Face Masks and Starting Over in a New Place!

Can you believe it has been eight months since we chatted about sewing? So much has changed in my life, in our nation and the world!

This year started out so well for me. Early in January I received and accepted an offer on my house. After 18 months of widowhood I was ready tor some positive forward motion. Thinking that this transaction would be smooth sailing and that I would be on my way to my new life in a month I packed up my sewing room first.

My sewing room became the staging room for most of my boxes. The closing dragged on. My hands were twitching, my heart was aching, I needed to handle fabric, to sew  to create. In mid-March I watched as my 58 boxes filled with the precious contents of my sewing room, my fine art, my pottery, and some household goods were loaded on a truck bound for San Diego. I would not see them again until June 9th.

Here we are together again at the end August! So many of you have sewn lovey garments. And most of you answered the call to sew masks and other PPE for our essential workers. I am so proud of all of you, my sewing sisters. You stepped up and answered the call. I felt useless at a time when I was needed.

By the time that my sewing room was set up and ready I thought that the need for masks would soon end. Sadly, I was wrong.

I decided to make some masks. My family quickly asked me to make some for them.

After doing a quick online search I settled on MimiG’s pattern. Just making masks from pretty fabrics was not enough for me. I lined the masks with muslin. I did that so I could embroider loving messages inside. It was my act of love. Everyone loved them. People that could not sew asked me to make more for their friends and extended families.  Finding prints amid my stash to fit the personalities of all of the recipients became a challenge. Then my son asked for black masks. He is a lieutenant with LAPD and was required to wear black masks. Knowing that his would get a lot of wear and tear I made him seven masks. I embroidered loving messages inside. There is not much that a mother can do to keep their 50 year old “child” safe. But this felt good.

All in all I sewed over 100 masks. A couple neighbors were nurses and teachers. I made them five masks each. I handed some out to other


This  post is short. I am stretching my blogging muscles. Soon I will be sewing new clothes for myself. And maybe entering a contest or two.

For now I feel good. During WW ll our mothers had ration cards, and made Victory Coffee and sewed blackout curtains. Our fathers faced the fear and deprivation of battle. I have done my part. And if need be, I will make more masks.  We battle an invisible killer, the virus. And we battle selfishness and stupidity by those that refuse to heed warnings from scientists and exercise the simplest action to protect their neighbors.

I am back! Living in isolation  in a new home in a new state, Florida is a big adjustment. My sewing and writing will carry me through. I look forward to hearing from you.



  • Lily M Hebert

    Reply Reply August 27, 2020

    A double rainbow! Wow!


    Reply Reply August 27, 2020

    YOU are amazing, Susan. Such a big heart! Your creations are always beautiful, but the inscriptions in your masks are so special.

    Love you and miss you here in Baja! So happy for your new life!


  • Kath Johnson

    Reply Reply August 27, 2020

    Susan, you are amazing! All those masks and lovely messages. We are indeed in strange and uncertain times but in the midst of it all there are somethings which just shine through it all.
    Best wishes for your new life in Florida.

  • Nancy Olson

    Reply Reply August 30, 2020

    Hello Susan. I have followed you and all Lutterloh users on PR. I left a post trying to thank you and others for all the help and guidance regarding Lutterloh. I am so glad you are well and relocated. I have finally posted my first lutterloh pattern on Pr and hope you will take a look. I have learned so much from you and I am hoping you will continue blogging. Sincerely Nancy Olson (tillysews).

  • Victoria Line

    Reply Reply September 1, 2020

    I commend your selfless act in making over 100 masks. I also feel inadequate in that a failed to make a single wearable mask from three different styles. Making clothes is so much easier.

    • Usta B

      Reply Reply September 27, 2020

      The frustrating delays in closing while your life was packed and ready to go, three months of your stuff in transit, that’s a big deal. I wondered if you were ok. It is so lovely to read that you are settled in.

      Spill The Beans! You used that delightful Spill the Beans fabric for masks for others! That is truly generous. I hope you made one of those for yourself? I don’t know why that print tickles me so much but it does. I first saw it on your post about using it for the bags you made for your coffee buddies, so that surely holds memories for you as well as being downright delightful. Your embroidered thoughtful masks are truly great.

      So glad you are alive and well. Looking forward to your posts.

      I joked on Pattern Review that I can’t decide on a mask style for my Jack-o-lantern. The underlying seriousness is that even mask wearing has been turned into something divisive rather than a symbol of camaraderie.

  • Michele

    Reply Reply September 11, 2020

    Susan, OH MY so glad you are in your new place, and kudos on the masks. I like the MimiG pattern the best too. 😉 Have made lots of masks but have been sent out to family near and far. I sew so slow I cannot churn out hundreds but hoping everyone will wear a mask.

    Keep up the great writing!!

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