November and December Work Days

Dear Friends,

Sew for Hope successfully moved to St. Stephen Lutheran Church! We are grateful for their generosity and faith in our mission. We have been blessed yet again.

Our first work day at St. Stephen was small but productive. We worked on some big quilt blocks that we may have time to assemble into a quilt top at our next meeting.

Our play days and times will remain the same, although we are winding down the year. We’ll only meet twice more this year, once on Saturday, November 2nd and then on Saturday, December 7th. In January, we will return to meeting twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays.

We hope to see you from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, located at 2198 N Meridian Rd. We’ll have brown bag lunch from 11:30 to 12:30. Will be planning, cutting, sewing and pressing — making fun quilt blocks and quilts that appeal to kids of all ages.

Visitors are welcome to stop by for any length of time. We always need help setting up around 10:00 and clean up begins at 2:30.

Thanks for all you do,

The Sew for Hope Sisters

 

GOOD NEWS!

We have a new home!  St. Stephens Lutheran Church at 2198 N. Meridian Road has generously taken us in! We have both a big room to work in and a large storage area for our “stuff.” Now we just have to move all that stuff to the new location. All your good wishes once again have kept Sew for Hope alive!
 
Because of the move, we will not meet to play with fabric until Saturday, October 19th from 10 am to 3 pm with an 11:30 brown bag lunch. We will meet in the community room located at the end of the “U” formed by the three church buildings. We will have signs up.
 
Also, please remember that we will only meet ONCE EACH in November (November 2nd) and December (December 7th) because of the holidays.
 
Also , we are now using MailChimp to send out emails. We have moved to this email client to make it easier for us to manage our mailing list, which now exceeds 200 names! Please send us feedback or ask to be added to the mailing list using the comments page on our web site (https://sewforhopenow.com/?page_id=2356).

September – one day only

Hello Dear Friends,

This month, most of the Sew for Hope group will be attending Quiltfest in Jacksonville, so we’ll only meet on September 7. We’ll be at Timberlane Church of Christ from 10 – 3, with a brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30. The address is 3569 Timberlane School Road and we hope to see you there. If you’re able to join us on this day, please bring your own philanthropic project to work on if possible.

We ARE NOT meeting on September 21.

This is only our second meeting at Timberlane, but our first was great. We have an enormous room in which to spread out and work. There are lots of tables and chairs and the aroma coming from the kitchen was delightful. Anyway, at our first meeting we pulled back and simply made some small fleece throws for Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Speaking of . . . last month we delivered blankets to this organization after they did a bunk bed build. I just love making blankets to keep kids warm and secure at night. It warms MY heart.

We’re still looking for a home where we can work and store our things in the same premises. We presently have our belongings in an upstairs bedroom of one of our volunteers. Our meeting place is five miles away at the church. I recently received a call from a volunteer who needs more fabric to finish a blanket she started for us. Unfortunately all our fabric is packed away so it’s going to be a challenge finding the right box.

Please pass this info along to anyone who may be interested in sewing for children in need, or anyone who may have a lead on possible work/storage space for a well established philanthropic sewing group.

 

Thanks for all you do,

The Sew for Hope Sisters

August Activity

Dear Friends,

First of all, thank you all for your rapid offers of packing assistance. We put out the call for help and you responded. The immediate and strong offers to help us through this change have been really heartening. Thanks to all the help we had on July 20th, we’ve pared down our fabric and sent much to new homes where it’ll be used to help other sewing/quilting groups. Everything else is neatly packed and stored in our closet at ARTS and ready to be moved on Saturday, August 3rd. We do NOT need additional help with the move as we’ve determined we have enough trucks and SUVs in our core group to handle this. We have the offer of one of our member’s home where we can temporarily store everything in one place. We deeply appreciate this offer and did accept, but we really need a new home. Imagine how challenging it’ll be to have all our things in one place and yet have to work across town in another place.

 

If you have any ideas or leads, we’d really appreciate your input. It should have about 800 – 1,000 square feet of work space in one or two adjacent rooms for our twice-a-month work sessions, and a permanent, approximately 8’ x 10’ storage closet in the same place. It should be free or very low cost. If you have ideas or information, please advise us using the contact form on our web site (https://sewforhopenow.com/?page_id=2356)

 

Sew for Hope was founded in 2008. Since our inception we’ve made and donated almost 2,700 hand-made quilts and blankets. We began by making quilts for kids who’ve stayed at Hope Community Homeless shelter. We expanded to include making naptime coverlets for kids in the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Summer Day Care Program in Quincy. For a period of time we made weighted-therapy blankets for kids with autism or trauma. We’ve donated blankets to various agencies in and around Tallahassee. Now we’re discussing expanding our services to include making blankets for Sleep in Heavenly Peace. This organization makes bunk beds for kids who are currently sleeping on the floor. Their motto is “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town”.

 

The mission of Sew for Hope is actually three fold. There’s the obvious aspect of making quilts and blankets for kids in need. The secondary benefit of SfH is to keep fabric and sewing supplies out of our landfills. The garment and sewing industry generates an incredible amount of waste. We’re helping Mother Earth by using or sharing fabric and supplies no longer wanted by the original purchaser. Lastly, we give fabric to women who love to sew and who have a philanthropic soul. Making quilts from bits of usable fabric has a rich history that goes back countless generations.

 

Calendar

Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. , core group meets at ARTS After School. We’ll begin with a 15 – 20 minute logistics meeting. Then we’ll load our vehicles and head out.

Saturday, August 17th from 10 – 3 we’ll meet at Timberlane Church of Christ, 3569 Timberlane School Road. This is a temporary work space and unsuitable for long-term use. Anyone is welcome to join us and the day will be more of a sit and stitch. Please bring your sewing machine and any SfH project you’re currently working on. If you don’t have a S4H project, I’m sure one of our volunteers would love to have some assistance. Brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.

Thanks for all you do,

The Sew for Hope Sisters

Please forward this message on to anyone, or any organization you think could possibly help find us a new home.

Looking for a New Home

Dear friends,

Much to our surprise, ARTS After School, who very generously provided Sew for Hope free work space and storage room for the last 4 years, has asked us to move out in three weeks because of its own space needs. We put out the call for help and you responded.  First of all, thank you all for your rapid offers of assistance. The immediate and strong offers to help us through this change have been really heartening.

The good news is, thanks to all the help we had last Saturday, July 20th, we have pared down our fabric and sent much to new homes where it will be used to help other sewing/quilting groups. Everything else is neatly packed and stored in our closet at ARTS ready to be moved on Saturday, August 3rd. We do NOT need help with the move as we have determined we have enough trucks and SUVs in our core group to handle this. We have the offer of one of our member’s home where we can store everything in one place if needed.

But we need a new home. It should have about 800 – 1,000 square feet of work space in one or two adjacent rooms for our twice-a-month work sessions and a permanent, approximately 8’ x 10’ storage closet in the same place. And it should be free or very low cost. If you have ideas or contacts, please contact using the contact form on our web site (https://sewforhopenow.com/?page_id=2356)

Thank you again for all your help and kind words. May the force be with us!