We live in strange times and the current pandemic has created an unprecedented need for personal face masks. There is a global shortage of these masks and our “Make Do and Mend” attitude has seen a plethora of home-made face masks around and about. Some of these have been ingenious, incredibly creative and in some cases downright funny!
However we all know that Covid-19 is not a joke and we need to take it seriously. That’s why we’re pleased to share this lovely and practical face mask pattern, designed and made by Paula Doyle of Green Mountain Quilting.
Download the pattern here
Paula received advice from a lymphatic nurse and a doctor at Royal Surrey, before coming up with this design.
This face mask is totally washable and has side loops built in for ties or replacement bands. There is also the option to insert a dry wipe into the internal pocket for extra protection,
Paula recommends a batik fabrics to make the mask if possible, because batiks are lightweight and have a finer hand than other fabrics, while at the same time being tightly woven.
Don’t have a sewing machine?
We can help. The Bernette range from Bernina is the perfect entry level sewing machine for newbies. Bernina quality and prices from £199.
B33 is a basic model particularly suited for beginners with little experience.
B35 has a total of 23 stitches and 7 presser freet (soles).
B37 is a computerised model with an extensive range of helpful functions and impressive stitch quality.
B38 is the top model in the series offering everything creative sewists need.
Looking for something a little more sophisticated?
The Bernina 3 Series is a line of easy-to-use sewing machines, specifically designed for beginners and intermediate sewers who want a machine with top design standards and cutting-edge technology. Small enough to fit into any sewing nook or cranny, yet powerful enough to stitch through your toughest materials and ideas. Simple, user friendly machines built to last a lifetime.
About the Corona Personal Facemask:
Wearing a face mask may not prevent you from acquiring coronavirus in a high-risk situations.
Fabric face masks are worn to protect other people from the person wearing the mask. Wearing a fabric mask in public where social distancing might be compromised, such as supermarkets and pharmacies might slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
We loved the idea of using the new Emoji’s die by Accuquilt and enlisted the boys to get creative. Starting with an ‘Emoji’ yellow and black cotton as well as a small palette of colours (all backed with Steam a Seam2 lite) the boys imagination was unleashed, the Accuquilt Go! is so easy to use, we were able to leave them to be creative, in no time we had lots of fun designs to use.
The boys decided they would like to make draw string kit bags with them as they wanted to show their creations off to their friends. just look at the results!
Steam a Seam2 Lite is perfect for projects like this as once the backing paper is removed you are left with a slightly tack surface allowing you to place and reposition the components and no fear of shifting. After cutting backing fabric to the correct size they positioned their Emoji’s and steamed them into position.
Note. For gum free needles; Make sure that Steam a Seam 2 Lite is seamed for 20 seconds. I found that a child’s 20 seconds is different to my 20 seconds!
To be sure that our designs would not pucker while being stitched to the backing fabric we used a Stitch N Tear Stabiliser, then used zig zag stitch in black or invisible thread around the edges of the appliqué shapes.
Below see our finished kit bags, the boys are very proud !
Products we used for the project:
So…….. Welcome to our first blog post about learning to quilt. I am Charlie, one of three members from Quilt Direct who are keen to learn about all things quilting and the tools we pack into parcels for our customers everyday.
Our early sessions have been about ‘half square triangles’. Having tried out different methods of creating half square triangles over several sessions, we all agree that using triangles-on-a-roll is a favourite with us all and we chose it to work on our first project.
This product has easy follow instructions printed on the roll (so no losing them). The complex series of dashed lines were quite scary to begin with but Katherine led us through pinning our fabrics to the paper (right sides together) and we were soon away.
Everyone was able to follow the lines and within a short time we unbelievably all had 16 completed (& perfect) half square triangle units!
We then had to decide on a layout for the block, as none of us had ever done this before it was quite baffling.
We had great fun deciding upon a layout for our own block. In order to finish our project in time for Valentine’s Day 2019, we had help from Katherine to turn the blocks into a quilt and then quilt it using the Bernina Q20, see our video above.
Here’s the finished item ! We hope that you like our first team effort.
Using this method we learnt:
- Do not pin over the sewing/cutting lines.
- Use a shorter stitch length to (about 1.6mm) to perforate the paper so that it may be easily removed.
- When removing paper hold the narrow side of the seam, start the rip, remove large section first.
- When squares are complete pile them all the same way. Stay organised!!!!
- Set all your seams and press to the dark side.
