June 12, 2020

Choosing Hope

There are so many things going on right now, it is easy to get tired or distracted, sad or mopey. You might also be getting energized, activated, recharged, and more creative. I have decided to focus on hope. Hope that we will all get better, get out a little, stay home mostly, stay safe and healthy. Each of our customers has displayed a different place in the vast range of emotion. Many are very happy: They have received a haircut! Some are happy that they can touch fabric again. Most are happy because they are still healthy. We are just happy that we are still open and able to provide service to all of you. In the spirit of hope, we have ordered fabric for the next many months that will give you much to consider. There will be more about upcoming fabric lines in later dispatches. We have some blocks of the month under construction for next winter - thinking that we might be limited in access again. We want you to have some activities. By winter, we will know more about Facebook Live classes/demos and Zoom teaching. In this day and age, we need to plan ahead. 

It is hard not to feel a little insecure as we watch the news about increases in outbreaks for Coronavirus. Our state feels somewhat “surrounded”.  We will all do well to remain cautious and wary. I have read newsletters from other quilt stores, in other states, indicating no masks are required! The follow-up news for those same states indicates a spike in cases. Please, please, please wear your masks, no matter where you live. 

This week we are focusing on rainbow imagery to show you symbols of hope, peace, and serenity. Maybe you will find your pot of gold at the proverbial end of the rainbow, or maybe you will just be motivated to hang in there and keep moving on. 

Websites to consider for covid updates: krqe.com. Interesting charts by county of the number of cases of CV19. New Mexico has passed the 10,000 mark for covid cases. Be careful. See also santafenewmexican.com for rolling averages by county and also rolling averages in percent change/day. We are hoping for the magic number of below 1% for 14 days. While you are there, check out Mary-Charlotte’s Radio Cafe. She is a wonderful contribution to Santa Fe. 


We have sent out our boxes of masks. Some masks did not get sent yet - They are made from flannel and lots of fibers have transferred to other masks. They all need to be rolled with masking tape to remove the lint before we can send them. Please consider not using flannel for masks for the summer, or if you do, then individually package them so that the flannel lint does not transfer to other masks. If you have animals that shed, then please package as well. Make sure masks are fur free. 

We have no contest this week, but we will be drawing next week for some winners. Please keep sending us pictures. To enter just send a picture of the masks you are making to our Facebook address or send an email. 

Mask Burnout/Mask Creativity

We have heard from many of you about mask making burnout. This is normal. Some of you are trying to balance quilt making and mask making. Great idea! We all need variety, especially our neck and back muscles. You are encouraged to not feel guilty about slowing down in the mask making department. Many of us need a break. Work on your old projects or start a new one. On the flip side, we are hearing from some customers that they are now moving into creative mask making with different fabrics, appliqué, embroidery, etc. This takes longer but helps them feel that they are using their creative energies. Sewing masks is not a race - It is something you do to help others, but you still need to help yourself. Allow time for the things you want to do. It’s all okay. 

Just One More Mask Pattern

An engineer named Jesse Killian wanted to improve some of the masks out there. He wanted more space for breathing in the front. After a few tries, he came up with 8 patterns for 3 different face sizes. You need to measure from bridge to bottom of chin and bridge of nose to ear to figure out your size. Sizes are for Narrow, Wide and Normal faces. Check out YouTube’s The Perfect Fit “Jesse Mask” done in conjunction with The Fabric Patch quilt store in the Northwest. She talks a lot but explains well. She talks about using elastic that goes around the head instead of ties and explains how to calculate the correct quantity. 

Fire Season Again

If you woke up to the smell of smoke this morning, you know summer is official. I always like to figure out where the smoke rises, so I check with my usual nmfireinfo.com. If you are planning on traveling or camping this summer, then you might want to look at www.nifc.gov. At that site is a topic of Current Fire Season Outlook. It projects fire possibilities for the next three months in different sections of the US based on projected heat, wind, drought and rain conditions. Remember to wear your mask when smoke is visible.


Juneteenth Food and Drink: 

From the NY Times: Hot Links and Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth.  Red drinks are a Juneteenth staple - a nod to hibiscus and kola nuts, which made their way to the Americas as part of the transatlantic slave trade. (Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation of all slaves in the Confederacy on June 19, 1865). Some drinks call for ripe strawberries and fresh ginger. Other red favorites: strawberry pie, red velvet cake, hot sauce, beets, yam, and hibiscus tea. It is already a great holiday but these food suggestions are making it even better. What is your favorite Juneteenth food or way of celebrating? 

Educational component: Think of all those occasions you have heard someone say they just can’t do or don’t like math. This really isn’t true for quilters, even if you don’t want to admit it. Quilting is numbers and geometry on a regular basis. This video will show you the breakdowns of all the categories of math and help you realize that it might just be some parts of Pure Math you don’t get but you like Applied Math. Or do you just like numbers. Either way the gentle British accent of the presenter will help you feel calm about all the things there are in the universe. The Map of Mathematics

If you like that presentation then you can move on to the Map of Physics. LOL. Actually it’s the same speaker so he is just as delightful. 

From YouTube:

Judy Garland: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Official Somewhere over the Rainbow - Israel “IZ”Kamakawiwi’ole. One of my favorite versions.  

Joni Mitchell - Chelsea Morning (In Concert on BBC, 1970)

Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog from the Muppet Movie

Kacey Musgraves - Rainbow (Official Music Video)

Levar Burton Entertainment - Reading Rainbow, live stories read three days per week is live streamed on Twitter, or go to LevarBurtonPodcast.com for more stories.

And one more recommendation just because I never get tired of him: Victor Borge. Piano interrupted at its best. 

Eliminating Cookies During a Pandemic

Now that I have your attention, I am talking about cookies on your computer. Since you are at home more, you are on the computer more. Keep clearing out your cookies to keep your computer working a little better, and to keep companies and individuals from tracking all your behaviors. If you don’t know how to do this, then hire someone to help. Keep your data personal, kind of, and safe. 

Father’s Day

We wish the best to all the fathers and helpers that make the world a better and safer place for children. Have a great day. 

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Thanks to all of you for shopping at our store and bringing cheer to us when you come. Quilters and Sewers continue to prove themselves to be thoughtful, hopeful and kind. The many masks you have made for others have been happily and gratefully received. 

Have a wonderful week. Happy Juneteenth. Happy Summer Solstice. Enjoy a rainbow.

Mary, Allen, Cindy, Julee, Louise, Sue, & Lisa

505 473 3747

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