare workers. Many have requested elastic for face masks and we will be restocked in about a week. If there is something you need give us a call or email, and we will try to get it for you.

Despite the current chaos, the Earth will still blossom with Spring flowers as temperatures warm. I hope that you can find time to step outside and go for a walk in Nature, while social distancing. Many of you are sewing masks like crazy but don’t forget to take a break to fill up your soul with the beauty of the season.

If you are sewing face masks for your community, please check out this page where we have gathered lots of information from around the country and around the world regarding the construction of these masks. I’ve been in touch with many doctors and nurses to put together a page which I hope will be of help. Please feel free to share this page with others who are organizing to help those needing PPEs (personal protection equipment) in your community. I am continuously updating this page and it has received over 50K visits in the last few days.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

*The red and white quilt “2020” above was photographed by Luana at the Tokyo Quilt Festival in January. The artist’s name is printed in Kanji in the top right corner. The righthand border features Spring fabrics currently in stock. For more photos visit her photo page.

eQuilter Classroom:
June 1-5 2020 – Paula Nadelstern – Kaleidoscopes & Quilts – Registration OPEN
July 20-23 Betty Busby – Transfer Dyeing
August 6-9 – Cindy Lohbeck Returns
October 5-9 – Susan Carlson – RESCHEDULED
2021 – Jacqueline de Jonge

Luana’s Travel Calendar:
June 19 – Quilt Canada – “Intl Quilt Trends” presentation
June 26 – Intl Quilt Museum – Lincoln NE – Opening Reception & Lecture “For the Love of Gaia”
July 29 – Aug 2 – “Love Your Mother” Gallery in Birmingham UK (Lecture 8/1)
Sept 26 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 16-17 – Visions Art Museum – San Diego (Lecture 10/16)

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Look for the Helpers

Well.

What a difference a week makes.

Many of you are probably reading this as you are practicing that new phrase – “social distancing” – or even sheltering in place as the coronavirus sweeps over and through our communities.

I am sure many of you have found, if you’ve lived long enough, that you can overcome anxiety and stress by focusing on helping others. That’s what quilters do. We are the ones that Mr. Rogers called The Helpers.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

I see on our neighborhood NextDoor app, people offering to help elders who can’t go out to buy food or meds. I see online discussions of neighbors working to solve problems as businesses close down and our communities come to a silent stop. But still there are helpers, whose first thought is to find those who are afraid, suffering, paralyzed by panic…who need someone to say “I’ve got your back”.

As I mentioned in Saturday night’s newsletter, we will continue our online mail-order service as long as we can, but we are protecting our staff by cancelling events, and asking local customers to do curbside pickup instead of coming inside. We have no (known) cases of the virus here, so we are washing hands frequently, disinfecting common surfaces, and limiting our exposure as much as we can.

As always, 2% of sales will go to our charity program, to help those who are impacted by this historic and very surreal event. We send you our love and comfort, and we are here for you if you have special needs while you are undoubtedly sewing and keeping safe at home.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

*The miniature quilt above was photographed by Luana at the Tokyo Quilt Festival in January. The artist’s name is printed in Kanji in the lower left corner. The frame features Spring fabrics currently in stock. For more photos visit her photo page.

eQuilter Classroom:
June 1-5 2020 – Paula Nadelstern – Kaleidoscopes & Quilts – Registration OPEN
July 20-23 Betty Busby – Transfer Dyeing
August 6-9 – Cindy Lohbeck Returns
October 5-9 – Susan Carlson – RESCHEDULED
2021 – Jacqueline de Jonge

Luana’s Travel Calendar:
May 14-15 – Quilt Market – CANCELLED
June 19 – Quilt Canada – “Intl Quilt Trends” presentation
June 26 – Intl Quilt Museum – Lincoln NE – Opening Reception & Lecture “For the Love of Gaia”
July 29 – Aug 2 – “Love Your Mother” Gallery in Birmingham UK (Lecture 8/1)
Sept 26 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 16-17 – Visions Art Museum – San Diego (Lecture 10/16)

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Free eQuilter Pattern – Mountain Vista Window

Now seems to be a good time to escape from reality and go for some meditative Forest Bathing. This Free Quilt Pattern is the next best thing to going for a walk in Nature. We invite you to open this door and walk out into a dreamy sunrise landscape…and the stillness of a misty mountain morning.

You’ll be amazed at how the combination of a landscape panel, coordinates and hand-dyes creates this inviting and expansive scenic view. When we look at this quilt, we can almost hear a distant mountain stream, morning dew dripping from pine needles, and daybreak bird calls from across the valley.

