October-December Play Dates

Sew for Hope Kids is going strong — sewing and giving away handmade quilts and blankets to kids who can really use some extra warmth, comfort and color in their lives.
If you think you might attend one of our meetings please note the dates in your calendar, as I might not do another reminder this year.
We meet at ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd
10 – 3 with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30
Saturdays, October 7 & 21
November 4
December 2
Due to the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, we’ll only meet once in November and once in December.
For more information:
We’re winding down the year so won’t be starting anything new during our last several meetings. We’ll spend our time finishing up some of the many projects that have been donated to us. We encourage stitchers of all skill levels to stop by and pick up a kit to take home and finish. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, the kits are well labeled with sizes and sewing instructions. We have beginner projects that are only 2 layers of fabric to be stitched together and made into Pre-K naptime coverlets. We have quilt tops that are started and need to be made larger with the addition of borders. We have quilt tops that are ready to be tied or quilted. I believe that if a kit needs batting it IS included. Our kits don’t contain thread, but we do have plenty so if you’d like thread, just ask. We don’t want quilters to spend their own money unless they choose to. And we have the “Make your Own Kit” option. If there’s a pattern you’d like to try, you can choose fabric from our stash and make a “Quilter’s Choice” blanket for a child in need. And lastly we have ten pounds of fabric scraps. You can sort through and take what you like to make scrappy blocks or a scrappy quilt top. We recognize that in our modern life, everyone is busy, so we don’t have deadlines on most of our projects.
*We need a Kenmore foot pedal power cord combo Model#  385.15516000
*We need those zippered bags that comforters and sheets come in — or jumbo zip lock bags to use for project bags.
*We need plastic poly-pellets. We have enough for the weighted therapy blanket we’re currently making, so it’s not urgent. We will need more in the future, so if you have any left over, please send them our way.
*In addition to quilts and blankets, we’d love to have fun pillowcases for kids at HOPE Community. They can be made or purchased.
Thank you to ARTS After School for giving us a home.
Thank you to Quilter’s Unlimited Quilt Guild in Tallahassee for giving us more support than you can imagine.
That’s all I can think of for now except, if I don’t see you — may your Holidays be Blessed with all good things.
Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia

September Play Dates

Hello there,

Just a brief reminder —
Sew for Hope’s Saturday meetings in September will be 9/2 and 9/16.
10 – 3 with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30. Bring a brown bag.

ARTS After School
3510 Weems Road

Join us as we continue our mission of making, collecting, and donating hand-made blankets to children who are homeless and/or impoverished.

All skill levels are welcome and we do not insist upon perfection.

We’d appreciate receiving 6 1/2″ cut squares of 100% cotton novelty fabric. We’d like to make eye-spy quilts and need variety. Really, any size pieces of fun novelty fabric would be great. We can cut it to size. We also need yardage (any size from one yard – up to the entire bolt) of 100% cotton fabric in solid, dappled, or mottled bright colors. In other words, fabric that will blend and coordinate with novelty and busy prints. We are also running low on batting. We have quilt tops that are ready to be sandwiched with batting and backing fabric, but not enough batting to do the job.

Thank you so much for your time and all that you do,

Cynthia

http://www.sewforhopenow.com/
www.tallyarts.com

August Play Dates

Hi,
Our play-days in August will be the 5th and 19th.
We’re meeting from 10-3 with lunch from 11:30-12:30 (Note to self — plan my brown bag so I won’t have to run out during lunch).
We always meet at ARTS After School.
3510 Weems Road

Since we’re sewing for children, should we start a tradition of making doggy themed quilts during the dog days of August? Do you have any left-over 100% cotton canine print fabric in your stash? We could make scrappy blocks. Even though we have quilts to finish, we love making blocks and quilt tops. Sometimes we need to indulge ourselves. If you’re coming on Saturday, and you have left-over (laundered) pooch fabric in your stash, please bring it along. Honestly though, it’s hard to have a firm plan. We never know how many volunteers we’ll have, or the amount of donations we’ll receive. So we’ve learned the importance of being flexible.

Here’s the loose plan: I’m hoping we’ll have enough volunteers so that we can have a couple people quilting from the many UFOs in our inventory, also several people sewing 12 1/2″ fido blocks, a few people cutting and squaring up those blocks, a couple working on twin-size quilt top lay-out, a fabric presser (or 2), and a runner. It would be great if we could have several volunteers arrive a few minutes before 10 to help set up the room. We must bring tables and the ironing board up from the storage closet. And we always need folks who can stay until 3 to help clean up.

