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Thread: starting a sewing group

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    Senior Member Grammie Sharon's Avatar
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    What do you think of this idea? I was thinking of trying to start a group at church that would meet once a month for anyone interested. It would not be just for quilters but could be knitters or crocheters too.We would do charity projects. In December we house MCREST at our church. It is through our county services and we house people for a week. Our church provides a place to stay and meals. This year we will have women and children. I think we take about 20. I was thinking we could meet during the year and work on small lap quilts or knitted or crocheted ones or even layettes to present to our guests. I know I would have to run this idea by our priest and parish council but thought it might work. I think we would enjoy meeting and working on projects and then present these projects to those in need. It might brighten their day. I was wondering what anyone's thought were about doing this? I do belong to a guild and we do charity projects, but I thought this would bring women and men? together in our church. Thanks for listening.

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    We have one at our church that meets on Mondays 10AM - Noon.
    Everyone brings what they are working on..crochet, knitting, quilting, etc...its fun.

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    We have two groups at my church. One includes knitters and crocheters who are making prayer shawls. The other includes quilters who are making quilts to be sent overseas. One meets on Saturday mornings; the other meets on a weekday.

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    I think it is a wonderful idea!

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    Gday, i don't think your alone on the get togethers, They are a GR8 idea. if not for the charity but for the social side of it all. It is always nice to get another persons outlook on things. Go for it. I love social gatherings. :)

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    Love that idea. I wish there was one near me at a time i could attend :cry:

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    Sounds very much like a 'Quilting Bee' except it's a 'Sewing Bee'. Always nice to get together with others that have the same interests.

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    Sounds like a great idea to me! Let us know how it works out for you :D:D:D

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    I think that is a great ideal. Please keep us updated with how it is going. Who know, you may inspire others on this board to start one. :thumbup:

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    We have a group at my church called BUSY HANDS, they have been meeting of Wednesdays for many years. Each person brings their own project. Covered dish on the 1st Wed of month. At least 2 generations attend the group.
    Go for your idea. Bringing people together can be fun for all.

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    Sounds like a GREAT idea!

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    We have a prayer shawl group at our church, and we donate them to others in the community, not just the church, and we just started donating to a local cancer center. It sounds like you have a wonderful idea going. Good luck and best wishes!

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    Sounds like a good idea to me. Have fun and this way they can work on all types of crafts. also others can teach the other ones, will be a fun way to make crafts and socialize with others, just have everyone to bring a covered dish and enjoy!

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    My church has a group called Companionship quilters. They make all of the dedication blankets, grief quilts and (sick) for lack of better word quilts. They get together night a month for teaching then last saturday of the month is friendship day we get together all day to sew with out kids. I love it reminds me of this group. 2 times a year we have ufo retreats. Love the fellowship we have! I say go for it.

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    It's a great idea! Builds fellowship and helps people out. Go for it!

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    GrammieSharon, it sounds like such a great idea I wish I were close by to join also. It should be a great time of fellowship!

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    nice idea

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    There was another thread about 1 month ago related to starting a quilting group at a church. You might was to search all the information in it!

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    I love your ideas!! Go for it!! :thumbup: I think they would really enjoy it!!

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    we meet once a week,(today!,wednesdays) at the senior center. we have extra sewing machine, we got off of freecycle or were donated, so the older ladies don't have to haul thier machines in.
    i so look forward to the wednesday get togethers! i seem to get more done in a group setting. usually we average 7 to 10 ladies. they have the big tables so we can pin quilts too!

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    We have a group that meets on Tuesdays every week. Those that can make it come and everyone does there own thing. Sometimes we do work on projects for groups like QOV or Home of the Brave. We make special pillows for breast cancer ladies too. Once a month we meet all day and bring our lunch. This group has had some changes over the years as they have been getting together for many, many years. It's a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. We meet from 1 to 4.

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    Our church is Chapter 313 of a comfort, praying, caring quilt ministry called "Prayers & Squares International." We meet once a month at the church and sew, press, audition fabrics, layer, pin, etc. Check out the website prayerquilt.org and see if this is something you might also enjoy.

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    My caution is don't plan or promise more than you can deliver. If you are the organizer then keep it at that and don't fall into having to plan their activities. Keep it social and allow and expect those attending to bring their own projects. If someone attends who wants to learn one of the crafts, then pair that person with someone in the group who will do the training. At first I would not plan for any planned activity or presentation. What I am saying is to control your activities and not take on too much, unless you want to. It is a great and worthwhile project. Go for it. Don't be disappointed if response is less than your expectations. The Scriptures say....."where two or more are gathered together".........etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlotte Dyer
    Our church is Chapter 313 of a comfort, praying, caring quilt ministry called "Prayers & Squares International." We meet once a month at the church and sew, press, audition fabrics, layer, pin, etc. Check out the website prayerquilt.org and see if this is something you might also enjoy.
    My church also has a chapter of Prayers & Squares. We meet every Tuesday morning. Since I work full time and my mother lives too far to drive in for the meeting we work on quilts at home and then they are finished at the meetings. It is a great program! I do wish that I could attend the meetings though. They have a convention yearly and it is a lot of fun. Last February was in San Diego and was a wonderful weekend experience.

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    I think it is a great idea. We have tried to get this started at our church but it has never quite gotten off the ground.

    We had one very successful time when we did an extreme home makeover with Builders Care and wound up replacing instead of repairing her mobile home as we had hoped because it was filled with black mold and had numerous leaks.
    We took it one step further. We are blessed to have an interior designer at our church and we installed customo-made, original design window treatments in every room and bath, replaced her furniture with gently used items ... it was beautiful!

    Since that time we have tried meeting 1 Saturday a month to work on whatever we are working on, quilting, sewing, beading, knitting, etc. Sometime attendance is good, sometimes not. We tried walker caddies, there was not enough interest. We also ran into some 'quality' issues where some caddies were turned down due to poor workmanship. How do you tell someone who thinks they don't need your gently offered suggestions and don't see anything wrong with what they are making?

    I've thought about pillowcases as they are small, easy to make and hard to mess up. Any other ideas out there?

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