June-July Shedule and activity update

We still have many boxes of fabric to unpack, so we’re not quite settled in yet. However we just had another sewing meet this past Saturday, and it sure was fun. We laughed and joked while playing with donated quilt blocks and quilt tops, selecting fabrics to coordinate with those, ironing, and stitching that fabric together into something beautiful. It’s our goal to get those quilts completed and in the hands of precious children staying at the HOPE Community Homeless Shelter here in Tallahassee.

To date we’ve donated 1101 blankets to HOPE Community. Of those blankets, 578 were handmade quilts and 197 were knitted or crocheted afghans. The rest were simple fleece blankets, tiny receiving blankets, purchased or used blankets.

Back to our meeting this past Saturday — Lucy, with the PAEC Program came and picked up the 45 nap-time coverlets and 16 infant quilts we completed for the Migrant Farm Worker Day Care Program. We’ve made a commitment to provide the blankets for this program again next summer and we’ll put the specs on our website for anyone interested in making one or more. A big thank you to Annette for heading up the project this year and for making all 16 infant quilts.

Upcoming Work Days

Tue, June 10, 2014,  1 – 4:30

HOPE Community Cafeteria

2729 W Pensacola St

We’ll be working on quilting a couple of quilts with the simple hand-tying method. We’ll also be delivering many hand-made quilts and blankets to the shelter at this meeting. Our volunteers are the best. Also Quilter’s Unlimited and American Sewing Guild members have been very generous with their time and talent. If you’d like to see some of this handiwork, please stop by.

Sat, June 21, 9 – 3

lunch from 11:30 – 12:30 (we do not have access to a microwave or fridge)

ARTS After School

2743 Capitol Circle NE (Esposito’s Center)

Ste 105 & 106

Our goal is to take donated fabric and create blankets for local children who just happen to be in need. Our secondary goal is to be kind to one another, and have as much fun as we had last time.

We will not be meeting at ARTS the first Saturday in July because that’s Independence Day Weekend.

Tue, July 8, 1 – 4:30

HOPE Community Cafeteria

(please see above)

We will try to always have a quilt spread out on the table that needs to be tied.

Sat, July 19

ARTS After School

(please see above)

Sat, Aug 2

ARTS After School

Tue, Aug 12

HOPE Community Cafeteria

May Work Schedule

We had a workday this last Saturday, May 3 at ARTS after School.  We will still be working on the Pre-K nap-time coverlets for the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Summer Day Care Program.

Our commitment is 45 coverlets and we’re nearing the mark. We have only two Saturday workdays and limited supplies left to complete this project. We’re doing simple straight line sewing and Annette is doing the fabric selections. Part of our challenge has been to find soft fabrics that coordinate. Since we’re working with donated fabric, it’s not easy to find coordinates in our stash.  If you have any unwanted flannel fabric laying around your house, we’d love to have it. We especially need yardage in solid colors, and (because of our looming deadline) it needs to have been laundered.

If you made coverlets at home, please bring them Saturday, May 24th at ARTS After School.  If you have any fabric or uncompleted coverlets, please bring them also. If you cannot make it this Saturday but have coverlets to turn in, please let me know so that they can be counted.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING WORKDAYS

Tuesday, May 13

HOPE Community Cafeteria

2729 W Pensacola St

1 – 4:30

We will continue work on the PAEC coverlets

 

Saturday, May 24

ARTS After School

2743 Capitol Circle NE

9 – 3

We will continue work on the PAEC coverlets

 

Saturday, June 7

ARTS After School

9 – 3

 

Tuesday, June 10

HOPE Community Cafeteria

1 – 4:30

Thanks for all you do.

 

April-May work schedule

Hello there,
We’re off to a really great start at our new home at ARTS After School. We have such a nice big room to work in and a cluster of rooms behind that to store our treasures in. We are so grateful to Dr Carla and the staff at ARTS for making feel so welcome. With their generous donation we can continue our mission of making and giving handmade blankets to children who just happen to be homeless and/or impoverished.

This Saturday, April 5, we’ll be at ARTS from 9 – 3
2743 Capitol Circle NE, Ste 106 (Esposito’s Shopping Center)

Our plan is to continue work on the Pre-K nap time coverlets for the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Summer Day Care Program. If you’re planning on attending and sewing, please bring your sewing machine (only if you have a portable). Even though we do have sewing machines, it’s so much easier for someone to sit down at their own machine and begin sewing. By the way, this is just simple straight line sewing and no quilting. And if you’d rather not lug your machine along, that’s fine. You know you can use one of ours.

Also, we haven’t finished unpacking and putting our fabric away, so we’d appreciate a couple of volunteers for that please.

We’ll break for lunch from 11:30 – 12:30 and that’s when we’ll do show and tell. We’d like to see your projects, so bring them along if you’re so inclined.

Additional work dates will be:

Tuesday, April 8, 1 – 4:30
HOPE Community Cafeteria
2729 W Pensacola St

Saturday, April 19th
9 – 3
ARTS After School
same information as above

Saturday, May 3rd
ARTS After School
Please see above

Tuesday, May 13
HOPE Community

Please join us if you can. We miss you when we don’t see you.

Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia

We have a new home!

Feb 22,2014 - Sew for HOPE moved into our new home this weekend. We are now moved into space provided to us at ARTS Afterschool, located at 2743 Capital Circle NE in the Esposito’s shopping center. ARTS Afterschool  feels like a perfect fit. We have space to store our gear and material, space to stretch out and work on work days and we have the opportunity to work with the sewing classes at ARTS Afterschool. You can find out more about ARTS Afterschool at http://www.tallyarts.com/.

 

Grand Total of Donated Quilts & Blankets

 Good News — Sew for HOPE is going strong and at our January, 2014 workday at HOPE Community we donated our 1,049th blanket. Most of those blankets were handmade from donated fabric and stitched together by talented and caring volunteers. Just before Christmas, HOPE Community had a swell in the number of older kids living there and we didn’t have enough handmade blankets to fulfill the need. At that time we did purchase some soft, fuzzy blankets to give away. But in general Sew for HOPE blankets are handmade. We’re a green organization and use donated fabric that would otherwise end up in landfills.

 

In addition to other local organizations that occasionally receive Sew for HOPE blankets, we’ve made a commitment to give infant blankets and Pre-K nap time cover-ups to the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Summer Childcare Program. We’ve done this the past two Summers and will continue to do so. Because I haven’t sent a newsletter in so long, some of you may not know that several times we’ve donated dozens of handmade quilts to the Midwest after tornado devastation.

Thanks for all you do,

Cynthia Seyler, Founder

Sew for HOPE