Do you ever feel like your life lacks...Sparkle?
Maybe what you need isn't a Bedazzler, but just a bit of a shake up.
They say the best way to stop worrying about yourself is to serve another person.
If you are like me and lack the strength or stamina to pull your neighbors weeds, maybe a good volunteer opportunity is just the ticket.
And if it can be a sewing project, all the better!
Here are a few ideas:
|Auction Quilt 2019|
It's not just difficult for the parents, but the child can be afraid and worried as well.
Many hospitals provide comfort quilts to their young patients, which go home with the child when they are released.
There are often guidelines on what quilts hospitals will accept and when. Call your local Children's hospital or pediatric care unit and see what you can do for them.
Kennel quilts sew along
With recent, and seemingly ongoing, natural disasters there is an uptick of small animals in need of rescuing.
|Kennel quilts Sew along|
The Quilt Pattern Magazine has partnered with a number of pet shelters to provide Kennel Quilts. They are hosting a special online event "Piece for Shelter Pets" on May 17 - 19, 2019. Find more information at the Kennel Quilts website.
You don't have to donate to specific shelters. If you know of a local shelter that has a need for Kennel Quilts, certainly help them first.
There are some rules that need to be followed:
Guidelines for Small Kennel Quilts:
Materials used should be 100% cotton (biodegradable) (Do not use flannel for it sheds too much).
Pre-wash fabrics (pets can have allergies just like humans).
Finished size should be 12" x 18". This fits the most commonly used small kennel used at shelters.
When piecing, use a small stitch length (e.g. 14 stitches/inch).
Do not use binding as it can be hazardous to pets if it becomes
loose. Layer, sew around the edge using a small stitch length, and turn
quilts pillow-cover style. Whipstitch the opening with small, tight
Use only simple appliques that are secured with tight stitches along the edges. Avoid using fusibles.
Keep the quilting simple and use small tight quilting stitches that
won’t catch on pet claws. Do not tie quilts as the ends can get caught
in claws or chewed off.
Do not use any metallic threads or other embellishments (e.g. beads,
charms, buttons, ribbons, lace, trims, etc.) of any kind. Do not add
handles or loops to the quilt.
To join this event, and at the same time subscribe to The Quilt Pattern Magazine for a full year, use the special discount code for Seamless Piecing readers: SP
Hospital Gowns for Birthing Mother's in Bulgaria
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Historically, women who go to the clinic to bring their babies into the world are stripped naked the entire time they are there.
Those of us who have had babies know that labor and delivery are uncomfortable enough without having to be naked and cold.
The hospital gowns travel to Bulgaria with a humanitarian group of medical people. The most recent shipment went in April.
If you are interested in helping with this program, you may email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in contact with the organizers.
A simple pattern is provided.
Lifting Hands International
It's hard to turn on a news program these days without hearing about refugee situations around the world.
I challenge you to spend 10 minutes thinking about how you would cope with life in a refugee camp. You may wonder if you'd have to skills to survives such a situation. I believe I would not.
My heart breaks for those millions of people who have left their homes and lives to try to escape wars, tyranny and the worst conditions people can imagine, only to become refugees in camps that would test the fortitude of any person.
That's where Lifting Hands International comes in. Unfortunately, there is no real solution to the refugee plight as yet, but some relief can be offered. Here is what they say on their site:
We are in need of any kind of blankets. (Please donate new blankets only.) You can make quilts, receiving blankets, fleece blankets, etc. We don't have any size guidelines or regulations. We just need blankets to help keep refugees warm when winter comes! These will be shipped on a large shipping container to refugees living in camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Bangladesh. Email email@example.com for a drop-off location near you.
To see other items that we send, please visit our website at http://www.liftinghandsinternational.org
Local homeless shelters
If you live in a city with a significant homeless population you know what a daily struggle it is for those folks just to maintain the basic needs of life. When winter comes the struggle is even more desperate. In our area the winters are bitter cold. Calls for shoes, coats and blankets come from shelters all around.
One of the great things about shelter quilts is they like them to be warm and sturdy, but not beautiful. In fact, the more "unique" the better. The idea is to provide quilts that can be easily recognized, like a fabric fingerprint.
|Homeless shelter Win-Win quilts|
These "win-win" quilts are your chance to use the fabric you thought you were going to love, but don't. In addition, they provide YOU the opportunity to practice quilting techniques without risking "ruining" your nice, pieced quilts. In short, they are a chance to channel your inner Picaso and let your creativity run wild in areas you normally wouldn't.
These are only a few of the presumably thousands of organizations, groups and service providers that are in real need of your sewing skills. You can find more opportunities in your area at JustServe.org.
If you are ready to expand your soul and bless the people in your community, find somewhere to volunteer.
Best wishes to each of you as you look outside your comfort zone and find someone to serve.
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We'll get back the the Part and Parcel Mystery Sew-along Section 3 next week.
See you next time!
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