March Work Days

Hi,
Our next two meetings will be on Saturdays, March 4 & 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you’d like to help set up, please arrive any time after 9:15. We’d love help with that too. Lunch is from 11:30 – 12:30. The location we always meet at is:

ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd

We’re going to spend the next several play days working on quilts that were donated to us in an unfinished state. These are challenging in a fun way. There are thousands of different patterns you can use to create a quilt. There are hundreds of different ways to finish a quilt that was started by someone else. If you have two people and one piece of fabric, one person may think it’s simply beautiful, and the other person may think it’s just awful. That’s when it gets amusing! So, the challenge is agreeing on how to complete those unfinished quilts. It really is fun to look at the unfinished quilt top, look at our available fabric, then agree on the best way to proceed. If you like to work with fabric and match colors, this group is for you.

We also have individuals who like to take a quilt from start to finish. From our collection, they select the fabric they like. They work on it in our group setting, but also take it home to work on. We have big tables that make fabric cutting easier, and lots of room to spread out. Some people like to provide their own fabric but still want to work in a group setting. It’s a great way to get to know like-minded people. Lunch break has been especially fun lately. It’s fine if you just want to join us for that.

We also welcome volunteers who’d like to stop by and pick up a project to take home to work on. With the exception of the PAEC Pre-K nap-time coverlets, and infant and toddler quilts, we don’t have deadlines on blankets. Speaking of the coverlets, we still have five that are outstanding but accounted for, so this project is complete for 2017. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped us finish up early this year.

The primary mission of Sew for Hope Kids is to make handmade quilts and blankets and donate them to HOPE Community Homeless Shelter here in Tallahassee. They are then given to children who stay at that shelter. When the kids leave, they get to take their blanket with them. They provide beauty, comfort, and security to children who are really having a rough time. To date we’ve made and donated 1,712 blankets to HOPE.

Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia

Sew for Hope Kids February Dates

Thanks to our donors and volunteers, we got off to a very good start in January. We made great progress with the Pre-K naptime coverlets for PAEC. We need 45 blankets total, so we’ll spend the next two meetings continuing to work on those. If you’d like to make a blanket or two at home with your own fabric, the instructions are at the link below. These are not quilts, they’re simply two layers of fabric stitched together. The deadline to get those into our hands is Saturday, May 6. If you plan on making PAEC blankets, please let me know so we can add them into our count.
PAEC Blanket Instructions here
 The Saturday meetings in February are 2/4 & 2/18
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd
Tallahassee
Reminder – New time: 10am – 4pm with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30
Thank you to ARTS After School for giving us a home, and thank you to Donna Dye for delivering more “solid” cotton fabric for us to work with. Making 45 whole cloth blankets takes a lot of fabric. Thanks to Donna we’re able to continue our mission in a bright and color-coordinated way. Thank you also to our talented volunteers who show up to sew. A room full of fabric doesn’t do us any good if no one shows up to use it.
In March, if we’ve completed the PAEC project, we’ll finish up some quilts that need work before they can be donated to kids at HOPE. We receive many quilt tops, both finished and unfinished that need completion. While it’s more fun to start a project, getting them finished and into the hands of children is very rewarding. If you have a quilt top that’s been ignored and unfinished for way too long, please consider donating it to Sew for Hope Kids. It’s a great way to let go of the guilt that an unfinished project can cause you.
We could also use some poly-pellets for our weighted therapy blankets. If you have some left over from a project you were working on, please consider donating them to us. Any amount will do.
That’s it for now, except —
Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia

