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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