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!


These well-made pads were sent by the Martin family
in Massachusetts. 


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!
Sandra

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!
Sandra

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
Sew*Quilt*Share. 


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!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cheerful Squares Baby Quilt


Here's a simple, quick and fun quilt project!
The finished quilt forms a 35" square making it the perfect size
to drape over a baby carrier.


Made from coordinating 18" squares, this quilt top can be sewn
together in less than an hour.





   

    
Press the completed top and backing fabric. 
Use your favorite method to base together.
Machine quilt.
Attach the binding.
It really is that simple!



This project was a big hit at our May and June Sew*Quilt*Share meetings.
If you would like to make a Cheerful Squares Baby Quilt of your own 
Special thanks to Mary Claire for writing up this pattern for us!




Please click on the box below to view more photos.




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!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Spring Cleaning Continued...


It was another month of focusing on Spring cleaning 
at our April Sew*Quilt*Share meeting.
In addition to trying to sew up all the kits we have on hand, 
we tested out a new table set up that I would like to share.
In the past we simply put two lines of tables down
 the center of our long, narrow room.  
However it was time consuming to walk 
all the way around the tables 
and hey...
we need to make the most of our time! lol


This is the table arrangement we came up with.
By setting the tables in this pattern, it creates a workspace
to the left of each sewing machine. It also enables 
those sewing to easily communicate with each other.




Extension cords were taped down under the tables to
prevent potential safety issues.




Irons, ironing boards, and cutting tables were located 
around the perimeter of the room making it easier
for a large number of people to move throughout the area.
Hopefully this arrangement will enable our group 
to make the most of our time and allow us to be more intimately connected:) 

So let's check out those projects!



Some projects were in the planning stages.





Some projects were well on their way...





...and some projects were almost completed!

Click on the box below to view more photos from our April 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!

Spring Cleaning


This month the ladies of Sew*Quilt*Share focused on Spring Cleaning.
Well, not "cleaning" in the traditional sense of the word. 
The goal of this meeting was to complete all the projects
 that have already been started. 
Here is a glimpse of how things went.





There is no set deadline,
 so each month there are 
a variety of quilts in different stages of completion.








Nice job ladies!


In an attempt to make our meeting room more intimate for fellowship,
a new layout was tested.
We are hoping to come up with a table arrangement that will make it easy to 
communicate while still providing enough workspace for each person.

Click on the box below to view more photos from the March 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!