One of our favorite quilt designers, the energy-packed Pat Sloan, has been working with Terry and Enchanted Makeovers to outfit a permanent sewing room at the Detroit Alternatives for Girls shelter. Alternatives for Girls has dedicated one room for a permanent sewing space where local quilters and sewers are going to be running an ongoing program to teach the girls to sew.
Enchanted Makeovers’ mission for “The Sacred Sewing Room Program” is to create an Enchanted Space to Learn, Teach, Share, and Discover the Golden Thread that Connects Us All! So they’re not just putting together a typical sewing room full of fabric, thread, patterns, and machines. Enchanted Makeovers’ Sacred Sewing Room Program is much deeper than that; Enchanted Makeovers is working to combine the life skill of sewing with the power of the human connection. This sacred space will be a place where both every day sewers and awarding-winning instructors alike will volunteer their time to share their sewing skills and (more importantly) share of themselves. The women in the shelter and the instructors will tell their personal stories of trials, triumphs, and dreams for their lives.
Pat has asked us to help out, too, with a donation of fabric, notions, and Leisure Arts sewing, quilting, and general craft books. Check out what we sent—
And check out Jean (quilt editor) and Cheryl (quilt director)! They look pretty happy about packing up that box!
Have you been doing any sewing- or quilting- related charity work that makes you happy? Are you sharing your creativity with a group of young people in a special way? Tell us about it in a comment below by Tuesday, August 16, and tell me which of the books above that you might like to have in your home library ’cause I might be willing to give a couple of them away!