Products we learnt more about during this project:
Best Press Spray
Bernina Sewing Machines celebrate their 125th anniversary in 2018.
To mark this milestone Bernina produced some fantastic limited edition anniversary products. As 2018 draws to a close don’t miss the opportunity to own some of these fantastic products.
Bernina 125th Anniversary Limited Edition Items
Bernina 125th Anniversary Rulerwork Ruler Set
Out of stock at the time of writing – please use the link above to get notified when back in stock.
Jubilee Ruler Panel Guide by Amanda Murphy
Benartex Amanda Murphy Jubilee Panel Multi 24″ x 43″
OESD Jubilee Designs USB by Amanda Murphy
There’s also a fab free Star Jubilee pattern
Bernina 125th Anniversary Quilt Kits
Contact Quilt Direct on 01822 810877 to find out more about this and other products
BERNINA Toolbox – Embroidery made easy.
Do what you want to do! With BERNINA Toolbox, you not only have the right tool for the job but you can access a number of inspiring designs and templates. Let your imagination run wild and make the most out of your ideas: custom embroidered works of art that will delight your friends and family! Get started with Mac, PC or Tablet, compatible with all common Embroidery Machines.
BERNINA Toolbox Editing
- Edit embroidery designs
- Modify designs or objects
- Combine, rotate or duplicate
Mirror & rescale designs
- 100 embroidery designs for free
BERNINA Toolbox Lettering
- Embroider individual lettering
- 100 alphabets to choose from
- 6 text shapes
- 5 two-tone fonts
- 200 embroidery designs for free
BERNINA Toolbox -Lettering Basic
- Get started with embroidering letters
- 20 alphabets to choose from
- 6 text shapes
Widen and italicize lettering
- 100 embroidery designs for free
BERNINA Toolbox Monogramming
- Monograms for personalization
- 15 specially designed alphabets
- 10 monograms for very small lettering
1 to 3-letter monograms
- 100 embroidery designs for free
Buy BERNINA Toolbox from Quilt Direct
Select separate modules or get a discount when you buy the complete BERNINA Toolbox Bundle
Bernina have given us a link to download the basic version of the Bernina Artlink Embroidery Software. This allows easy re-sizing and re-colouring of designs and is specifically used to reformat and download designs from your PC to your Bernina embroidery machines.
Artlink has an improved user interface and is compatible with most brands – not just Bernina.
If you need more than the free version has to offer, then you might consider buying the latest full Bernina Designer Plus Version Software from QuiltDirect.
Keep an eye on Quilt Direct for special offers and new products
Only a handful of day to go until the 2018 Festival of Quilts.
We’re looking forward to being there, we’re looking forward to seeing you there.
And if you need some motivation just have a look at the winning quilts from last year’s festival
See you at Stand A42 opposite the Bernina Stand and NOT at Stand B32 as listed in the showguide.
BERNINA presser feet are in a class of their own. Watch this video to see how they are produced and what makes them so special. Each BERNINA foot is precision-engineered for a specific task. The robust shanks and soles are made of the finest materials and processed with the utmost care and expertise.
What you can expect when you buy a BERNINA Presser Foot from Quilt Direct:
- Finest materials
- Swiss engineered quality
- State of art technology
- Know how
- Excellent Quality Control
- Passion for detail
- Superb service from the Quilt Direct team
Quilter’s Rule is a family-run business offering a great range of Design Tools for quilting. Patricia Simon from Quilter’s Rule will be spending some time with us at Stand B32 at the Festival of Quilts, and will also be hosting 2 talks:
- Templates/Rulers & Machine Quilting: A Primer Course – Sunday, 12 August 10:30
- Unlock your Creativity: The Key is Templates/Rulers – Sunday, 12 August 15:30
Patricia has developed a knack for designing different quilting patterns which she will be demonstrating at Festival of Quilts. Her signature class “Unlock Your Creativity (The Key is Templates)” has opened a whole new world to people who are not naturally artists. Her techniques are applicable to all quilters regardless of whether you hand quilt, use a home machine, a short-arm, a mid-arm, or a long-arm machine. These techniques can even be used in a variety of different crafts. All Quilter’s Rule products come with an easy to understand downloadable instructions.
If you’d like to see Patricia in action pop along to the Quilt Direct Stand at Festival of Quilts or book one of Patricia’s classes.
Have a look at Quilt Direct’s great range of Quilter’s Rule products. We look forward to seeing you at the Festival of Quilts.