If you live in the Portland/Vancouver area, I hope you can join me tomorrow night, June 7th, to sew-sew-sew for the orphans in Vietnam. I will be bringing along patterns for bucket hats for adults and toddlers, the lovely Popover Sundress (that’s the dresses they’re sporting so sweetly in the pic above), and some generic shorts.
Thomas Knauer kindly donated twenty (!) pounds of fabric and we’ll be cutting into that. Modern Domestic has offered the space, machine and tools. All I need from you is a little time and a spool of neutral (grey, cream) thread.
Sew Em Be Charity Sew-cial Modern Domestic – 1408 NE Alberta St. June 7 5-8 p.m.
I first heard of Thomas Knauer back in 2011 when he was releasing his first line with Andover. It was a lovely collection called “Pear Tree” and I remember seeing him in Houston at Quilt Market carrying a bag he had made out of this lovely large-scale partridge-in-a-pear-tree print. I was too shy to say anything, but seeing the fabric in-person sealed the deal.
I was sold on his designs.
The colors are what really get me and I wish I had the art background to explain what it is that makes them so appealing to me. The yellows aren’t bright yellow, the oranges are just slightly different than one would expect and the greens make me swoon. I adore his use of simplicity and repetition while not making the fabrics basic and boring. I bought bits of Pear Tree and Savanna Bop, and Thesaurus has been on my t0-buy list since he posted that he was doing a word-themed fabric.
Not only is Thomas a wonderful fabric designer, he also does quilt patterns and does an astounding job at it. And not only that, he is one of the most honest people you’ll meet. So when he promised he’d send me fabric to make clothes for the Tam Ky orphans, I knew he would.
And on Monday, he did.
Stacked on my couch it measured 39 inches high, more fabric than I could have imagined he would send. I was, and am still, awed.
So now I am planning a sewing day at Modern Domestic and hopefully one or two more. There’s no way I can do this alone, I need my sewing and quilting friends more than ever. [Portland peeps–I’m looking at you!] But I cannot wait. I am already planning which fabric for shorts, which for dresses and pulling others to make coverlets for the beds.
Thank you, Thomas, for your support and generosity. I owe you one.
I want to thank Teresa for the opportunity to sew for the orphans of Tam Ky, Vietnam. I’m Mary Striegel and when I’m not working as a chemist for the National Park Service, I’m teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls to sew. The girls are part of the Girls in Action mission group of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. The Girls in Action, or GA’s as they are called, are learning to open their hearts and make a difference in the lives of others through God’s love.
I’ve been teaching girls to sew for almost 10 years. When I read about Teresa’s Sewing for Orphans project, I thought that this might be the perfect project for our girls. The five young ladies are bright and enthusiastic about learning and this was a way for me to teach them about Vietnam and the needs of the children there. They jumped at the chance to make diapers for the babies.
The GA’s weren’t alone in their desire to help. This summer I had the chance to teach some women of church to sew. When they learned about the project they wanted to do their share. The Sewing for Orphan’s project was infectious…I placed a call for seamstresses and soon had a group of nine members ranging in age from 7 to 70 ready to sew.
We met on Saturday morning and shared laughter and joy while making pillowcase and popover dresses. Some of the sewists had never used a serger, but they whipped out more diapers. Others fashioned boys shorts out of men’s tee shirts. By the end of our sewing session, we had completed 16 dresses, 9 pairs of shorts and 22 diapers!!!
More importantly we gave a bit of love from our hearts to the children of the Tam Ky Orphanages. Thank you, Teresa for the chance to show we care.
And really, I cannot thank you and your crew enough, Mary. It has been so amazing to me to have so many people join me in my efforts to do something special for the orphans in Tam Ky. Thank you, again!
First I found this and it made me pretty happy to see folks were re-pinning and posting about my little sewing drive:
Then I got a comment from Trinh saying that she’d found out about the sewing drive thanks to a post on Rashida‘s blog. Rashida? As in I Heart Linen‘s Rashida? I had to check it out. And sure enough… she did!