No Sew Face Masks

I have friends and family who do not sew. This video is for you. The facemask is fast, fits well and anyone can make it with a variety of common supplies. I know there are many no-sew face mask tutorials but I have added a couple of things that improve on the end product.

First, since I wear glasses, I am particularly interested in placing a moldable piece in the bridge of the nose to fit the mask tight which keeps my glasses from fogging up. I should add, the tight fit is probably better for other reasons but fogging glasses is a deal-breaker for me.

Next, I had trouble with the elastic over my ears. I always have a pair of earrings in, the elastic was too tight and uncomfortable, and it constantly slipped off. So I added the soft t-shirt elastic tie around the back. Yeah! Very comfortable.

Last, I have grandchildren who may need a mask. The elastic on the ears might not be a great idea for kids but this tie on version is comfortable and so my work better if they need to wear one.

I have been sewing pleated face masks and will continue to make more but in the meantime or for those who don’t want to sew I think this is a great option. I hope you find it helpful.

Combine Multiple Designs and Optimize Color Changes in BERNINA V8 Software

I am stitching finger puppets for the 2-year-old twin’s Easter baskets. They, both the twins and the puppets, are adorable! In order to speed up the stitching process, I am combining 4 puppets in each hooping. BERNINA V8 software makes this so easy.

After combining the designs I show you how to use optimize the color changes. This changes the number of times you rethread the machine from 47 to 15. Yes Please!

I hope you learn something useful in your V8 software. Have a great day!

Hunters Star cutting and stitching

I LOVE the Hunters Star Quilt block. It is so dynamic but easy to piece. I use the Accuquilt Go die to cut mine and in this video, I take you through all of the steps to cut, piece and press.

The interesting thing is that all of the seams nest into each other until the very last join. This makes the block very easy to piece accurately and still look very complicated.

The Go die cuts all of the dog ears which really simplifies how this block goes together.

Later, I will show you in another post how to cut the block from a 10-inch square without using the Go die.