Report on Saturday's sew-in for charity --
14 brought their sewing machines. A couple of people were complaining that more members didn't come, and I admit that in a group of 62 members I had hoped for more. However, I had been afraid we would only have 6, so IMO 14 was a terrific number. Over 20% participation in a charity project!
I also know that more will help, they just couldn't come this particular day.
2 other members showed up just for the meeting part and then left. I expected a lot more than that, but it seemed that there was some confusion about whether or not we were actually having any kind of regular meeting. Obviously most people thought if they weren't coming to sew, they were not welcome. That made me sad, because to me the best part of the meetings is the Sew & Share, seeing what other members have been playing with since we saw them last.
Anyway, we were there to sew baby sleeper sacks. They are fleece fabric, sleeveless with a long zipper on the front.https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7219
They are for an organization that has programs for early child development, crisis childcare, etc. They are not allowed to have blankets in the baby cribs. They tell us that the babies and toddlers love being zipped into their sleepers so they can kick their feet and still stay covered. The bag style makes it easier to change the child than pants would be.
We had about 30 sleepers pre-cut to start sewing immediately, and we were able to make all of those. 1 of the women brought 2 huge bags of fleece fabric to donate. 3 people decided to cut rather than sew. I think in the end we counted between 30-35 finished, and another 25 to have at the next meeting for members to take home to sew. Each of us there also brought home several in various stages of completion to finish before the next meeting.
I had pre-cut 8 sleepers here at home. I had hoped to sew 1 as a sample before the meeting, but that didn't happen. Since I was interrupted several times while sewing, I only finished 1 during the sew-in. I brought the remaining 7 back home and I will enjoy sewing those here.
That knit top I've been trying to do for work is still in pieces.
Maybe this week?