Sew-In Day, August 1, 2022
Conley’s Church from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM
As of now, the groups listed below will be present. We invite you to sign up for the group/task of your choice. If you were unable to attend the meeting and sign up, you may email Marilyn White with your preference.
ALL SEWERS must bring sewing machine and basic sewing supplies. Also, bring your lunch and check with the leader of the group you volunteer with for additional items to bring.
Angel Gowns-Melissa Sopko - Volunteers will cut and sew infant burial gowns. Fabric, ribbon, and patterns will be provided. Bring sewing machine, rotary cutters, shears, pins or weights, white thread and bobbin.
Pillowcases of Love-Sue Brittingham - Volunteers will cut fabric and prepare pillowcase kits. Bring Cutters bring rotary cutter and 24” ruler.
**Prepared pillowcase kits will also be available for pickup to sew at home.
Teddy Bears-Marcia Bonifas - Volunteers will cut fabric, sew, and stuff bears for use by emergency personnel. Bring sewing machine, shears.
Quilts of Love-Pat DeVoll - Volunteers will sew baby quilts. Kits with pattern will be provided to make a 36x36 inch baby quilt. Nine rows of nine squares make each quilt. Bring thread and sewing machine.
Patriotic Quilts-Rita McConnell and Kathy Varga - Volunteers will create blocks to be used to make Quilts of Valor. These are strip foundation pieced blocks (no paper piecing). Bring sewing machine and any red, white, or blue fabric scraps and strips (no smaller than 2”).
Heart Pillows-Carol Fisher - Volunteers will make heart pillows for patients receiving treatment for breast cancer. Need 2 sewers, one ironer, 3 stuffers, and 1 hand sewer to whip stitch closing.
Questions? Contact Marilyn White
This service project group organizes and leads productions of patriotic themed quilts to be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. (qovf.org) “The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing QOV.” The procedures for making these quilts are specific.
There are still a limited number of 10 block kits available with a free spool of Aurifil thread. If you're interested in participating in the 10 Block Challenge, contact either Rita McConnell or Kathy Varga and they will make sure you get a package that includes pre-cut fabric and complete instructions. We ask that finished blocks be returned by Valentine's Day so that they can be assembled and quilted for upcoming awards.
Donations needed: Fabric- Red, white, blue - fat quarters, strips 8” or longer, yardage
GUILD CONTACT: Rita McConnell
Pillows are given to patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Kits, assembled and ready to be sewn, are available at the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild monthly meetings.
The pillows are donated to the following organizations: Cancer Support Community of Delaware
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
Beebe Healthcare - Tunnel Cancer Center
Dr. Spellman's office
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital - Allen Cancer Center
Our project donated 12 heart pillows to the Tunnel Cancer Center this month.
Donations needed: Fabric : florals, small checks, leaves, and geometrics to go with the large florals fabrics
GUILD CONTACT: Carol Fisher
TINY TOT'S - Baby Items
February marked the 10th Anniversary of Tiny Tots!
Tiny Tots was started in February, 2010 with 12 ladies from St. Ann’s Bazaar Workshop. Today it has 50 members and is still growing. Tiny Tots makes quilts, hats, blanket and sweater sets, teddy bears, nursing covers, and floor mats for the Rosa Health Center in Georgetown, DE. To date, over 4,000 quilts, 500 blanket and sweater sets, 2,000 teddy bears, and 200 floor mats have been made.
The Rosa Health Center takes care of infants thru adults. The Center is absolutely free to whoever cannot afford medical help. Dr. Rama Peri runs the Center.
Tiny Tots meets at St. Ann’s Church, Delaney Hall, in Bethany Beach on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December, July, and August) from 10 AM to 2 PM. It is supported by St. Ann’s Parish and Ocean Waves Quilt Guild. All of the fabric and yarn used is donated.
Now doing nursing covers (pattern for DIY Nursing Covers)
We completed 66 quilts at our last meeting. Most of the 66 quilts were due to our January drive up. You are one dedicated group of women. I love working with you. We also donated lots of kitchen items, 17 adult quilts, 25 hats and mittens, 50 teddy bears to the families who lost their homes in the Seaford fire.
Donations needed: Fabric- Adult fabrics ; Buttons for baby sweaters- diameter size ¼, ½, ¾, safety pins, Velcro.
GUILD CONTACT: Mary Martinez
August Community Service Sew-in
Community Service Showcase presented at May 2022
These ladies really rock!
This group makes baby quilts exclusively for Nanticoke Hospital. Members meet to sew and quilt once a week at the Heritage Shores Community Center. Over the past 3 years, 425 quilts have been made and donated.
Our group delivered a total of 14 quilts to Olivia’s House, a grief center for children from 3 to 18 years of age. We now have a total of 18 quilters in our group. Several of the new members are just learning how to quilt and are working on their first quilt to donate to Baby Wraps. We are giving lessons in-house to our group on making a bargello quilt. We are hoping to see Baby Bargello quilts for distribution in the near future.
