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,

Sew for Hope Kids meets Saturday 6/18

    We’ll be at Sandra Tate’s home on Saturday, 6/18 from9-3 with lunch around 11:30.  Thank you Sandra, Kelsey and Jessica.
    Cynthia is bringing an enormous bowl of gluten-free Italian pasta salad to share with everyone. Sew for Hope Kids will provide fruit and ice cream.  If you’re coming, please RSVP by replying to the email sent to you. We want to be sure we have enough food.
    On Saturday we’ll be making quilt tops from the paper pieced quilt blocks that Virginia Vance has been making. Since we haven’t made quilt tops in so long, this should be lots of fun. Thank you Virginia.
    FYI — To date, Sew for Hope Kids has made and given 1,565 blankets (mostly quilts) to kids staying at the HOPE Community Homeless Shelter in Tallahassee. Yahoo! That’s a lot! Thank you to anyone who’s ever been involved with this worthwhile project. We couldn’t have done it without you.
    Children from newborn to 21 years of age are eligible to receive a handmade Sew for Hope blanket. Our greatest need is for twin size (68″ x 86″). Now that Summer is upon us, non-quilted blankets are greatly appreciated. One layer of flannel and one layer of cotton stitched together is perfect. Always launder fabric first. Instructions for blankets of this type are on the web-site under PAEC nap time coverlets. Just note that the size is really different.
    In July our first meeting will be on Saturday the 2nd at:
ARTS After School.   We have almost all our fabric put away, and some of our tables have arrived.  We’ll have more information later.  Thank you Carla.
   Two weeks ago we delivered 60 blankets to PAEC educational program in Quincy. Thank you to all the fine stitchers who helped make blankets for Pre-K, and the nursery. The children in this program get to keep their blankets, so next year we’ll continue this mission and provide an additional 45 nap-time coverlets, 8 crib blankets and 8 toddler blankets. The instructions for the Pre-K coverlets are on the Sew for Hope web-site. If the instructions appear to be incomplete, click on “Read user’s comments” under the posting. That will open up the rest of the information.
   At this time we are accepting donations of flannel yardage so we can put together the kits for next year.
Thanks for all you do,