I'm going nuts making masks!
These are a few of my new masked hexagons, made from the scraps of face masks I've been sewing since March. In my last installment, here, I described how I made these hexies, using conventional English Paper Piecing techniques. At the time, I had only made about 35 hexagons.
Since then, I've made many more masks to donate - I'm closing in on 1,000 masks - and about 40 more masked hexagons. So here's the finished quilt, with a total of 73 masked hexagons, all socially distanced. My free, revised pattern for this quilt is available for download from Dropbox, here (Version 3b, July 2, 2020).
Midway through making the hexies, I switched over to a much easier and faster hybrid English Paper Piecing/conventional piecing method to create each divided hexagons. The pattern has complete directions.
Here are some of my new favorite masked hexagons. The "faces" are cut from assorted solids; and the "mask" prints are from my vast stash of mostly novelty fabrics that I used in actual masks. Here's a bit of casino fabric that a friend gifted me.
While making masks, I discovered that I own TWO radish fabrics.
And numerous cat fabrics. This cat looks bored.
Mighty Mouse intends to triumph over covid. The patriotic buttons almost look like eyes with red-and-white eyeshadow.
The red vintage paisley below is only nice in small doses.
Yes, that's matzoh fabric.
Rainbow triangles go with everything.
A dandelion print reminds me that things more benign than viruses can blow in the wind.
This awesome fabric features quilters' rulers:
My Harry Potter fabric made wonderful children's masks, and he is recognized universally a symbol of anxiety as well as courage in the face of catastrophe.
A truly horrible brown rose print made a remarkably nice mask for a hexagon.
Bars - horizontal, or on an angle - keep the hexagons socially distanced.
This next fabric - the star - was from a print featuring Spongebob.
A 1970s era flannel. So soft and comfy.
For quilting, I surrounded the masks with quilted covid viruses, and pathogen-laden swirls.
On the white area, I made more emanations
What am I going to do with this quilt? I had planned to submit it to Houston's upcoming quarantine quilt show then I discovered there was a limit of 60" wide, and this quilt is 66" wide! Bummer! So I guess I'll just enjoy it and hope one day I can find a show for which it qualifies!
For a variation of this quilt on a smaller scale, check out my previous post, here. That post shows more closeups of masks and hexagons, and has the material list for the pattern.
My mask-making resource page is at https://gefiltequilt.blogspot.com/p/making-masks-for-covid-19-emergency.html