Sew for Hope – July

Hi There,

It’s your friendly reminder that we’ll be sewing and having fun at ARTS After School from 10 – 3 on Saturdays 7/6 and 7/20.

Yes! We continue to meet during the Summer even though our group is sometimes smaller — what with several of us traveling about. Fun aside, our mission is to make and give blankets to children who are homeless and/or impoverished. That’s serious business so we could use your help. We appreciate all our volunteers and supporters. We’d be nothing without you.

We’re currently accepting donations of UFO’s. If you have left-over quilt blocks or quilt tops, that you know you’ll never finish, we’d love to have them. That’s one of our specialties. We take those UFO’s, finish them, and get them into the hands of kids in need. But it’s not enough just to give us unfinished sewing projects. We also need stitchers to finish those projects. Sometimes we receive a stack of quilt blocks and have so much fun arranging them and figuring out what to do. This is a fun charity for people who have imagination and/or are good with their hands. We also need folks to take fabric that’s been donated to us and make charity quilts to return to us when finished. If you’re newly retired and now have extra time, please consider joining us. We’re a helpful and friendly bunch.

Last month I mentioned that we’re accepting 12 1/2″ unfinished log cabin and 9-Patch eye-spy novelty blocks. We’ll continue to accept those. The eye-spy blocks should have a different fabric in each square.

We’re also in the business of keeping fabric out of our landfills. People who love to sew buy so much fabric that they never use. Yes, we take that fabric and make quilts, but several of our members also make pet beds. We make cases out of heavier-weight fabric then stuff them with our snippets of thread, fabric and batting so those tiny bits don’t get thrown away. Many a shelter animal has received a comfy pet bed from a local quilter.

That’s all for now.

Thanks for all you do,

Cynthia and her Sew for Hope Sisters

Sew for Hope in June

Good Day,
We’ll be at ARTS After School on Saturdays June 1 & 15 from 10 – 3 with brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.
Please join us as we organize fabric, design quilts, figure out what to do with donated quilt blocks, cut, press, sew, visit, laugh, and eat.
We received a large donation of flannel that needs laundering, so we’ll need a volunteer to pick that up.
We always have fun working together, but we do have quilt and blanket project kits that stitchers can pick up to work on at home — for solitary stitchers. Volunteers may also choose fabric from our stash or their own and make simple 12 1/2″ log cabin blocks, or simple 9-patch eye-spy novelty blocks. If you like to experiment and learn, you can also try a quilt block or project that’s new to you. We don’t expect perfection. The children who receive your quilts aren’t going to examine your perfect points. They’re going to love the fabric and coziness.
That’s all for now.
Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia and the Sew for Hope Sisters

May, 2019 Sew for Hope

Thank you for taking the time to read our note.

We’re meeting in May on the 4th and 18th
10 – 3 with brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30

3510 Weems Road in the ARTS After School Building

Thank you to all our donors who so generously give fabric or sewing supplies, but please try to drop off before lunch. We need time to organize donations. Speaking of donations, we do have some yardage coming in that will need to be laundered. Thank you. Blessings upon anyone willing to do someone else’s laundry. That’s service in a most humble way.

We completed and delivered the 2019 PAEC blankets just in time. We’ve already started making kits for the 2020 PAEC blankets. These are easy to sew, and we like to have the kits available for people who are looking for an easy project. Please feel free to stop by for a visit and to pick up an easy kit. Volunteers may also select fabric from our stash and make a quilt or blanket of their own design. We also have more advanced projects that are ready for quilting.

We sew and create and make a lot from a little. We’re doing what we love. Sew for Hope allows it’s volunteers to express their gifts and talents. Sew for Hope recognizes that what we do as a group is of great value to ourselves and to others. If you would like to try us on for size, stop by any time. Newcomers are always welcome. We are not a closed group. We are not cliquish. We have fabric, equipment, supplies, and plenty of room to spread out and sew. Solitary stitchers are also welcome to use their own fabric, sew at home — and just drop off finished blankets. More information on size requirements can be found on our website.

Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia and the Sew for Hope Sisters

Please Read Sew for Hope Kids April, 2019

Good Morning,
Our next play days will be April 6 & 20. We meet from 10 – 3 with brown bag lunch with show and tell from 11:30 – 12:30. We meet at ARTS After School, 3510 Weems Road. For detailed directions, visit our website.
In April we’ll continue working on PAEC naptime coverlets. This is always our biggest project of the year because we have a deadline to deliver 61 blankets. Our April plan is to complete the blankets for 2019 and then work ahead for 2020.We’ve decided to match fabric, cut (to size), and make “project kits”. That way we’ll be prepared when volunteers are looking for a simple project to take home and sew.
The PAEC project required a lot of yardage. We’re always going to need flannel and it frequently goes on sale at JoAnn. Today it’s 60% off (hint hint). We’d love to have pieces that are at least 1 2/3 – 2 yard pieces. And with your 50% off coupon you could also buy the same size piece of novelty cotton that coordinates (wink wink). Our recipients for these coverlets are 3 and 4 years old. Also, if it’s not too much trouble could you please launder the fabric before donating. Flannel shrinks quite a bit in the wash, and cotton has a sizing on it from the factory that a lot of people are sensitive to. All our fabric gets laundered before use.
Well, that’s all the news for now. But I would like to thank the kind people of Tallahassee who have made Sew for Hope so successful. Also thank you to Quilter’s Unlimited and Marianne at The Quilt Peddler.
Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia and the Sew for Hope Sisters

March Play Dates and Activities

Our next two Saturday play days will be 3/2 and 3/16/19 from 10 – 3. We’ll have brown bag lunch with show & tell from 11:30 – 12:30. Please join us for fun and fellowship.
In March we’ll need lots of help organizing fabric for our ongoing PAEC Summer Daycare Blanket Project. The tentative deadline is April 6, so we’ll also be doing lots of sewing. Please bring your own portable sewing machine if possible. We have several blankets completed, but our goal is 61, so we have a long way to go. They’re an easy project and most are small, non-quilted coverlets. If you want to make PAEC blankets, but can’t sew with the group, that’s fine. You can either pickup fabric from us or use your own. If using your own fabric, please let us know so we can include them in our count. The sizes and instructions are on our website:
Our February open houses were so successful we’re considering making it an annual event. We made new friends and got a lot of work done. Thank you to all our volunteers who planned, organized, tested blocks, printed copies, sewed, made quilt tops, carried supplies, decorated, brought yummy food to share, helped visitors feel welcome, and stayed to help clean up. Yay! We have an amazing group.
Thanks for all you do,
The Sewing Sisters of Sew for Hope Kids