October Play Dates

Thank you for your time.
We’re meeting:
Saturday, October 1, 2016
9 – 3, lunch 11:30 – 12:30
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd
There are four children attending PlayBig Therapy and Learning Center who don’t have weighted therapy blankets yet. WTB soothe children who have suffered trauma or who have autism.These specialty blankets are custom made for the height, weight, and fabric preference of each child. That means they are very expensive for parents to buy. Our tentative plan for this Saturday is to make these specific WTB so they can be given to the kids. It’s tentative because we don’t have the poly-pellets in our possession yet. If by chance we don’t get the pellets, we have a dozen other projects we can work on. We have lots of tops that need to be finished into quilts. Pam Doffek bought us a mega-size roll of batting, and we have plenty of backing fabric. We’re good to go!
We have several sewing machines that can be used, however it seems to work out best when folks bring their own travel size machines.
We do need help getting some of our many quilt tops finished into blankets. I know there are many ladies (and a few good men) who can quilt or tie but can’t work with us on Saturdays. Please stop by and pick up a project to take home. We don’t have deadlines and any work you do is appreciated. We also have a pretty large fabric stash. Volunteers are welcome to stop by and select fabric with which to make a charity quilt. Other organizations in need of fabric and thread are also welcome to come raid our stash. We’ve been blessed with abundance and love to share.
Judy and I will be at Temple Israel (2215 Mahan Dr) for the Quilter’s Unlimited meeting on Thursday, October 13. I’m arriving at 5:30p.  Judy will also be there from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. If you’re not a QU member and have donations or finished quilts to deliver, you must arrive before 7p. If you’d like to stay for the meeting, social time is from 6:30 – 7. The meeting starts at 7.
Right now our greatest need is for quilts and blankets sized medium (approx. 60″ x 72″) and larger teen sizes (approx. 68″ x 86″).
We need poly-pellets for making weighted therapy blankets. The pellets are very expensive to purchase because the shipping is so high. If you have poly-pellets left over from a project, please consider giving them to Sew for Hope Kids.
We need about 2 yards of Hello Kitty fabric for one of the weighed therapy blankets.
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Our next work day will be Saturday, October 15. Same time. Same place.

Thanks for all you do,

News and Information

We’ve given approximately 1,600 handmade quilts and blankets just to the kids at HOPE Community Homeless Shelter. We donate to other organizations, but on Saturday, September 3 from 9 – 3 we’ll be focusing on finishing more quilts for HOPE Kids. We’ve been given many quilt tops with which to work.

Please stop by for the day or an hour. We’ll have lunch from 11:30 – 12:30 for nice folks who just want to stop by and visit.

We have a rolling secretarial chair to give away. If anyone wants it please let me know.

We seem to have run out of batting. We’d really appreciate it if someone would donate batting at this time because it’s hard to finish quilts without it.

Thank you to our volunteers and donors who have made our success possible. We love you and couldn’t have done it without you.


Arts After School
3510 Weems Rd


Sew for Hope Kids News and Dates

We’ll be meeting at ARTS After School on Saturday, August 20 from 9 – 3 with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.

3510 Weems Rd. — on Weems at Eliza. Eliza runs beside Honey Baked Ham on Capitol Circle NE.

For lunch, please bring a brown bag.

Although we’re still getting settled into our new home, we love the space. It’s so convenient that our fabric is right there in our room. Thanks to our donors, our cabinets are filled with an abundance of colorful and fun fabrics to work with. We thank ARTS for giving us this wonderful home.

Right now we’re working on several projects, which of course is the norm for us. We’ve had many unfinished quilts donated to us and that’s what we’ll be working on. We want to get those quilts finished and into the hands of children who are in need.

All are welcome to come and work in a group setting, take a project home to work on, or just stop by for a visit and see the new space. We’ve also been known to give fabric away to other charity sewing groups. If your group is in need of fabric, we welcome you. We love to share our abundance.

