Sew for Hope (SfH) Amnesty News, 2019 Dates, etc.

Hello and Happy New Year. Wow! Did 2018 fly-by or what? Whew! Gave me whip-lash!

SfH has passed its one decade milestone so it looks like we’re here to stay. We have such a great core group of women and men who support us in a variety of ways. Thank you.

Our January Play Days will be the 5th and 19th from 10-3 at ARTS After School.

We’ll have brown bag lunch with show-and-tell time from 11:30-12:30.

Please let me know if you’re planning to attend by replying to this email. Thank you.

Donations must be dropped off before lunch. We need enough time to sort. If at all possible, please hold your donations until February. We’re still reeling from the two large donations we received in December.

During lunch on the 5th we’ll be discussing our upcoming February Sewing Party. I don’t know yet, but we might need extra help with that.

In January I need to continue quilting on Carla’s batik quilt. It still has a long way to go. Our Bernina sewing machine has a very narrow throat, so it’s challenging to get that king size quilt in there. I could use a hand maneuvering it. Also, if you received a new machine for Christmas, please consider donating your old one to SfH. We do need a machine with both walking and free-motion feet and a wide throat. The machine needs to be in good working order because while we’re abundant in fabric and supplies, the same cannot be said for cash. Speaking of cash, we always accept monetary donations. Every year we need money for our website and domain name. We also need to install a couple shelves in our storage closet.

Back to our January meetings — Annette wants to work on making PAEC coverlet kits. We need 61 blankets every Spring, so she needs help organizing and working on that.

We encourage stitchers to stop by and select a kit to take home. We always have a variety of projects requiring different skill levels, however what we need help with the most is quilting. We always need help with quilting. We have several long-arm quilters who do beautiful work, but we’ve maxed out the amount of charity sewing they can do.

We’re implementing an Amnesty Policy. SfH has never imposed deadlines because we know our volunteers are busy and sometimes life prevents one from charity sewing. However, if you’re embarrassed by the length of time you’ve had: a project, kit, tool, or equipment — please don’t be. Now, if you know in your heart that you’re never going to finish it, please return it. We promise you’ll be greeted with open arms and a non-judgmental, friendly smile. We’re also known for our warm hugs. I once discovered a UFO in my fabric room that I’d taken home 8 years earlier. It happens! Anyway, I returned it and someone else took it home to finish. That’s what we’d like you to do. Return the item(s) so another volunteer can finish the project or use the equipment and get those quilts and blankets into the arms of waiting children.

2019 Play Days

Jan 5 & 19, Feb 2 & 16, Mar 2 & 16, Apr 6 & 20, May 4 & 18, Jun 1 & 15, Jul 6 & 20, Aug 3 & 17, Sep 7 & 21, Oct 5 & 19, Nov 2 and Dec 7

We’d like to thank ARTS After School for giving us such a splendid home. We’d also like to thank Quilter’s Unlimited and American Sewing Guild for their continued support. Without these groups we’d be nothing.

Thanks for all you do,

Cynthia

https://www.sewforhopenow.com

Arts After School

Welcome to Quilters Unlimited!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

May the Blessings of this season bring you joy and happiness.

Thank you for taking time to read our greetings. We’re winding up 2018 with one last Saturday play day on December 1. We’ll be at ARTS After School from 10 – 3 with brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30. We have a large fabric donation coming in so we’ll be sorting, stowing, and taking time for sewing. Please join us as we share in that warm fuzzy feeling you get when being of service to others.  Tis the Season.

Sew for Hope has made and donated 1,869 handmade quilts and blankets to HOPE Community Homeless Shelter. Shelter staff makes sure that each child who stays there gets to choose a quilt of their very own. Sew for Hope also continues to make and donate nap blankets to PAEC in Quincy.

For more information please go to our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Sew-for-Hope-Kids-260587934560/
Thanks for all you do,

Cynthia

November and December Meetings

Hi, thank you for taking the time to check in with us.

We’ll be at ARTS After School, 3510 Weems Road from 10 – 3 on Saturday, November 3rd and Saturday, December 1st. (Only one meeting in November and December) Brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.

Please join us as we make quilts and blankets for children who are homeless, impoverished, or in crisis. We have many projects in various stages of completion, so we’ll just work on whatever strikes our fancy. It just depends on who shows up and what they feel like working on.

October 2018 Sew for Hope Play Days and Info

Hi,
Thanks to all our volunteers and donors, we’re stronger than ever. To date we’ve given about 1,850 handmade quilts and blankets to children who’ve stayed at HOPE Community Homeless Shelter in Tallahassee. Sew for Hope accepts donations of fabric, quilt tops, partially made quilts, and sewing supplies. With help from Quilter’s Unlimited Quilt Guild in Tallahassee, we make and finish quilts. We then give those quilts to children who are homeless, impoverished, or in crisis. We meet twice a month* to play, organize, design quilts, cut fabric, sew, make quilt top kits, baste quilts, and of course the most fun of all — pressing fabric (which is not so bad when you’re with a bunch of really fun, kind, generous women).
This month we’ll meet October 6th and 20th.
10 – 3 with brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30
We always meet at ARTS After School.
3510 Weems Road
 
Donations should be delivered before 11:30.
Clean up begins at 2:30.
 
We frequently need volunteers to launder fabric. If you’re willing, or even considering please reply to this email.
Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia
*We only meet the first Saturday of the month in November and in December. In all other months we meet the first and third Saturdays.

September Play Dates

Hi, thank you for taking the time to read our short reminder.
We’ll be at ARTS After School, 3510 Weems Road from 10 – 3 on Saturdays, September 1 & 15. Brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.
Please join us as we make quilts and blankets for children who are homeless, impoverished, or in crisis. We have many projects in various stages of completion, so we’ll just work on whatever strikes our fancy. It just depends on who shows up and what they feel like working on. At this time we’re also making a quilt for Dr. Carla Hutchinson, one of the ARTS After School executive directors. It’s through her generosity, that we have such a perfect place to meet and work. Anyway, her quilt-top is finished and it’s pin-basted, so it’s ready to be machine quilted. Unless someone volunteers to do that PDQ, I’ll be doing the quilting on that during our meetings at ARTS. I’ll need someone to help me wrangle it at the sewing machine. Please!
We are in need of  ½ yard lemon yellow batik fabric. The fabric we’re trying to match is tone on tone, lemon yellow, with printed lemons and leaves. We also need ½ yard of bright, multi-colored batik in lemon, lime, teal, peacock blue, indigo, purple, and raspberry. The fabric we’re trying to match has stylized roses with stems and leaves. We need the fabrics to match or coordinate with the large triangles in the photo below. Sorry about the bad camera angle.
Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers who make beautiful quilts and blankets for children they’ll never know. You are a blessing.
Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia