Saturday, July 15, 2017

Spreading Happiness

Several years ago the Sew*Quilt*Share ministry
learned that girls in many third world countries miss a week of
school each month because they lack access to feminine hygiene products.

After learning about Mission Possible's outreach to girls in Haiti, 
our group decided to get involved. We began by posting a pattern online, 
shared details of our group sewing cloth feminine pads, and invited others to join us. 

We continue to be amazed at the response to that invitation,
and rejoice at how God is stirring the hearts of those who sew! 

The following packages were received by Gateway Church between 
January 1 and June 30, 2017 from the following locations...

These pads were sent by Joanna from San Diego, California.
Thank you!

We were excited to receive a large box of pads from Tina 
from Olympia, Washington!

Mary from the Country Gals Quilt Club
donated these bright, cheerful pads!

Jeong in Houston, TX sent these classy looking pads!

Danette from Medford, Oregon recently sent these lovely pads!

These pads were donated at the Sew*Quilt*Share January meeting!

Oakland County Quilt Guild in Rochester, Michigan
sent this gift of 98 pads! Thank you ladies!

These pads were donated by Karen from Austin, Texas.
Love the sweet little birds on the yellow fabric!

Joan sent these colorful pads all the way from Casselberry, Florida!

This gift of pads came from Shaun from Salina, Kansas!

College Baptist Church in Hillsdale, Michigan
sent a gift of 258 pads! Wow! Thank you!

Maria from Kohler, Wisconsin made bright and cheerful pads!
Anything made with Curious George fabric has to be fun.

Carol from Farmville, North Carolina sent 10 pads!
The fabric features sweet little elephants. Fun!

These pads were sent by Carol from Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Love those pleasant colors:)

Norma from Lebanon, Tennessee sent this gift of pads,
underwear, and safety pins! Thank you!

 Andrea from Naperville, Illinois included a lovely note along with her gift of pads,
bags, and soap. Her granddaughter did the sewing on the bags. Her sisters donated
flannel and batting, and Andrea completed the sewing. How awesome to serve
together as a family!

Dixie from Edgefield, South Carolina sent a gift of 90 pads!
Thank you!

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

These pads were sent by Suzy from Starkville, Mississippi.
Sweet fabric!

The Interact Club at Washington High School, in Phoenix, Arizona
sent this gift of 50 pads, underwear and soaps. I love the thought of these 
students sewing and collecting items to bless other students.
We appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Carol from Findlay donated these lovely pads!

The Gilboa Mother's Club located in Gilboa, Ohio donated 70 pads!
Thank you ladies!

Christina from Torrey, Utah donated these pads made from
lovely, pastel fabric!

Terry from our Sew Quilt Share group donated 70 pads that
she sewed while on vacation! We appreciate you Terry!

Sally from Holland, Michigan sent a gift of 105 pads!
The orange polka dot fabric is my favorite!

Tracy from Greenville, O-H-I-O sent these lovely pads!

Betty from Lenexa, Kansas sent two boxes of pads!
She also included safety pins and 12 colorful bags,
which are additional items needed for the hygiene kits.
Thank you Betty!

The young women's group,  ages 12-18, from
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located in Chico, California
sent a gift of 60 pads!

We were delighted to connect with Dorothy and her daughter
from Waterford, Michigan during our June Sew Quilt Share meeting!
They stopped by to donate 300 pads!

Thank you pad donors!!!
Words cannot express our thanks to all who so generously 
give of their time and resources. Your gifts are greatly appreciated and 
provide a life changing opportunity to each girl who receives a set of pads. 

Please visit these links to learn how your gift of 12 (or more) 
cloth feminine pads can make a difference:

May you always Sew in Peace!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pad Donor Update - Fall 2016

Regret to say that I'm behind in posting donations that have arrived to support
Mission Possible's outreach to school girls in Haiti. If you are not familiar 
with this program you can read more about it here

 Since the Pad Palooza event which was held in September, 
the following gifts have arrived...

An anonymous donor in Olympia, Washington sent this gift of pads.
We appreciate your generosity!

The Groening family in Lacey, Washington made these lovely pads.
Some were finished with buttons and others with velcro!

An anonymous donor in Clayton, California sent these well made pads.
Blessings to you!

20 pads were sent by Laura from Parrish, Florida
Love these bright and cheerful fabrics!

40 pads were sent by Stephanie from Walcott, Iowa.
Such pretty fabrics!

Special thanks to Heidi and the customers at 
Sew Nice in Upper Sandusky, Ohio
for the donation of 86 pads! 

These pads were donated by Karen in New Zealand!
Don't you just love all those colorful fabrics? 

Dorothy from Waterford, Michigan sent these pads.
She likes to separate them with rubber bands in sets of 10
which makes it easy for us to count:)

This these pads were donated by Sandra in Olympia, Washington.
Love those cute butterflies!

Annymous in Kansas City, Missouri 100 pads!
Thank you! Thank you!

Cindy from Ball Ground, GA sent these pads.
Thank you for your generosity!

Michelle from Newnan, Georgia sent this gift of 10 pads.
Thank you!

Tommie from Tennessee sent this box of lovely pads!

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, July 10, 2017

Send a Piece of Your Heart to Haiti

My friend Liane, who is waving on the far left, has a burden for those in need.  Each year she collects fabric and supplies and leads a team of volunteers with Mission Possible to teach sewing classes in the rural areas of Haiti. Goals for classes, which are held over a four week period, include learning new skills, building relationships, and impacting women with the love of Christ. Last year, sixty women were able to attend the sewing classes!

The quilt pattern is very simplistic since all sewing is done by hand. Five strips of fabric are sewn together to form the top of the quilt. Once the backing, batting, and quilt top are sandwiched together, the hand quilting takes place as shown in the photo above. After the quilt is squared up, the backing fabric wraps around the front to form the binding. 

And there you have it! 
Participants are rewarded with a useful project made completely with their own hands!

Here's how you can make a difference...
Find some pretty fabric, because we all like pretty don't we? 
Feel free to choose from fabric you have at home or purchase new. 
100% Cotton is best, but a cotton rich blend is also ok.

The ladies love both soft and bold colors, but fabric with a white background is
hard to keep clean. Stay away from black unless it is brightened with other colors.

Cut fabric into the dimensions listed above.

Place fabric and thread into a gallon size plastic bag.

The following items are needed for sewing kits...
  • Scissors - 8" Fiskars for fabric
  • Small scissors - to clip threads
  • Seam ripper
  • Seam gauge
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing needles with large holes...many have eyesight issues
  • Safety pins - medium to large size 1.5 to 2"
  • Thread - White, black, and neutral colors of all kinds
  • Pen
  • Sewing pins - no need to include since they are purchased in bulk.
  • (Items shown were purchased at JoAnn Fabrics using coupons for less than $25) 

Part of what really tugs at my heart is how much the art of sewing has enriched my life. Perhaps it has something to do with the desire to create with my hands a tangible blessing for others. I cannot imagine living in a place where quality fabric is not available or affordable, and creativity is a luxury. This simple gift of fabric and/or sewing supplies will make an enormous impact on the precious woman who receives it. 

If you feel compelled to send a piece of your heart to Haiti, items can be dropped off or mailed to:

Gateway Church
9555 CR 9
Findlay, Oh 45840

May you always Sew in Peace!