Reminder: Open Sew & Charity Sew Combo – this Saturday 10/7

Our Open Sew is this Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4pm at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Street, Cedar Grove, NJ (where we meet for our monthly guild meetings).

We have SIX hours of sewing scheduled! Can’t make it for the entire time? Come when you can!

So many inquiries have come in about contributing to the recent hurricane relief, we are combining & using the opportunity of this open sew to also make progress on our charity efforts. *Of course, if you have a project you’re trying to get done, please bring it. It will be nice to sew and spend time together.

For our charity sewing – quick and easy is the key, so we can get as much done as possible. We can work together in groups to knock out some projects: sew with a buddy or make a team!
*We’ll bring our donated fabric, scraps, and a big roll of batting.
Don’t feel like piecing? That’s cool – there are few quilt tops already made just waiting to be to be quilted. We’ve cut out big pieces of coordinated fabric for backs, some new tops, or there are a few precut pillowcases if you’d like to try one of those.
*Do you have any jelly rolls or charm packs you haven’t found any use for? (Then let me see your jelly roll!) Bring them along – maybe they will work with something in the charity stash – and no cutting needed! Large pieces for backings are especially appreciated.

*Besides fabric and batting, we will have a cutting station, including an AccuQuilt (Diane will be there to show us the magic of the AccuQuilt and we’ll cut all the things at one time!); an ironing station, and some extension cords.

Please bring:
*sewing machine and your basic supplies
*small ironing set up (the more the merrier), or ironing board (let us know if you’re able to bring one)
*extension cords/surge protectors
*your smiling face

Food stuffs: bring snacks, bring your own lunch (there is a microwave & fridge available), or bring cash $$$ to buy from the Cedar Grove Deli. We’ll place an order.
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Please bring any finished pillowcases you have – I heard you all made SO MANY!!!!!
Thanks so much, and looking forward to seeing you all
-Rachel

 

NEW Charity Drive: Pillowcases for Stuffed Suitcase Program

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Our upcoming charity call is to help the Giving Hope Network http://www.givinghopenetwork.org/ with their “Stuffed Suitcase” program.

They partner with organizations and donors to provide suitcases filled with important essential items to children in foster care who typically transport what little belongings they have in garbage bags. The initiative seeks to improve self-esteem and make children feel valued and special by packing each suitcase with needed comfort items, such as pajamas, robes, stuffed animals, books and unique, handmade items. The children are ages 3-16.

Our plan is to donate as many handmade pillowcases we can make for collection at the April NJMQG guild meeting. It’s a short timeframe, so this quick sew will get us closer to a greater volume of items to donate.

We will also be adding our pillowcase count to the Million Pillowcase Challenge.

I received many compliments on the pillowcases that I use to bring my quilts to our meetings. Your kind words lead me to believe that this would be a satisfying project for us to work on. Here are three easy tutorials. I used the roll-it-up burrito method to make mine – which also uses a bit less fabric.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/images/millionpillowcases/2015/pdfs/Roll-It-Up-2015.pdf

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/images/millionpillowcases/2015/pdfs/Basic-Pillowcase-Pattern-2015.pdf

http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/SpeedyTrimmedPillowcase.pdf

Perhaps you could ask friends and family who are interested in a non-quilting project to also get involved.

Thanks in advance and we look forward to seeing all your great makes for such a good cause.

Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com if you have questions.

-Rachel