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,

August Play Days

Hi! I hope you’re having a great summer.
Our August days will be Saturdays 8/4 and 8/18 from 10 – 3 with (bring your own bag) lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.
We always meet at ARTS After School at 3510 Weems Road.
We’ll be sewing, sorting, pressing, organizing – you know, all those activities that come with making charity blankets . . . all while having lots of fun.
I’d like to thank all our talented, kind, and loving volunteers who give their time so graciously. Sew for Hope has the best volunteers.
Thanks for all you do,

July Work Days

Happy Independence Day! I’m grateful that I have the freedom to sew and the time to be of service to others.
This month we’re meeting on July 7 & 21, from 10-3, with brown bag lunch 11:30 – 12:30.
As always we meet at ARTS After School at 3510 Weems Rd.
We have fabric donations coming in, so we’ll do some sorting in the morning. We received a large box of samples from a sewing factory (Himatsingka America) that makes bedding sets. They sent large color-coordinated pieces. We have a serger and on Saturday I’d personally like to make some summer-weight coverlets out of this fabric. The samples are big pieces and I’m going to serge them into panels for light-weight twin size blankets. Does anyone have a serger they could bring and the desire to help me with this project? There’s plenty of fabric to go around. Many of our volunteers like to come up with their own idea for charity blankets and quilts to sew. They come and work with the group but do their own thing. Join us if you feel you’d benefit from working in a group setting. We’re blessed to have a nice group of women who are fun to be with and are supportive of one-another. We also welcome solitary stitchers who like to stop by and select fabric or a kit to take home with which to make a charity blanket.
Hope to see you Saturday.
Thanks for all you do,

June Play Dates and News

Hi there,
We hope to see you during the month of June. We’ll be at ARTS After School on Saturdays, June 2 & 16. We always meet from 10 – 3 with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.
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We have an over-abundance of (small yet lovely) fabric scraps, so in June we’ll use those to make scrappy blocks. We usually spend our time finishing the work of other quilters. From that process we end up with left-over fabric – just like every other quilter. They’re much to precious to throw away, and it’s such fun to make scrappy quilts — it’s kind of messy though. We’ll need folks to sew and others to press. It would be a blessing if we also had a volunteer or two just to carry fabric and quilt blocks back and forth between stitchers and pressers. This would be a good month for beginners to jump in.
Since our inception in 2008, Sew for Hope has donated 1,804 handmade quilts and blankets just to the HOPE Community Homeless Shelter in Tallahassee. We’ve also given quilts and blankets to other groups and organizations. One such agency is PAEC in Quincy. Every year, since 2013, we’ve made and donated Pre-K naptime coverlets and crib blankets to their Migrant Farm Worker Summer Daycare Program. To date we’ve gifted them 340 blankets.
On Saturday, if you’re dropping off donations to us at ARTS, please try to do so before 1:00 so we’ll have time to sort before the end of the day. We can always use flannel, cotton novelty quilting fabric, and cotton solids and blenders.
Thanks for all you do,

Great Work Day!

We had a great day this Saturday, May 5th, working on a quilt-as-you-go project, making scrappy blocks and re-sorting our boxes of scraps to get the proper colors back together, as well as putting fabric into the fabric closet. We will meet again for similar activities on Saturday, May 19th from 10 am to 3 pm, with a brown-bag lunch at 11:30. We continue to meet at Arts After School, 3510 Weems Road. Join us!