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4. Face Masks and the New Normal

Welcome to episode 4 of the Stop Scrolling, Start Sewing podcast.  On today’s episode we’re chatting about the face mask movement, the best pattern out there, and why I think it’s wonderful to do for both your community and personal development.

If you’re like me and you love to read and highlight, you can view the transcript of this week’s episode here.

I’m pretty late to the face mask movement especially since sewing is my jam!  But I’ve been making masks this week for loved ones, and I gotta say, I’m loving it.  I love the rewarding feeling I’m getting from having my hobby be something that also contributes to the greater good.  And selfishly, I’m loving that I’m practicing a different sewing skill set than what I typically do with my quilts.  So yea, I’m dorking out over these masks.

I’m also dorking out about this victory garden moment that face masks is creating in our society.  I did a whole Facebook live about it over on The Modern Quilters Circle Facebook page, so head over there if you haven’t seen it yet.  And if you haven’t liked it yet, what are you waiting for?!

So I did a lot of research online to find the best mask pattern and tutorial.  And I kept coming back to the first one I saw.  JoAnn Fabric has it posted on their website, but the first time I saw the tutorial there was much to be desired.  With the overwhelming response the pattern was getting, the original author felt the need to improve it.  Which meant that every few days the pattern would have a new option or amendment to make it better or allow you to make the mask N95 equivalent if not compliant.  I’m not going to lie, the current website is a little difficult to read and watching the video tutorial is a MUST especially if you plan on adding a pocket for a filter or metal wire for a nose guard.  And the video has no audio.  But it is still the most thorough face mask tutorial out there.  And the actual pattern itself is amazing because it provides 4 different sizes.  So you can actually get one that fits all the members of your family, even your toddler.  You can get the pattern here.

And the last thing I discussed on the podcast was a little something I’ve got up my sleeve that I hope all of you will be as excited about as I am.  Head on over here to see a sneak peek of what I’m talking about.

Make sure you listen to the episode, I really think you’re going to love it.  You can find the Stop Scrolling, Star Sewing podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.  And don’t forget to hit subscribe so you never miss an episode!

Links mentioned in this week’s podcast episode:

The Ultimate Buyers Guide to your First Sewing Machine
The Modern Quilters Circle FB Page
3. Nicole- Unplugged
The Best Pattern for Face Masks
The Modern Quilters Academy

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Noelani T.

I worked with Nicole in a one on one environment on a large quilt. I have limited sewing experience and...

Noelani T.

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2020-06-26T11:01:26-04:00

Noelani T.

I worked with Nicole in a one on one environment on a large quilt. I have limited sewing experience and Nicole’s expertise was invaluable for this large project. Nicole is very patient and explained the different steps and their purposes clearly. She improved my original idea to better accomplish my overall goal. I highly recommend Nicole as an instructor and would personally have another session in a heartbeat!

Michelle L.

I seriously didn’t even know the names of parts of my sewing machine before I worked with Nicole. She walked...

Michelle L.

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2020-06-26T11:05:18-04:00

Michelle L.

I seriously didn’t even know the names of parts of my sewing machine before I worked with Nicole. She walked me through everything step by step. And it was amazing. She taught me the ins and outs of my machine and how to add each basic concept together. It was invaluable, because now I can figure things out and get creative without fearing the dreaded unravel!
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