The bowwow blocks – I know a picture is worth ten thousand words but I can’t insert an illustration here. So, without getting too wordy — we’ll make easy 12 1/2″ square, strip-pieced blocks, with all the strips sewn down on the diagonal. Let’s primarily use wide strips so they’ll make up faster. We need to do this without a paper foundation because we don’t have 12 1/2″ wide paper. We have colorful scraps which are already cut into strips of varying widths, but let’s make sure that each block has a wide strip of tail-wagger fabric running diagonally across the center. The rest will be simple once we get started and have an example of what we’re making. Quilts made from scrappy blocks such as these always look better if there’s a constant in each block. An example would be to have a solid black strip on either side of the center strip on each and every block in the quilt top. Another example would be to have the same solid blue fabric on two opposite corners of each and every block. We’ll make those decisions once we get started and see what fabric that we have to work with.

I only have time to add a couple more things right now.

1. Sew for Hope can always use plastic zippered bags like those that sheets and comforters come in. We use them for project bags. If possible please remove the stickers and gum residue (I use WD-40).

2. HOPE Community can always use twin bedding. Some of our readers may like to sew but not quilt. Pillow cases made from novelty fabric for children would be a very nice gift. These can also be purchased.

Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia

http://www.sewforhopenow.com/

www.tallyarts.com

July Work Days

Hello,

Thanks to ARTS After School we’re still going strong and sewing for kids who need extra warmth and comfort in their lives.

Our next meetings are Saturdays, July 1 & 15
10 – 3*
Lunch break from 11:30 – 12:30
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Road

We completed and delivered the naptime coverlets and quilts to the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Summer Daycare Program in Quincy. We’ve already begun sewing and collecting blankets for next year. We have kits available for anyone who wants to stop by and pick one up. The instructions are also on our website if you have flannel and want to make them with your own fabric. The deadline for having them finished and returned is May 5, 2018. No rush!

We still have many HOPE Community quilts that need to be completed, so that’s what we’re focusing on over the summer. One of our activities is to finish other peoples challenges. I don’t know how many quilt blocks and half-finished quilt tops we’ve received. When people get confused about what to do next, or really mess up with their cutting and/or piecing, we sometimes end up with it. You’d think that our response would be a sarcastic “Gee thanks”. No! Not at all. We are so fortunate to have volunteer geniuses who will lay out those challenge blocks, figure out how to fix them, and actually get them finished into beautiful quilts. Amazing!!!!! Want to try it? Activities like this are good for your brain. Do you need practice honing your critical thinking?** This is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, except there’s more than one way to complete it. If there are missing pieces, you can recreate them with extra fabric. When you’re finished, there’s actually something usable. It’s not a puzzle that will go back in the box never to be looked at again. It’s very rewarding.

Of course we also love to receive quilts that volunteers have made from start to finish. Because we know what it takes, we are very appreciative of your efforts. If you’d like to stop by, we have fabric to give away for making charity quilts. We also accept fabric, sewing supplies, and equipment.

Well, that’s it for now.

Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia

For more information please visit http://www.sewforhopenow.com/

*(Only read this if you’re really curious about our change in hours, because it’s BORING!) We used to meet from 9 – 3, but 9 a.m. was just too early for most of our volunteers. Set up requires moving equipment and takes more than one person to carry tables. Then we tried shifting our day to 10 – 4 so we’d have the same number of working hours. As it turns out, 4 p.m. is just too late to stay on a Saturday.

**For the definition and more information on critical thinking visit http://www.criticalthinking.org/

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June Play Dates

Hi,
We’ll be at ARTS After School, 3510 Weems Road
10 – 4 with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30
Saturdays, June 3 & 17*

Please join us as we make quilts and blankets for kids in our community — kids who need a little extra warmth in their lives.

We have lots of quilts started that need to be worked on either at ARTS, or they can be taken home to work on. Some of our volunteers come and choose fabric they like from our stash. Sometimes there’s another volunteer hanging out who will iron their fabric for them. They might stay and use our cutting tables and giant cutting mats. At the end of the day they take their project home to sew on. The next time they come in, it’s to use our big tables and mats to square up the quilt top or maybe sandwich it with the batting and backing. There are usually extra hands willing to help pin baste the quilt. Then they may take the quilt back home to quilt. If quilting isn’t their thing, they can turn it in and someone else will volunteer to do that part. Although we do not have as many quilters as we need. That’s why we have so many toppers that need to be finished into quilts.

For those volunteers who want a simpler task, we have Pre-K nap time coverlet kits ready. Those are pre-cut front and back panels. The two layers just need to be stitched together. Each kit has instructions but they are also available on our website.

We are always accepting donations of fabric, batting, and sewing supplies. Also we are still accepting cash donations to help pay for our cabinets and shelving. These items may be dropped off at any of our work days.

*For the entire 2017 work day listing, or for more information, please visit our website.

www.sewforhopenow.com

Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia