July 11, 2011
SHOP HOP RESULTS – Compassionate Warehouse the Winner !
Over a hundred of you joined in our shop hop fun.
I enjoyed seeing old friends, and was delighted to meet all the FIRST TIME HOPPERS!
I anxiously await seeing how you put the blocks and quilt together!
At week’s end many visited the donation tent
set up by Val and Bonnie from Beehive ,and myself.
The knitting community donated over 400 pounds,
2 car fulls , of yarn.
Val is sorting , before it is knit up into useful item and donated to Canada Cares.
Quilters brought in over 300 meters of cloth.
Our winner recieved of a $ 50 gift certificate for donating her cloth .
Two nice sized bags of small scraps were dropped off to donate to WIN
We encouraged you to continually take your cotton meterage
to the Compassionate Resources Warehouse
and your cotton scraps to WIN.
We will continue to collect and deliver these items, as well as pillowcases for the Cridge.
It feels GOOD to clear out your space and help others at the same time!
Pippa realized she did not need the fabric right now,
and Compassionate Resource Warehouse was in desperate need of cotton cloth .
Gwen, was positively ECSTATIC when I contacted her at CRW.
She and Elsie , are in charge of sewing machine repairs and manual retrofit .
So far CRW has received, repaired , converted to hand power and shipped over
1000 donated sewing machine all over the world.
Old machines are preferred because of the metal bodies
and simple , essentially indestructible parts.
I witnessed the beginning of a machine’s journey when I arrived.
An ambulance crammed full of supplies was being readied for Haiti.
Once the machines are repaired and converted,
Gwen stuffs the arm space with bobbins thread and notions,
and then wraps the machine in cotton fabric to pad it , before setting on the case.
This way , not only is the machine protected, but the recipient is ready to sew when the case is opened.
Gwen’s personal passion is a school in Nepal to whom she takes machines,
teaches sewing ,
some English and basic computer skills ,
and a little hokey pokey.
After talking to Gwen ,I have a strong tug to become a wandering educator once again.
There are many opportunities for you such as Quilts for Kids ,
where you can purchase a handmade quilt , and fund a student’s education for a year!
Give your fabric a chance for a new life
that will change a life .