Sew for Hope Kids 2017 meeting days list, time change, and note

Happy New Year. May the coming year bring happiness, good health, and prosperity to you and yours.
Sew for Hope Kids is about cheerfully being of service to those who are less fortunate than we are. We do that by gratefully receiving generous donations of fabric and sewing supplies. With those gifts, our loving volunteers create cozy blankets for children who are temporarily without a home and temporarily without the means to purchase a really cool blanket of their own. Someday they’ll grow up, be presidents, business owners, and advocates — but right now they could sure use a little help. Would you like to be a part of that?
Please note our meeting time has permanently changed to 10 – 4.
We always meet on the first and third Saturdays at ARTS After School.
3510 Weems Road, Tallahassee
Lunch break from 11:30 – 12:30
The 2017 dates for the year are as follows:
1/7 & 1/21,  2/4 & 2/18, 3/4 & 3/18, 4/1 & 4/15, 5/6 & 5/20, 6/3 & 6/17, 7/1 & 7/15, 8/5 & 8/19, 9/2 & 9/16, 10/7 & 10/21, 11/4 & 11/18, 12/2.
If it’s possible and you wouldn’t mind too much, please mark your calendar now. I’ve been feeling kinda poorly and it’s not always easy to get the reminder out a week before.
At our January meetings we’ll be making Pre-K nap-time coverlets for the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Day Care Program. This group of kids is 3 and 4 years old. We need 45 blankets, which would be difficult to make during just two meetings. The instructions are on our website if you’d rather work at home. Please do not feel that you must buy fabric. If you’d like to participate, but our meeting times aren’t good for you, please stop by and pick up some fabric, or let us know and we’ll make arrangements to meet you at your convenience. If you’d like to use up some of your considerable fabric stash, please remember that the age group for these kids is 3 and 4 year olds. No fabric themes that are too babyish or too grown-up.
Sew for Hope Kids is also present each month at the Quilter’s Unlimited Guild meetings. They are always the second Thursday of the month at Temple Israel. 2215 Mahan Dr. Donations can be dropped off between 1:30 – 4, or 5:30 – 6:30.
Thank you for your interest in Sew for Hope Kids, and thanks for all you do and all you’ve done,
Cynthia

How to Make Pet Beds for the Animal Shelter from Your Sewing Scraps

Sizes: The beds come in 4 sizes (approximately):

22 X 28
28 X 36
28 X 42
29 X 28

Outside Material:  This must be sturdy cotton or home decorator fabrics like cotton duck. Material should not be fuzzy or have glitter or other decorative elements.

Inside Material: cotton or cotton batting ONLY.  Material should be SMALL scraps – think under 6 inches square. Large wads of fabric will be uncomfortable for the animal. In addition, some of these beds are washed and dried, so smaller scraps inside mean shorter drying time. Please check twice for lost pins and remove all buttons, and metal or plastic additions, such as snaps.

Construction:

Simple pillow-case method – sew wrong sides together leaving a small opening for turning fabric right-side-to.  Once right sides are out, sew ¼ inch around outside to stabilize seam – leaving the opening. Stuff with scraps to fill bed loosely and then sew closed.

Fancy pillow-case method – sew as above but before turning right-side-out, sew gussets in each corner. This will result in a bed that lies “square” instead of curving down at the sides.

Finished Bed can be dropped off during Sew for Hope hours  at ARTS After School on Weems Road or directly to the Leon County Animal Shelter at 1125 Easterwood Drive (next door to Red Cross Building in Tom Brown Park.

Judy Rainbrook

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  Edward Everett

December/January Play Dates and News

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May your world be blessed with happiness and good fortune.
We’ll only have one more meeting in December and just in case I get busy with holiday hubbub, here’s the information for our January days as well.
Saturdays
December 3, January 7 and 21
9 – 3 with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd
We always meet the first and third Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
During our December meeting we’ll work on finishing blankets. Go figure! No really, at our last meeting we were given many unfinished quilt tops with which to work. What fun! But if you have a charity quilt started and you want to bring it and work with the group, that would be great too. I think we may also be finishing up some weighted therapy blankets. Welcome to Austyn and Shameka, our new volunteers who are working almost exclusively on those.
At both our January meetings we’ll work on the 45 Pre-K nap-time coverlets that we need for the PAEC Summer Day Care Program. Thanks to the generous fabric donations from Donna Dye and Loretta Veenstra, we have plenty of flannel for those coverlet backings now. The instructions are on our website if you’d like to make a blanket (or several) at home.
Marie at Hope Community informed us that they really need gently used blankets for adults right now. So this would be a great time to bring in any unneeded blankets that are taking up valuable space in your linen closet. Blankets can also be dropped off, during business hours, at HOPE Community at 2729 W Pensacola St.
Judy and Cynthia will be at Temple Israel for the Quilter’s Unlimited Guild meeting on Thursday, December 8. Sew for Hope Kids donations can be delivered from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or between 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thanks for all you do.
Cynthia Seyler, Founder
Please visit our website for more information