Last week I delivered 21 beautifully finished quilts and one tiny receiving blanket to HOPE Community here in Tallahassee. I’m very pleased that so many stitchers have heard our plea and donated long twin quilts suitable for older boys and girls. Marie at HOPE reported to me that they continue to harbor families with older kids. If you’re wondering what our current needs are, it remains quilts and blankets suitable for older teens. Kids up to 21 years of age are eligible to receive a Sew for Hope Kids blanket. Last week I also delivered two laundry basket bassinets. They are so cute. At this time I’m unable to attach the photo, so we’ll post it to the website.

We need 100% cotton fabric yardage (2 – 6 yard pcs) in solid colors. We did receive the black I requested, and also navy and white. Most fabric that’s donated is patterned, so we need primary and brightly colored solids that will play nice with all those different patterns.

All our play days are on Saturdays from 9 – 3 at ARTS After School. The rest of our dates in 2016 are:

9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 11/5, 11/19 & 12/3.

Thanks for all you do,

Sew for Hope News and Dates

We had a very productive work day at our first meeting at ARTS After School. Thank you so much to everyone who came to help put things away and to sew for those who are less fortunate and in need of warmth. Thank you to Dr. Carla Hutchinson at ARTS for the generous gift of work and storage space. We are so fortunate and it’s great to be back home.
Our next two play days are Saturdays, July 16 and August 6, 2016, from 9 – 3, with lunch around 11:30 – 12:30.
Annette is going to arrive at 9 and will need help setting up. Cynthia is arriving after lunch and will need help clearing up. We’ll be working on the laundry basket basinettes, and doing some patchwork sewing.
Last time Christy, Jeannie and Mary brought their own machines to sew on, and that worked out very well. It’s so much easier to sew on a machine you understand. Thank you ladies.
We plan to always set up a table in the hallway for giveaways of fabric, quilting templates, and other things we can no longer use. You’re always welcome to stop by on one of our play days and see what we’ve got.
Our greatest need continues to be large blankets — that is long twin size that an older teen would love to have.
Well, that’s it for now. Have a great Summer and . . .
Thanks for all you do,

Sew for Hope Kids – Saturday, July 2, 2016

    We’re having our first workday at the new ARTS After School building. Yay! We are so excited. Thank you ARTS After School. We appreciate you more than you know.
3510 Weems Rd is the new address.
Saturday, July 2, 
9 – 3,  lunch around 11:30 – 12:30
    I don’t know if we’ll have access to the kitchen yet. If you’re staying all day, either bring a brown bag lunch or plan on making a food run. There are lots of cafés and a Publix in the neighborhood.
    That morning a few of us will be arriving at 8:00 to unload the metal cabinet, tables, and other large items. Most of the fabric has already been sorted and put away. I hope we’ll get a little sewing done, and I’d like for us to work on the laundry basket bassinets for HOPE Community newborns. We have two laundry baskets that need to be slip covered. We already have one of the slipcovers started, and I know we can get that one finished. But I’d like for us to get them both completed so I can deliver them to the HOPE shelter.
    If you have a donation of fabric or finished quilts you’ve been holding on to, please drop by if it’s convenient for you.
    We have a special fabric request. Recently we were given a set of 15 beautiful quilt blocks that are brightly colored patchwork with black backgrounds. We rarely receive solid black cotton quilting fabric, and are in need of at least 2 yards. The blocks are quite large, and there are enough of them to make 2 twin size quilts — if we add some solid black fabric to the blocks. These blocks are quite bright and any fabric with other colors or patterns is going to clash. Do any of our local donors have 2-3 yards of black cotton to spare? These blocks are going to make two really handsome quilts suitable for older teens. Thank you.
    Sew for Hope Kids has made, collected, and given 1,565 handmade blankets (mostly quilts) to HOPE Community children. Newborns and kids up to 21 years of age are eligible to receive one of our blankets.
    Our next play-day will be Saturday, July 16. Same time. Same place.
Thanks for all you do,