Friends sewing up a storm

Joan Mitchell irons flat a fabric ‘tube’ to be used as ties on facemasks.

Not surpris- ingly, the Southwest Sublette Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton is almost as active and involved closed as it is open, with director Joan Mitchell, Karen Taylor and Amanda Fazendin spearheading a fun and fruitful effort among friends to sew as many personal facemasks as they can.

By the weekend, Fazendin, who directs the senior center’s activities, estimated they and their friends will have completed 500 of the masks. She stepped out Friday afternoon to deliver newly made masks to the Big Piney Post Office and Burney’s & Company employees.

The three have a solid crew of 15 or so seamstresses at home stitching dozens of personal “nonmedical” facemasks from high-quality quilting cotton for the Pine- dale and Marbleton-Big Piney clinics and

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health-care providers.
“They are sewing them at home and

dropping them off curbside,” Mitchell said. “They bag them up, drive up and throw them at me.”

Those sit in “quarantine” for a day be- fore they are gathered for deliveries.

Mitchell, Fazendin and Taylor spend many afternoons sitting down to their sew- ing machines after the skeleton crew pre- pares, serves and delivers dozens of to-go lunches.

They have already filled requests for 100 for each clinic and 25 for the Sublette Cen- ter and quickly moved ahead with whom- ever else has a need.

“We’re sewing up a storm,” Mitchell said of the three and their quilter and crafter friends who have a lot of quilt fabric on hand. Also, friends make donations so they

can buy high-quality clearance fabrics from Heritage Quilts in Pinedale.

Southwest Sublette Senior Center has adapted its own design by experience and by asking nurses and providers what they like in a facemask. Their version has all fabric ties instead of elastic, filter pockets and are slightly bigger than online patterns. No denim, no flannel and no fleece, Fazen- din advised, and filters for pockets can be made from HEPA-quality vacuum cleaner bags.

For a concise instructional video, visit Southwest Sublette Pioneers Senior Center Facebook page or call Amanda Fazendin at 307-276-3249.

Another resource for seamstresses is the countywide volunteer hotline reached by email at [email protected] gmail.com.

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