The Latest about Masks

Did any of you see this article from CBC Marketplace about masks? Click HERE.

After reading this article, I asked Island Batik what the thread count is for their fabric. Here’s what Elizabeth Phillips (Marketing and Graphic Design) said, “Our greige goods are the highest quality we can purchase. The thread counts are stated a little differently when buying the prepared for dyeing cotton but It’s a little higher than 600.”

So there you have it! If you’ve been making masks with Island Batik fabrics … you’ve been doing the best you can.

And yes, I’ve made masks with Island Batik fabric … here’s a picture of my purse with the matching masks!

Design Wall


Scrappy 4 patches: The setting triangles are added as well as the first border. I need to dig out some fabric and audition it for the 2nd border. This needs to be bigger. At the moment, it’s 38″ x 44″ … if I add a 4″ border, that will make it 46″ x 52″. I’ll be happier with that size!


About the secrets … Secret #1 & #2 are done … #3 is almost finished. Then I’ll add the hanging sleeves (with a blind hem and invisible thread) to #2 and #3.

Stash Report

No finished projects, no shopping …

SS yellow
  • Fabric Used this week    0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       279.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      50.5 yards (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                    229.0 yards
  • Husband’s purchases: 11.5 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year).

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

  • January – Sept: 290 / 304
  • 30 min days/  Nov:   15 / 15
  • Total days in 2020: 305 / 318
  • Percentage = 95% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Well, I got the priority quilting done: IB November will be showcased on Tuesday as part of Island Batik’s “Inspired by Nature” Blog Hop. I was privileged to work with a fantastic fabric collection! Come back on Tuesday to see the quilt!

Last week’s list:

  1. IB November: Quilt and Bind √   done
  2. Work on Secret projects: Finish #3 not done
  3. Work on UFO (Scrappy 4 patches) (to flimsy stage) not done
  4. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes. √   done

This week’s list:

  1. Secret project  #3 : finish quilting, bind and photos
  2. Work on UFO (Scrappy 4 patches) (to flimsy stage)
  3. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes. √   

No UFOs finished. One Start in 2020 finished.

I did add the remaining UFOs to my list … just so that you KNOW I have more! (grin)

Inspired by Nature Blog Hop

Click HERE to see this week’s awesome Ambassador quilts!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    


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27 thoughts on “The Latest about Masks

  1. I’m a bit slow on the follow up from last week, but you’ve had another good week and are well on your way to having a superior year on the stitching front. I’ve been wondering for a while about why you count Your Guy’s fabric additions? Do you mind explaining (probably again as I’m sure you’ve done so in the past)?

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    • Hi Kate,
      To answer your question: My husband buys MORE fabric than I do!!! (so I’ve given him his own total)
      However, since it goes into my stash … I eventually add it …
      sigh …


  2. Your 15 minutes report and YTD numbers are remarkable. Even more so is your PHD report. I sincerely enjoy participating as well as looking over your amazing lists.
    Glad you added more to your list just because I thought yoy might be running out soon.

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    • Hi Deana!
      Thank you!
      I’m glad you’re enjoying PHD in 2020!
      I know a lot of people were concerned that I’d run out of UFOs and quilt the PHD program … well, obviously that’s not happening and there will be PHD in 2021!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  3. It was a really good article on masks. DH had made sure I saw it when it came out. Thanks for sharing so everyone can read it. Your quilt is coming along so beautifully. I can’t wait to see your secret sewing projects. 😉

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  4. Thanks for the update about masks. I’ve posted that information on Facebook. I’m starting to see polypropaline in the larger online quilt stores, it isn’t cheap, but we have to do what we have to do. I went on to review several other of their pages relating to masks which were interesting. I just wish everyone would adhere to the rules. I see too many wearing a bandana or sweater type cowls both rated very bad.

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  5. Hi Gail! I knew that IB fabrics had an excellent thread count but thanks so much for being the detective and finding/sharing the details with us. Oh, that reminds me – I found a good like for sizing setting triangles. I’m sharing it tomorrow in my to-do post, and I’ve PINned in my Pinterest account so I can find it when I need it. It seems like the info EQ8 gave was just a bit off but I rounded up anyway so it all worked out. I’m looking forward to seeing your nature project tomorrow! Thanks in advance for linking up tomorrow, my friend. Take care and {{hugs}}. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. Had not really thought about different thread counts, just always used good quilting cotton and the batiks in my collection. Now I am wondering what about the bed sheets with thread counts over 1000, would that be even better?

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    • Hi Judy,
      I haven’t seen bed sheets with thread counts over 1000, but I’m sure they’re available … some where. I don’t even know what the thread count is in good quality quilting cotton. But, I do know that it’s not close to the 600+ in Island Batik fabric.
      We just have to do the best that we can!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


    • I find that I can’t have too many masks. I have several in my purse and in my car. That way I can wash them after each use and still have a mask on hand!
      Happy mask making! 🙂


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