Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Pad Donor Update

Since the Pad Palooza event at the end of September, 
660 cloth feminine pads have arrived from the following sources 
to bless girls in Haiti! 

Beverly from Alabama, a former Findlay, Ohio resident, 
sent this gift of 62 cloth feminine pads after reading about Pad Palooza 
in our local newspaper. Thank you Beverly!

These colorful flannel pads were sent by Connie from Lexington, Kentucky.

Deb from Ohio, sent a gift of 48 pads, 12 Hipster underwear and safety pins.

59 pads were donated by the Sew*Quilt*Share ladies at the October meeting.

A customer from Sew Nice in Upper Sandusky, Ohio donated these
lovely pads.

2 packages of pads were sent by Billie from Sioux Falls, SD.
Don't you just love all those polka dots? 

Special thanks to Heidi and the customers at 
Sew Nice in Upper Sandusky, Ohio
for the donation of 257 pads! 

127 pads were donated by the 
Daughters of The American Revolution - Northwest District
Nimble Fingers Quilt Guild, of Fostoria, Ohio.

They also included Ivory soap, underwear, ibuprofen, and safety pins.
Special thanks to Marilyn for all your efforts in coordinating this donation!

sent this donation 185 pads. Blessings to you ladies!

Terri, one of our "snow birds" from Sew*Quilt*Share,
donated these pads made from a variety of pretty fabrics.

These pads were donated at the November 
Sew*Quilt*Share meeting. 

Thank you pad donors!

Your generous gift is greatly appreciated and 
provides a life changing opportunity to each girl who receives a set of pads.

Please visit these links to learn how your gift of 10 (or more) 
cloth feminine pads can make a difference:

May you always Sew in Peace!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Sew*Quilt*Share October Meeting

Today I thought it might be helpful to share a few details of what happens before of our regular sewing meeting each month. As is the case in most organizations, in order for meetings to run smoothly someone needs to invest time in preparation.

Our sewing group is blessed to receive funding from the mission board of our local church, since all of our projects are designed to be an outreach to those in need. Even with this financial blessing, it still takes a great deal of time to choose a pattern, shop for coordinating fabrics, and cut and organize all the fabric into kits.

Once a pattern is selected, several members of our group gather to cut the fabric. 
It is somewhat boring to cut continuously for several hours, but the fellowship is sweet:)

Once the fabric and batting is cut for the project..

...all the pieces are placed in a jumbo plastic bag along with the instructions.

When members arrive, there is usually a short demonstration on how
to put the quilt together. It has been helpful for the beginning sewers to combine instruction 
along with our time of fellowship. In fact, many women in our group made their
first quilt during our monthly meetings!

Once the ladies choose a packet of fabric, they can simply begin to sew.
This eliminates a lot of frustration for and also
makes our time of sewing more productive.

Women often gather in clusters to help and encourage each other. appears there is only one pair of hands in this photo. lol

Our project for this month was the Strippy Flannel Baby Quilt
which is a group favorite. You can download the free pattern by clicking 
on the link above or by clicking on the photo in the sidebar to your right.

This project sews up quickly and there is no major quilting...
just snipping to finish off the edges!

October Sew*Quilt*Share meeting.

May you always Sew in Peace!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Pad Palooza!

Proverbs 31:20 says "She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy."(NIV)
I especially like The Living Bible translation which says, "She sews for the poor and generously helps those in need." In other words the woman of nobel character has a heart of compassion to bless those in need.

As the women of our church began to look for opportunities to live out that verse in our community, we discovered Mission Possible had a need for donations of cloth feminine pads. It was heartbreaking to discover that teenage girls in Haiti were missing a week of school each month because they were too poor to purchase feminine hygiene products.

              Without an education, many of these young women would not have the skills to climb out of poverty, but more importantly, without a Christian education many of these young women would not have the opportunity to grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ. To think, a yard of fabric, and a little sewing could dramatically change a life!  

              Although the ladies of Sew*Quilt*Share have been sewing cloth feminine pads for the past three years, we wanted to do something more to draw awareness in our community. So this past September we hosted the first ever Pad Palooza at Gateway Church.

              The purpose of Pad Palooza was not only to support Mission Possible's efforts in Haiti, but also to invite women from our community to connect with us. Here is a look at the church fellowship hall before participants arrived...

Tables were arranged in "pods" to comfortably accommodate six sewing machines. 

Stations were set up to cut bolts of flannel into one yard units.

Tables were set up to cut batting into manageable strips.

Supplies were organized.

Tables were arranged for those who wanted to cut rather than sew. 
Table favors were created for each guest..

...and an area was set aside for food and fellowship.

Over fifty women from various churches in our community joined together for a day of fun and fellowship! It was a joy to see women talking, laughing with each other, and working together in unity for a common cause. A total of 377 pads were completed and over 300 pads were cut out! 

