April Meeting Schedule

Happy Springtime!
Our next two Saturday meetings are April 7 and 21, 2018
10 – 3
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Road
brown bag lunch 11:30 – 12:30
We always have a good time playing with fabric and deciding how to finish UFOs into quilts and make blankets that kids would love to have. Sometimes those design decisions are simple, such as choosing two large pieces of fabric that coordinate and sewing them together for a naptime coverlet. Sometimes the UFOs are complex, like when a stitcher completely goofed up her quilt blocks — and rather than figure out how to fix it, donated them to us. Then we figure out how to salvage it. So, if you know how to sew and love puzzles with more than one solution, please join us. If you’d like to be of service in a non-pressure setting and don’t know how to sew, we always need fabric pressers, runners, and people who are willing to help set up at 10 or clean up at 2:30.
Sew for Hope Kids is forming a new Pick up and Delivery Volunteer Pool. We already have a volunteer coordinator. We just need a handful of folks who, if available when called upon, will pick up outgoing donations from Sew for Hope during our Saturday play sessions. Volunteer will deliver those items, at their convenience, to other organizations such as The Sharing Tree. Outgoing donations are fabric and sewing or craft supplies that we can’t use. We’re also looking for folks to occasionally launder and fold fabric that will be returned back to Sew for Hope. If you’re willing and able to be a member of this pool, please reply. Of course, please forward this to anyone you think might like to be involved.
If you have donations for Sew for Hope Kids, please deliver before lunch so we have a chance to sort them before it’s time to clean up.
Thanks for all you do,

February Meetings:

Sew for HOPE will meet on Saturday, February 3rd and 17th from 10 am to 3 pm. “Brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30. As always, we meet at ARTS After School, 3510 Weems Road.

Happy New Year from Sew for Hope Kids and 2018 schedule

Sew for Hope Kids meets the First and third Saturdays at
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Road
10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Brown bag lunch from 11:30 – 12:30

2018 Meeting Dates are as follows:
Jan 6 & 20, Feb 3 & 17, Mar 3 & 17, Apr 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, Jun 2 & 16, Jul 7 & 21, Aug 4 & 18, Sep 1 & 15, Oct 6 & 20, Nov 3, Dec 1

We’ll start off the new year by working on easy Pre-K naptime coverlets. We have an annual commitment to make 45 for the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Summer Day Dare Program. That’s a lot of blankets, so to avoid having a panic attack in late Spring, we work on this project all through the year. We already have blanket kits assembled and ready to go. Please either join us and stitch with the group, or stop by and pick up a kit or two to take home and complete. If you’d like to use up some of your own fabric stash on this worth-while project, please see our website for the specifications.

Another task we need help with is for a couple people to work on reorganizing our fabric storage cabinets.

Our mission is to sew and make blankets for children who need some extra warmth and comfort in their lives. Just for the Pre-K coverlet project alone, we use 80 yards of novelty cotton and 80 yards of coordinating flannel every year. Therefore we can always use yardage of cotton novelty quilting fabric, solids and blenders of cotton quilting fabric, solids and blenders of flannel, and quilt batting. Currently we’re also accepting unfinished quilt tops — as long as the pattern is something that will appeal to kids. Right now we have plenty of small scraps and plenty of fabric for older or more mature tastes.

May the coming year bring you many Blessings of joy, peace, and prosperity.

Thanks for all you do,

December Play Date

Due to the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, we’ll only meet once in December. We’re winding down the year so won’t be starting anything new during our last meeting. We’ll spend our time finishing up some of the many projects that have been donated to us. Michele is purchasing extra shelving for the fabric cabinets. On Saturday we’re going to work on organizing, purging & refolding. We encourage stitchers of all skill levels to stop by and pick up a kit to take home and finish.

October-December Play Dates

Sew for Hope Kids is going strong — sewing and giving away handmade quilts and blankets to kids who can really use some extra warmth, comfort and color in their lives.
If you think you might attend one of our meetings please note the dates in your calendar, as I might not do another reminder this year.
We meet at ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd
10 – 3 with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30
Saturdays, October 7 & 21
November 4
December 2
Due to the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, we’ll only meet once in November and once in December.
For more information:
We’re winding down the year so won’t be starting anything new during our last several meetings. We’ll spend our time finishing up some of the many projects that have been donated to us. We encourage stitchers of all skill levels to stop by and pick up a kit to take home and finish. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, the kits are well labeled with sizes and sewing instructions. We have beginner projects that are only 2 layers of fabric to be stitched together and made into Pre-K naptime coverlets. We have quilt tops that are started and need to be made larger with the addition of borders. We have quilt tops that are ready to be tied or quilted. I believe that if a kit needs batting it IS included. Our kits don’t contain thread, but we do have plenty so if you’d like thread, just ask. We don’t want quilters to spend their own money unless they choose to. And we have the “Make your Own Kit” option. If there’s a pattern you’d like to try, you can choose fabric from our stash and make a “Quilter’s Choice” blanket for a child in need. And lastly we have ten pounds of fabric scraps. You can sort through and take what you like to make scrappy blocks or a scrappy quilt top. We recognize that in our modern life, everyone is busy, so we don’t have deadlines on most of our projects.
*We need a Kenmore foot pedal power cord combo Model#  385.15516000
*We need those zippered bags that comforters and sheets come in — or jumbo zip lock bags to use for project bags.
*We need plastic poly-pellets. We have enough for the weighted therapy blanket we’re currently making, so it’s not urgent. We will need more in the future, so if you have any left over, please send them our way.
*In addition to quilts and blankets, we’d love to have fun pillowcases for kids at HOPE Community. They can be made or purchased.
Thank you to ARTS After School for giving us a home.
Thank you to Quilter’s Unlimited Quilt Guild in Tallahassee for giving us more support than you can imagine.
That’s all I can think of for now except, if I don’t see you — may your Holidays be Blessed with all good things.
Thanks for all you do,