Sew for Hope has Steel Cabinet for sale & May Dates

Happy Spring,

We’ll be at ARTS After School
Saturdays, May 6 & 20
10 – 4, with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.
3510 Weems Rd

Thanks to our wonderful patrons and volunteers, we completed and delivered the PAEC blankets more than a month before deadline. Thanks to Annette’s early planning and good organizational skills, it was a breeze this year. Also, our volunteers have been working so hard that the quilt inventory at HOPE Community is more than adequate right now. It feels really good to live in a community that rallies around those in need. Since we’re in such good shape, last month we also donated quilts to Miracle Hill Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Tallahassee.

Regarding the steel, office-supply-type storage cabinet: we’re replacing it with free standing shelving. We’ll be making that switch during our May 6 gathering. To assist us in purchasing two heavy-duty shelving units, we’d love to sell the cabinet. If no one offers to purchase it, we’ll donate it to any interested organization or give it to an individual. If you’re interested, please reply immediately, along with your offer or request. The cabinet is steel, 2 door with latching handles, putty color, 72″ high, 18″ deep, 36″ wide, 5 shelves (4 shelves are repositionable). It’s in excellent condition. Cost to purchase a new cabinet of this type would be $270 – $320. If interested, you must take possession on Saturday. We are willing to deliver, but cannot store it.

During both our Saturdays in May we’ll also be sewing as usual. Please join us for the day, for an hour, or just for lunch. We’d love to see you.

Thanks for all you do,

PS To date we’ve donated 1,702 quilts and handmade blankets to HOPE Community.

April Work Days

Our Saturday meeting days in April are the 1st and 15th, from 10 – 4, with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.

ARTS After School
3510 Weems Road

We’ll continue working on finishing quilts where just the tops have been donated. Our core group that usually does this already has their hands full of unfinished quilts. We’re in need of ladies who haven’t quilted for us in a while, or new quilters who need practice with their quilting. Please know that perfection is not necessary. Our mission is to provide warmth to children in a fun and colorful way. The young recipients will neither notice nor criticize your sewing skills. What they will notice is that, at one of the lowest points in their life, they received a gift that they could hold to their heart, and hide from the world under.

We’re still making payments to ARTS for the wonderful cabinets they graciously installed in our room. We also need shelving in our closet, so we are accepting monetary donations.

Speaking of fund raising — do you have too much stuff laying around your house that’s just in the way? Do you simply hate to have yard sales? Well, there’s this really cool consignment shop called Anita’s Funky Emporium. Sew for Hope has a contract with Anita. Through her shop, we sell items that have been donated to us that we can’t use. It’s a way for us to make a bit of money. However, right now we need more than just a bit of money. So we’re asking you to please donate some of your cool and funky collectibles in the name of Sew for Hope.

Anita’s Funky Emporium
Wed – Sat 10 – 6
Sun 12 – 5
3686 Woodville Hwy

That’s all for now except for thanks for your time, and thanks for all you do,

March Work Days

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,

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
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,

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,