I am also humbled to share that in 2015, readers of this blog sent packages to Gateway Church from all over the United States and from as far away as Australia! An inspiring display was created to show the location of each pad donor. Quilt Guilds, Girl Scouts, Church Groups, 
and many individuals sent a total of 1,580 cloth feminine pads to bless girls in Haiti! 

                             Words cannot express our appreciation for your generous support!

The day ended with a beautiful prayer of dedication. 
We praise God for all that He has done...and is doing in the cloth feminine pad project!

Please visit these links to learn more about the cloth feminine pad project:
View more photos from Pad Palooza!

May you always Sew in Peace!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cloth Feminine Pad Donor Update

I'm happy to share that boxes of cloth feminine pads 
 continue to arrive at Gateway Church!
Words cannot express our thanks to all who so generously 
give of their time and resources. If you are unfamiliar with the
cloth feminine pad project, you can learn more about it here.

 It has been a few months since I've taken time to update
the blog but wanted to give you an opportunity 
to share in the blessing of these gifts.
 This post covers all packages received between 
March 1, 2015 and September 15, 2015. 
A total of 367 pads arrived from the following locations...

86 lovely pads were sent by Carrie in Pennsylvania.

These pads were donated by a beginning sewer
  from Scott, Louisiana:)

Recently a box arrived from the Harvest Quilters of Plainfield, New Jersey.
Included were 61 cloth pads, fabric to sew more pads, soap, safety pins, 
underwear, and ibuprofen tablets.  

Kim from Idaho sent these well made pads. 
I love how she felt compelled to share 5 pads. 
Her gift will be greatly appreciated by a student in Haiti!

The Martin family sent these pads from

Brigitte and her "Sit & Sew"group in New South Wales, Australia
sent these lovely pads. The Sit & Sew group enclosed a letter sharing how they
are a small group of working women who meet each week
for a time of sewing and fellowship. They focus on projects to bless others
and generously wanted to support our cause.

This shipment of pads arrived as a group effort from a family in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
A mother, daughter, and daughter in law spent time sewing 133 pads and 14 floral bags!

Once again, thank you to everyone who contributed! The increasing number of donations
is having a real impact in Haiti. If you would like to bless a girl in Haiti by sewing reusable
cloth feminine pads, we would love to hear from you!

Please visit these links to learn more:

May you always Sew in Peace!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sew*Quilt*Share August Meeting

The focus of this month's Sew*Quilt*Share meeting was cutting...
lots of cutting! In fact, there was a great deal of both tracing and cutting
as our group prepared to host a community wide sewing event called
Pad Palooza! 

The past few years our group has been sewing cloth feminine pads 
that are both washable and reusable for Mission Possible to distribute 
to school girls in the rural areas of Haiti. If you are unfamiliar with our 
cloth feminine pad project, you can learn more about it here.

The focus of the entire meeting was to prepare for Pad Palooza.
Patterns were traced and cut.

Since we had no idea how many from the community would attend,
our group decided to prepare 100 pad kits in advance.
During the event, this would enable those with sewing machines to focus on sewing,
while other groups of volunteers would be able to focus on cutting more kits. 

It was an enjoyable day of working together.

Please click on the link below to view more photos from our August meeting.

If you are unable to view the slideshow click here 
and you will be taken to an online photo album.

May you always Sew in Peace!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

About Sew*Quilt*Share

If you are a reader of this blog
you may have noticed posts that refer to a sewing group called

We are an informal group of women that gathers monthly
 to use our creative talents to support the mission outreach of our local church.
Our group began in the fall of 2012 with two women who shared
a dream to make a difference in our community and beyond.

The ladies of Sew*Quilt*Share are currently sewing baby quilts 
to offer hope to young women in our community dealing
with unplanned pregnancies. The quilts are stitched with love
and donated with a prayer that God's love would
wrap around each precious little one.

Quilt kits which include fabric, batting, and instructions are provided
 at our monthly meetings. Supplies are purchased with funds
donated by the Mission Board of our church.

We try to choose patterns that sew together quickly.
Most of the patterns we use are available to download for free
on the right side of this website. We hope the free patterns will
inspire others to bless those in need.

We also sew cloth feminine pads that are both washable and reusable
to bless school girls in Haiti. This gift of love directly affects the opportunity
for hundreds of precious young women in Haiti to receive a Christian Education.
To learn more about this program please click here.

As we share our passion for sewing, we develop new skills 
and most importantly, we develop connections to one another.
We hope learning about Sew*Quilt*Share will inspire you
to make a difference in your community.

Please click on the box below to view more photos from our July meeting.

If you are unable to view the slideshow click here 
and you will be taken to an online photo album.

May you always Sew in Peace!