Mask Maker, Mask Maker, Make me a Mask! (And other creative endeavors)

Does anyone else have the tune from Fiddler on the Roof stuck in their head? “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match…”

Masks Made from Layer Cakes

We made masks using 10″x10″ squares of Geo Pop fabric and leftover binding strips.

Well, I finally had some time to sit down and sew some masks with my daughter. She needed to do a community service project for her school and of course it needed to be something we could do from home.

I’ve been the only one going out lately to get groceries and mail, while the rest of the family has been at home (other than the occasional walk or jog outside). But now that things are starting to open up, I know we will all need to wear them on a regular basis, so we decided to get busy sewing!

Jenna Sews

See that little sneaky peak on my design wall? I can’t wait until July to tell you more about it!!

We used up some leftover 10″x10″ layer cake squares from my Geo Pop fabric line to make the masks, and I paired them up with some leftover binding strips and scraps. The layer cake squares worked great and were easy to cut down and make a variety of mask colors for family members to choose from.

layer cake for masks

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If you’d like to get some of my 10″ squares for mask-making (or anything other project), use code MASK in the layer cake category at shop.ChristaQuilts.com to save 20% off.

We had a great time working on them together and feel good knowing we can literally breathe a little easier now when we go out!

Colorful Scraps

I love all the colorful piles of fabric scraps!

Although my daughter is not really interested in sewing or quilting with me on a regular basis, she enjoys pursuing writing and drawing, so I had to share one of her latest creations.

For her art class at school, she routinely creates little vignettes around our home and then draws them with various tools. Here’s her latest creation, a grouping of candles…

I tried to clean off the candles, but she wanted to leave the dust on the candles to add to the “texture” of the composition!

Next, here’s an in-progress pic where she’s drawn the basic design but hasn’t added the details yet. She used a combination of charcoal and some kind of resist where she erased a bunch of the charcoal get the lighter color.s. It was amazing to watch it come to life.

work in progress

And now the final art piece: I love how she even captured the shadows below. I love watching her develop her talent and I can’t wait to frame it and hang it up!

Since I’m sharing a bit more family time in this post I also wanted to share a picture of the scenic desert near our home. It may not look like much, but I’ve taken up trail running again with my husband and daughter.

We are currently training using the couch 5k program and getting healthier in the process! That means more endurance for quilting and a great way to get outdoors and get some sunshine, too.

Christa Runs

Happy quilting, mask-making, sewing, exercising and breathing my friends!

7 thoughts on “Mask Maker, Mask Maker, Make me a Mask! (And other creative endeavors)

  1. quilterpt says:

    Your daughter has a great eye. Her perspective ( something I struggle with in my art quilts) is spot on! Most impressive! And yes, I think we will be with masks for the foreseeable future!

  2. Judi Rutherford says:

    Thank you for the idea to use layer cakes for masks. Too what size are you trimming them? Love the sneek peak. Your daughter has done an awesome job on her art vignette. As difficult as the “stay at home” order has been for students it has given many of them an opportunity to hone their skills and for some to discover and excel in new areas. Stay safe and yeah on the couch to 5K!

  3. Maritza says:

    Your daughter’s drawing reminded me of what Puerto Rico went through without power after Hurricane Maria (per my family and news). Sometimes we take so much for granted. Candles were a premium.

  4. dawnhollingsworth says:

    AWESOME! Both the masks and the art work. I’m envious of all that talent! Maybe your beautiful daughter will use a tiny portion of her talent to create a fabric line 😉 Thanks for sharing. Stay safe and healthy! Love from Oregon. Dawn

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