News and Information

Hello Friends,

The total number of handmade quilts and afghans we’ve made and donated to HOPE Community is now at 1,406. Thank you to Tallahassee’s local church sewing groups, and to our local quilt and sewing guilds for helping make this possible.

We don’t have a move-in date for the new facility yet, so we won’t have our October 3 play-day. Our next scheduled day after that would be October 17. Maybe we can move our things from the mini-storage unit on that day. I’ll let you know when we have more information. We can’t plan anything yet, and need to give the school a chance to move their things first so we won’t be a nuisance.

The current Sew for HOPE blanket count at HOPE Community is meager. At this time there’s very little that our core group can do about it since everything is packed up. I really don’t like to push, but may I please humbly request that if you’re making a blanket for a HOPE kid, that you get it finished as soon as possible.

Just inside the storage unit, we have a couple of large totes containing many quilts that are close to being finished. Judy or I can meet you if you’l like to pick one up. If you have a finished quilt at home that you need to drop off, Judy and I will be at the Quilter’s Unlimited Guild meeting on Thursday, October 8. We meet at Temple Israel at 2215 Mahan Dr. Please drop off blankets between 6:15 – 6:45 (before the Guild meeting begins). If that’s not convenient, please call Judy 274-4699, to schedule a different time and place.

At this time we have plenty of receiving blankets, baby afghans, and small quilts. Our biggest need is for twin size and lap size blankets.

Sew for HOPE has a lovely handmade vintage quilt that’s better suited for a fund raiser than a gift for a child. We’re needing extra money for the storage unit at $170.00 per month, and we do have operational expenses. Is anyone willing to coordinate a raffle for us?

Thanks for all you do,

September Work Days Cancelled – Need Help!

HELP! Please Help!

I’ve just been informed that the landlord has leased the space we’re in and we have until Monday, August 31 to vacate. Yikes!

Emergency Packing Day, Saturday August 29 from 9 – 3 (or so)

We’ll have to continue packing on Sunday and Monday if need be.

Please bring boxes.

For now we’ll just be moving our treasures into the space next door. The new school will not be complete until October 1.
The emergency space that’s available to us is not large enough for all our stuff, so I’m praying that some of our volunteers are willing to take a few boxes home for 5 or 6 weeks. Pretty please.

Dr. Carla Hutchinson, the ARTS After School Director was very apologetic about this sudden event and has volunteered to bring boxes and help us pack. Looking on the bright side, we are so grateful to have a home with ARTS After School and we needed to have a packing day anyway. I’m excited about our new home, and Dr Carla assures me this is the last time we’ll have to move.

Our two regular play/work days for September have been canceled.

September Work Days

My goodness, can I really be writing about September already. Whew! Lately it seems that time doesn’t fly, it soars by at lightening speed.

I’d like to begin by thanking all our volunteers for working so hard for the benefit of our dear children who need some extra comfort and beauty in their lives. Thank you so much. The kids love, love, love their snugly blankets. And for those folks who are reading about Sew for HOPE for the first time; the kids I’m referring to are either temporarily residing at the HOPE Community Homeless Shelter in Tallahassee, or in the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Summer Day Care Program in Quincy. Also from time to time we donate hand-made blankets to other organizations that assist children in need.

Thank you also to our donors, especially ARTS After School for giving us a home. We would be nothing without them.

All our meetings are at:

ARTS After School
2743 Capital Circle NE, Ste 106
in the Esposito’s Strip mall
9-3 with a lunch break from 11:30 – 12:30

Meetings Cancelled for September

We’ll be there to accept donations and give out fabric kits for volunteers to take home to work on, We have many quilts that are in need of finishing. During our meetings we’ll also be sewing and doing some fabric organizing. We always have a good time visiting, learning and sharing new sewing skills.

Our biggest need continues to be twin size blankets. Also, we always seem to need yardage for quilt backs in solid colored fabric that does not have much pattern to it.

A note to new volunteers who are considering taking a project home to work on — we don’t have deadlines and we will never pressure you to get a project done faster. We have many volunteers working on behalf of the kids, so we have a steady stream of finished blankets coming in. We know that everyone is busy and we appreciate that you’re willing to spend some of your valuable time on this project.

Cynthia Seyler, Founder
Sew for HOPE

August 2015 play days and a current blanket count

The following message was penned by Judy Rainbrook for the Quilter’s Unlimited monthly newsletter, but it’s so well written that I thought I should include it in this reminder.

“Sew for Hope has been very busy the last few months making scrappy quilt blocks. But we still have three bins of scraps left! We have been pleasantly surprised by an increase in volunteers for our Saturday meetings at ARTS After School.
    When we dropped off completed quilts at Hope Community in July, we found that the stock of twin size quilts was totally depleted and medium quilts were down to eight. A large influx of families has led to this sudden demand. There are 40+ residents over capacity right now at Hope and many of them have youngsters and teenagers with them. So if you have a medium or large quilt that you are working on for Sew for HOPE, now would be a useful time to finish it.
    Sew for Hope could also use larger pieces of cotton fabric suitable for quilt backing.”
Judy Rainbrook

    Good work ladies and gentlemen, the grand total of blankets that Sew for HOPE has donated to HOPE Community is now 1,376. Even though we desperately need blankets right now, we would like to take a moment to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our mission.
    Sew for HOPE also needs large bent quilter’s safety pins. This is an item specific for quilting, and not your average safety pin.
     We have many quilts that are pin-basted and ready to be hand-tied or machine quilted. If you have some time to donate to this worthy cause, please stop by one of our Saturday work days and take a blanket home to finish. We need you. Thank you.

Our August Saturday play days are the 1st and 15th from 9am – 3pm
ARTS After School
2743 Capitol Circle NE in the Esposito’s strip center
lunch 11:30 – 12:30
Thank you to ARTS After School for donating such a wonderful work space.



Thanks for all you do,


Work Day Schedule – 2015

The following dates are the work days remaining for 2015:
Aug  1 & 15,
Sept  5 & 19,
Oct  3 & 17,
Nov  7,
Dec  5