Jan Kilian of Upsala models one of the hats she made while she finishes another. She is part of The Pins ‘N Needles Quilting Guild of Sauk Centre, a group that is sewing surgical hats and CDC-approved masks for use by medical staff and patients at their local hospital. The guild was notified of the shortage of supplies and within a few days the ladies pitched in and supplied 75 hats and many masks; their work is continuing. Sewers can get the very simple pattern at: and click on “Deaconess asks public to sew medical face masks.” The website includes a video. For more information, email

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