Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pad Donor Update - Winter 2016

So excited to share the packages that have been sent 
for the cloth feminine pad project! If you are unfamiliar with
this program, you can read about it here. I am humbled and amazed at the
number of hearts God is stirring to bless the young women of Haiti.

This post covers all packages received between 
January 1 and February 29, 2016. 
A total of 1,246 pads arrived from the following locations...

Billie sent these colorful pads all the way from from Sioux Falls, South Dakota!

These pads were donated at the Sew*Quilt*Share January Meeting.

Kathy from Minnesota sent this gift of pads, and included underwear,
soap, ibuprofen, and safety pins!

These pads were donated at the Sew*Quilt*Share February Meeting.

88 pads were sent by Shannon from New York.
These fabrics make me smile!

217 pads were donated by the 
Daughters of The American Revolution - Northwest District
Nimble Fingers Quilt Guild, of Fostoria, Ohio.
They also included underwear, ibuprofen, several bars of soap, 
safety pins and extra fabric. Thank you ladies!

109 bags and 130 cloth feminine pads recently arrived from the 
Women and Girls of the Nampa, Idaho 
East Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Thank you ladies!

The Girl Scouts of Central Texas Midtown Service Unit sent this 
gift of 73 pads. I love the thought of these girls sewing to bless other girls.
We appreciate your thoughtfulness!

A gift of 110 pads arrived from the Oakland County Quilt Guild of
Rochester, Michigan! Love these pretty fabrics!

114 colorful pads were donated by Heidi and the customers at 
Sew Nice in Upper Sandusky, Ohio!

250 pads were sent by Dorothy in Michigan.
Love these bright and cheerful fabrics!

116 pads were donated at the March Sew*Quilt*Share Meeting.
Thank you everyone for your kindness to the precious young women of Haiti!

May you always Sew in Peace!

Sew*Quilt*Share November Meeting

As Sew*Quilt*Share gathered for one final day of sewing in 2015, 
the focus of our meeting was to complete unfinished projects. It's always a good feeling to start 
the New Year with a clean here's a quick look at what happened.

Several women decided to start new quilt projects! This pattern is the 
Strippy Flannel Baby Quilt. You can find the free pattern posted on the tab 
to your right.

Several projects were in various stages of the machine quilting.
In the photo above you can see how we use painter's tape as a tool.
If you haven't tried it yet, painter's tape sticks to fabric, but does not leave a residue.
And, it saves the time of marking. Does it get any better than that? 

Several were binding their quilts. Love those polka dots!

And others were spending their time sewing cloth feminine pads. If you are
unfamiliar with the cloth feminine pad project you can read about it here.

I'm also happy to share that in November,  group members donated 
fabric and thread for women in Haiti to make lap quilts. 
Each quilt will be sewn by hand. 

Please click on this link to view more photos from our November meeting.

May you always Sew in Peace!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Pad Donor Update - Fall 2015

Since the Pad Palooza event at the end of September, 
962 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!