Sewing Hands

Sewing Hands
Peggy, Cheryl, Sara, Deborah, Sharon, Kathy, Lois, Evelyn

Friday, January 30, 2015

Winter Update

 This Winter certainly has been a busy time for all of the Sewing Hands.  We had two generous donations.  One completely took care of all of the materials for the Forge Ridge kindergarten class.  The other will completely take care of one of the grades which we will deliver this Fall.  THANK YOU to both of these contributors.  Your generosity has helped us make a difference in many children's lives.

 27 quilt tops were made and sent to Sharon to baste, quilt and bind.  Here is how the pile started......
and here is how it finished !
47 blankets were tied and also sent to Sharon in Tennessee.  Everything had to be ironed, sticky rolled, labeled and packed.   The "stitching sisters" were called in to help.
Laurie, Sandy and Judy to the rescue !!!!!!

 8:30 am January 20th, the trek to the Tennessee/Kentucky border began with a full load.

Almost two hours later, and with a few flurries of snow dancing in the air as we drove, we arrived at the school and visited the second graders first.  Happiness and gratitude poured out of these wonderful kids.
The young man on the left said "I wanted a John Deere blanket!
Last year Molly's sister in 3rd grade got a quilt and she told us that Molly like cheerleading.  She was right!

When asked what kind of quilt he got this little boy said "a little bit of everything".  He was very happy with that.

Another princess

And if that wasn't enough sweetness - we then visited the Kindergarten class

Mostly all of the boys covered themselves
While the girls immediately became a princess

The school was celebrating their 100th day so this little girl was all made up to look "old".  Being snuggled in her blanket just added to the role.

This little boy was so happy with his horses
This little girl made very sure I had taken her picture

Second Grade
A very special Thank you to Jim and Joy Hollingsworth who made the ride and the day that much more enjoyable.
Hugs from a child are the best

The next delivery is for the 8th graders and will be sometime in April or May.  Until then.....

Happy Sewing,

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Status Update on Forge Ridge

With the fall leaves still on the trees Tennessee got a cold blast of winter this first day of November!  I haven't seen any snow yet but the mountains got plenty.  Now is the time I "hunker down", get Alice fired up and concentrate on quilting the tops for the second graders of Forge Ridge School.   Hunker down had a different connotation when I lived in Florida - I'm now very happy to apply it to hibernating for the winter instead of riding out a hurricane.

This time of year also brings many of you down from the North to escape the cold and to your warm and toasty (or should I say hot and humid) Florida homes.  One such traveler is Cheryl.  She was very busy this summer in Michigan making NINE tops for Sewing Hands !  She met up with me in  Lenoir City, TN to drop them off on her way down to Naples.  Awesome work, Cheryl - thank you very much. 

Cheryl at Cracker Barrel dropping off quilt tops
Deborah went back to Naples after her visit with me this summer obviously fired up about Forge Ridge.  She has been sewing nonstop.  Look at the tops she has completed.  But don't give her all the credit, Peggy did a couple of those - thanks Peggy !

The goal is to have all 27 quilts made and delivered to the second graders at the end of January.  But wait....there's more....Deborah is now gathering the fleece for the 36 blankets needed for the Kindergarten class.  Yes, you heard right 36 !!  This is a huge undertaking for our small group - not just with time but also expenses.  So I need to ask all of  you who are reading this to please consider donating a gift card from Hobby Lobby or Joanne's to Sewing Hands.  Each blanket for a kindergarten child takes 3 yards (1 1/2 for the top and 1 1/2 for the bottom).  This works out to about $15 if we are able to get it on sale and use a coupon.  $15 times 36 students is a whopping $540.  Any help, even enough for one blanket, will insure that another child will be warm this winter,

That's it for now....Happy Sewing,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Fun Day At Forge Ridge With Third Graders

The day continued with a visit to the 28 third graders.

This class was so appreciative!  One little girl asked if the blankets were free - she had a very big smile when we said that they were a gift and that everyone could take them home.  

Sharon explained that many ladies worked hard to make the blankets for them because we wanted them to be warm this winter but to also know that they were special and loved.

Deborah and Sharon  received many, many hugs.  It was a very happy day for everyone.

A Fun Day At Forge Ridge with the First Graders

Deborah and Sharon packed up the truck and started out on their 2 hour drive to Forge Ridge School very early this morning.

There were 28 students in first grade.

These little ones were adorable.  When Sharon asked them if they got snow in the winter, one little boy very excitedly said that he wished for snow last year and his wish came true!

They all could not believe that the blankets were theirs to take home.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

All Ready For Forge Ridge !

Deborah and Sharon will be delivering blankets for 1st and 3rd grade to Forge Ridge School on Wednesday, September 10th.

Next, we will be working on the quilts for 2nd grade which will be delivered late winter.  If you would like to help with quilt tops we need 8 boys and 8 girls by the end of January.  Second grade is approximately 8 years old.

Thank you and Happy Sewing,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Successful Blanket Tie at South College

The Legal Studies Dept. of South College agreed to host Sewing Hands for a blanket tie at the school today.  Two years ago Deborah and Sharon were at the college as a part of their "day of caring".  Then they were trying to meet the goal of 78 blankets for Laurel Bloomery.  17 blankets were tied by students, faculty, and staff.

Today Sharon took in 20 blankets.  Unfortunately Deborah was in Florida and although hopeful Sharon was questioning whether all 20 would be finished.  Great News !!!  All 20 blankets were tied in 3 1/2 hours.

Criminal Justice, Health Science and Nuclear Medicine students came to tie along with faculty and staff.  They say Tennessee is the Volunteer State and today the folks at South College proved that right.  Here are some of the happy faces that worked hard to make sure that the children of Forge Ridge School are nice and warm this winter.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

South College Community Service Event

Tuesday, August 26th the Legal Studies Department at South College is hosting a blanket tie to help Sewing Hands with the 2015-16 Forge Ridge School project.

Sharon is taking 20 blankets.....

                                                                                      will they all get tied?????

Check back to see how this event turns out.