This 56″ x 62″ quilt design makes a lovely Lap/Nap quilt, or a peaceful wall hanging for a room where you like to relax.

…featuring the ‘Mountain Vista’ collection by Timeless Treasures.

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Staying Home to Sew?

What a difference a week makes. Last week we were reminding you to set your clocks ahead for Daylight Savings. This week we cannot escape the news about the virus.

Our workshop with Susan Carlson is on hold, and we are discussing various options including webinar with “social distancing” in our classroom, or postponement. Several suppliers have let us know they will not be at Market in May. Many quilt festivals and other events have been cancelled in the next few months.

We’ve been discussing health protocols with our staff, and teams are disinfecting common-touch areas twice a day to keep our staff and visitors safe. We are practicing ‘social distancing’ and washing hands many times a day so we can continue to process your orders. We will just take this a week at a time.
Starting this week we will offer curbside pickup for local orders. If you live locally and wish to save on shipping but not get out of your car to pick up an order, just let us know when you will arrive and we will bring your package out to your car for a *quick* hand-off to protect staff and customer.

We know that many of you are staying home to keep safe and healthy from the virus, and if you are looking on the bright side, it is a fantastic opportunity to organize your stash, and get lots of sewing done. We are a resilient group of creative folks, so I know we will channel all that energy in to new projects that will manifest as an explosion of new quilts and textile art by this Fall. Quilting is one of the most therapeutic activities I can think of, when the world outside is crazy.

On my neighborhood Next Door app/site, several folks have offered to help out however they can – for seniors and those with immune-issues who can’t go out for food or meds. Local teenagers home because of closed schools, are offering to help babysit small kids also out of school, for working parents who can’t take off work. Now is the time to check in on elderly neighbors who live alone, and continue to call them each day as this shutdown passes through our communities.

All of the schools and universities are closed here, so we hope that will blunt the force of the spreading virus. My mom is in a nursing home and they’ve clamped down on visiting, so I am going to keep working, call her every day, and pray she can stay safe. Several of the organizations you see on our charity page, are gearing up to help those affected around the world.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

See my Flickr Photo Pages for travel images, comment on our blog, or follow us on Facebook.

Visit Pinterest, eQuilter’s Instagramor Twitter for more Color and Design ideas.

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eQuilter Classroom:
March 28 – Charity Sewing Day – On Hold
April 13-15 2020 – Susan Carlson – On Hold
June 1-5 2020 – Paula Nadelstern – Kaleidoscopes & Quilts – Registration OPEN
July 20-23 Betty Busby – Transfer Dyeing
August 6-9 – Cindy Lohbeck Returns

Luana’s Travel Calendar:
May 14-15 – Quilt Market (May 17 – Sophie’s Graduation!)
June 17-21 – Quilt Canada – Edmonton (Lecture 6/19)
June 26 – Intl Quilt Museum – Lincoln NE – Exhibit Opening & Lecture
July 29 – Aug 2 – “Love Your Mother” in Birmingham UK (Lecture 8/1)
Oct 16-17 – Visions Art Museum – San Diego (Lecture 10/16)

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Free eQuilter Pattern – Dreamy Bears

Are you home quilting during a quarantine-induced Stay-cation?
Here’s the perfect Free Quilt Pattern for an extended hibernation while the world outside is in viral chaos. These adorable sleepy bears are just coming out of their long winter nap, hanging out on a tree branch, or sniffing delicate Spring wildflowers.

This 53″ x 60″ quilt design starts off with a 36″ x 44″ panel with one large and three smaller bear vignettes. Then you will piece the clever Bear Track blocks, and sew it all together into a lap/nap quilt or wall hanging. This one makes us smile, so we thought we’d share this beary-big smile and hug with you…because we all need a hug this week!
Featuring the ‘Day Dreams’ collection by Abraham Hunter for Northcott Fabrics.

Don’t miss the popular ‘Artful Snowflake‘ and ‘Backyard Songbirds‘ quilt patterns!

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

Luana and Paul Rubin

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Free eQuilter Pattern – The Road Home

This week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern is a breathtaking scene, featuring a lush pointillist landscape and a starry kaleidoscope sky.

You will gasp out loud when you see Ira’s artwork in person on this central digital-printed 36″ x 44″ panel…the detail and colors will remind you of the Impressionist Master paintings that we love to visit in the world’s great museums.