Donations needed: Fabric: cotton, flannel (any color, prints other than toddler and baby OK); Rick rack; Lace ; Yarn
GUILD CONTACT: Darlene Jack
QUILTS OF LOVE
The group’s primary mission is to make baby quilts for newborns at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Quilt donations are also made to Kody’s Comfort Quilt Project at A I DuPont Children’s Hospital and the Harry K Baby Pantry. Larger quilts are made and given to Milford Housing Development and Habitat For Humanity when new home owners move in. Aids Delaware is given quilts when patients are in need. Quilts of Love holds quilting bees 5 times during the year in September, November, January, March, and May. Kits are assembled and ready to be sewn. The location varies so listen at OWQG meetings or read the newsletter. Quilts of Love sews from 9AM to 1:30PM. Bring your sewing machine and a covered dish.
QOL will have a quilting bee at St. Jude’s church on April 23 from 9 - 2. It will be our first in-person bee since early 2020. We invite everyone to attend. Bring your sewing machine and a dish to share at lunch. We welcome folks who just want to assist sewers. If you are not able to spend the day, we hope you can come by and pick up a kit to make at home. We have 56 kits ready to go.
We want everyone to know we were able to send 28 quilts to Poland for refugees from Ukraine.
Donations needed: Fabric: Baby, Kid, Blenders 4.5” squares or larger: Backings – at least 1 ¼ yds x WOF
GUILD CONTACT: Pat DeVoll
THE GLADE QUILTERS
The Glade Quilters meet each Tuesday from 9 AM to 12 noon at the Glade Clubhouse to design, assemble, and sew quilts for babies, children, and adults. Its workshop includes cutting tables, sewing machines, and a fabric room. The Glade Quilters donates to the following organizations:
Bay Health Hospital in Milford and Dover
Sussex County Women's Shelter
Little Sisters of the Poor
The Baby Pantry (resource center)
Project Sweet Peas
Kody’s Kids Reading Group (started by Phillip Brown)
Renaissance Nursing facility
Cape Henlopen Senior Center at Christmas
Cape Henlopen High School homeless students
YMCA (for the homeless of Rehoboth)
The Glade Quilters also provides quilts to several organizations which have fundraisers during the year, such as Stockings for Soldiers and Ducks Unlimited.
Terry Cassanelli reports that the Glade Quilters has just completed 14 quilts for the Resource Center for the Homeless.
Donations needed: Baby Fabric
GUILD CONTACT: Terry Cassanelli
Angel Gowns - Infant Burial Gowns
Our guild members will sew infant burial gowns from bridal dresses.
We have the patterns for the members to use. The need is
approximately 50 per year. The burial gowns will be distributed to
Christiana Cares and A. I. DuPont Children's Hospital. Every year
there continues to be a need for infant Angel Gowns (burial gowns). Please consider sewing one (or more) of these gowns from a simple two-piece pattern. Any white fabric is suitable, and you may add trimmings as you wish. The families of the infants are most appreciative.
The project coordinator is Dr. Shelly Hopkins
A Sewing Day is scheduled for Angel Gowns on May 11 at Serendipity Quilt Shop from 10-3. Patterns and fabrics will be supplied. Open to anyone interested in making Angel gowns which will be donated to Christiana Cares and Tidal Health. Please RSVP to Melissa at email@example.com.
Donations needed: Fabric: White; Trim and Lace for Infants; White Bias tape; White Wedding Gowns
GUILD CONTACT: Melissa Sopko
FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN
Teddy bears are given to children attending the Transfer Ceremony at Dover Air Base for a fallen family member. SEAs the Day, and Families of the Fallen are also supported. As of Sept 2019 - 3,047 teddy bears have been made and distributed.
Teddy Bear pattern is in two parts as a PDF file, which you can access by clicking on its underlined name.
Print the pattern and join the two sections
Transfer the pattern to freezer paper
Hint - freezer paper can be ironed on material many times, instead of pinning each time to the material.
According to Marcia Bonifas, the Teddy Bear Project received a lovely thank you note from the president of the volunteers at the Center for the Fallen at Dover AFB. Also, the military Chaplain retired after 18 years of working with the families of the fallen and he asked if he could take one of the bears as a reminder of the comfort they have given the children. Thank you to all.
Donations needed: Fabric: Light denim, children’s print, patriotic prints- fat quarters or larger
GUILD CONTACT: Marcia Bonifas
PILLOWCASES OF LOVE
Pillowcase Kits, containing the necessary fabrics, are available at meetings. Members take Kits home, sew, and return them at a later meeting. The Committee launders, irons, and attractively packages each individually.
Donations are made to diverse community groups such as AI DuPont Children’s Hospital, Bayhealth Medical Centers, People’s Place, Home of Hope, Fresenius Dialysis Centers, and Children and Families First. Other groups are under consideration and members’ suggestions are welcomed.
We are thrilled to announce that Sue Brittingham is back in charge of our pillowcase project! We all missed her and are relieved to know that her daughter’s health is improving. In fact, last week Sue stopped in the Rehoboth Dialysis Center and delivered 72 pillowcases. The staff had just been discussing what they could afford to buy to provide gifts for their patients on their very limited budget. Imagine how thrilled they were when Sue walked in! A touching Christmas story. Finished pillowcases can be returned to Dreamweaver Interiors & Fabric in the Midway Shopping Center in Rehoboth during their regular business hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3. Kits will be available to pick up and fabric donations can be dropped off on Saturdays only.
Donations needed: Fabric- specifically need fabrics that work for men (such as stripes), but all styles and colors are appreciated, WOF x 2” and larger
GUILD CONTACT: Sue Brittingham