The Mask

I went back to work 2 weeks ago. Our office was closed for 8 weeks except for the last several weeks of quarantine when our doctor worked seeing emergency cases. Those cases were being called “emergent” cases, which I didn’t know was a thing.

I spent some time sewing masks. I had various bits of quilting cotton fabric from my sister-in-law from years ago when she stopped quilting.

These first models had ties because I had no elastic.

I had, the operative word being “had”, a friend on social media who chastised a woman who was charging $5 per mask. Said friend said that she had made 350 masks and given them all away, and she thought the $5 woman should also give hers away. She was outraged that someone dare charge anything at all. I commented that perhaps the $5 woman needed to recoup some money so she could buy more materials to make more masks. After all, you can’t pour from an empty jug. “Friend” wasn’t having that kind of thinking. She scolded me. And I, not needing aggravation of that sort, I unfriended her. Something was off in that conversation. If she found a spool of 100 yards of elastic in her sewing room, how is that enough to make 350 masks? I think it is not possible.

Pet peeve: the folds on the outside of the mask should point down, not up, unless your nose grows upward. Wear the mask the wrong way and expect a poor fit.

Then the elastic arrived. I thought that would make my life easier until I wore one for the day.

It was unbearable.

I figured I could make 2 masks per yard and that would cut down on production time immensely since I didn’t have to cut, press, and sew the ties. Yes, but no. Yes it is a faster construction. No it is not comfortable. So boo to yet another brainstorm.

If you want to look at these with a description, they are in my Etsy shop, “Catcatcher Corner”.

Just please, y’all? Wear a mask.

6 Responses to “The Mask”

  1. Missy’s Crafty Mess/Missy’s Handarbeid Says:

    Wow, you’re not the first person to have posted a story about people arguing about the price of face masks. $5.00 seems very reasonable. I went out once wearing a mask and had an asthma attack because I couldn’t breathe. Isolation it is for me.

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    • Ruth Rawls Says:

      I saw one woman charging $20+. That was early in the pandemic. Sewing is her livelihood and she is an expert and her products were stellar. I thought it was too much but then I tend to undersell myself.
      At first we wore some n95 masks that Leslie found in one of his cabinets. Wearing one of those was a lesson in what some people have to go through. It was a struggle to maintain composure.

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  2. terilowery Says:

    Sure had a problem attempting to reply to your blog. I wear one because I haven’t been tested and rarely go out. Don has an immune system issue, but we still hug “goodbye” when we part. I’m 67 and he’s 60 with immune system problems so we will continue to wear masks. I haven’t been tested because I know I might possibly be infected the next day. Don HAS been tested so we hug when we leave each other.

    That’s just me. I’m protecting myself and others. I appreciate you acknowledging that you keep away from fellow shoppers. That’s what is important—close contact.

    Sent from my iPad


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    • Ruth Rawls Says:

      WordPress has another update a few months ago, and I was having difficulty posting in general. Technology. I love it and hate it. I mostly love it.
      I work in a medical office. Our patients come to the check-in desk, we give them a squirt of sanitizer in each hand, and a mask if they are not wearing one. We screen them regarding if they have been out of the state, been running a fever, been around anyone with respiratory symptoms, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We had to start asking HAVE YOU BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19, because, believe it or not, we had a woman last week who told us after her exam that she had had Covid-19 and her husband died from it. Then we take their temperature with a contactless thermometer.


  3. Jefferson Mason McQueen Says:

    Hey Ruth. I have recently discovered your blog when I googled “James Mason McQueen” and up popped the last will and testament of my Great-Great-Great Aunt Martha Ellen Mason, feme sole. I was wondering if you had unearthed any more of my Mason/McQueen family documents from Loudon, Tennessee?

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    • Ruth Rawls Says:

      Hello, and welcome to the blog! I randomly found your Aunt Martha’s will while browsing through a collection of documents. I hope someday to learn more about her – she sounds fascinating.


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