Be sure to check out the opulent “Shimmer” backing we’ve included
in this 61″ x 68″ quilt pattern kit. The soothing colors of Earth and Sky
will make this quilt a pleasure to sew.

Featuring the ‘Artisan Spirit – The Road Home’ collection by Ira Kennedy for Northcott Fabrics.

Don’t miss the popular ‘Artful Snowflake‘ and ‘Backyard Songbirds‘ quilt patterns!

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

Luana and Paul Rubin

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Happy Anniversary – 21 years!!!

This week we are celebrating our 21 year anniversary at eQuilter! In case you are not familiar with the story of our family business, we started the business in the basement of our home, with a little black and white ad in the back of Quilters Newsletter Magazine. I had this idea that I could have a little part time business that I could run out of the basement, and stay home with the kids. However, we had identified a niche of products that was not being provided to the hungry quilters around the world…and the rest is history!

eQuilter is not just an online retailer for quilt fabrics and supplies…we are also a sponsor of quilt exhibits and contests around the world. We support the amazing quilters who create the stunning works of art that are seen at large and small events around the US and the world. Our goal is to inspire and support quilters at every level of their creative development, and to provide those innovative fiber art products that may not be available in a local quilt shop. We advocate for the independent quilt shops in our industry, because if we don’t have those local mom-and-pop quilt shops on Main Street, we don’t have an industry!

All of our kids have worked at our family business, and all of them have traveled to quilt shows with me. Many of you have met our youngest Sophie, when she travels with me to Houston or other quilt festivals. Sophie is graduating from high school in 2 months, and has been accepted into the Music Education program here at CU Boulder. She will come to the opening of my curated exhibit “For the Love of Gaia” at the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln Nebraska on June 26, and she’ll be my gallery helper when we take “Love Your Mother” quilt challenge to the Birmingham UK Festival of Quilts end July. If you come to one of our workshops this summer, she’ll be the classroom attendant.

With your help, our charity program has raised $1.65 million for a variety of non-profits. We give our humble thanks to all of you who have supported this effort, with a special thanks to the quilters who have made and donated comfort quilts for our disaster relief and humanitarian projects with Mission of Love and Engineers Without Borders.

A special thanks to all of our eQuilter staff who keep our warehouse humming, who answer the phones, who wrap your packages and tie them up with a bow. This year we seem to have many new employees with purple, teal and green hair to go with our colorful fabrics!

The world seems to be especially crazy now, but you can count on us to continue to be a reliable source for your creative needs, and we thank you for supporting our dream to be a force for good in the world.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

*The beautiful quilt above “I Live On Earth” was photographed by Luana at the Tokyo Quilt Festival in January. The artist’s name is printed in Kanji in the top left corner. For more photos visit her photo page.

eQuilter Classroom:
March 28 – Violet Protest & Finish Quilt Tops
April 13-15 2020 – Susan Carlson – SOLD OUT
June 1-5 2020 – Paula Nadelstern – Kaleidoscopes & Quilts – Registration OPEN
July 20-23 Betty Busby – Transfer Dyeing
August 6-9 – Cindy Lohbeck Returns
2021 – Jacqueline de Jonge

Luana’s Travel Calendar:
May 14-15 – Quilt Market (May 17 – Sophie’s Graduation!)
June 19 – Quilt Canada – “Intl Quilt Trends” presentation
June 26 – Intl Quilt Museum – Lincoln NE – Opening Reception & Lecture “For the Love of Gaia”
July 29 – Aug 2 – “Love Your Mother” Gallery in Birmingham UK (Lecture 8/1)
Sept 26 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 16-17 – Visions Art Museum – San Diego (Lecture 10/16)

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Free eQuilter Pattern – Spring Birds and Blossoms

This week’s Free Quilt Pattern is a dreamy fantasy of pastel blues and eggshell white, with peonies, lilacs, butterflies, birds, and eggs in a nest.

You will start with a panel of 6 different vignette blocks, add a floral coordinate and 2 Hoffman Hand-Dyes, and finish with the coordinating stripe in shades of Powder Blue, French Blue, and Eggshell White. This lovely 52″ x 67″ quilt design has a soft elegance that whispers Springtime and brings a quiet gentle comfort as a wall hanging or lap quilt.

Featuring the ‘Spring Blue’ collection by Sandy Lynam Clough for P&B Textiles.

Don’t miss the popular ‘Artful Snowflake‘ and ‘Backyard Songbirds‘ quilt patterns!

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

Luana and Paul Rubin

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