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Stitching for a Good Cause

Sara Curtis

Creativity is good for the soul, but nothing is better than the gift of your time, talent and creativity to someone in need. Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers would like to invite all of our Makers to share your passion, talent and generosity in support of some wonderful community service programs that are currently running.

Baby Lock Behind the Seams Event

While attending the Baby Lock Behind the Seams event on September 30th in our Sacramento and Santa Rosa locations, you will have the opportunity to contribute to Baby Lock’s goal of making 1,000 dresses for the Little Dresses for Africa.

Little Dresses for Africa collects handmade dresses from around the world and donates them to girls in Africa. As part of the Behind the Seams event on September 30th, you’ll sew a dress for you to donate.

Founded in 2008, by Rachel O’Neill, Little Dresses for Africa provides relief to vulnerable children throughout the continent of Africa and beyond by providing dresses as well as teaching simple lessons about clean water, sanitation and promoting good health and family skills.

Registration for the Behind the Seams event is free and open through September 28th. Machines and supplies for the dresses will be provided.

Click Here for more details, or to register for the Behind the Seams event.

Quilt Guild of Greater Houston’s Neighbor to Neighbor Quilts program:

Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston, Texas community earlier this month. In response to the many inquiries from quilters across the country, the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston is organizing the Neighbor to Neighbor Quilts program.

Elaine White, President of the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston says, “We have area quilt shops who will receive your quilts and our guild will assist in the distribution of these to victims who have been displaced from their homes or are in need of a “little” extra comfort only a handmade quilt can provide. It is our intent to also distribute these special quilts to those in smaller area towns which may have not received the vast publicity that Houston has. If you have time please add a label to your quilt so that the recipient will know that a near Neighbor made this for them.”

Click Here to see the Houston Area quilt shops that are accepting donation quilts.

Stay Pawsitive! Fundraiser for Friends for Life:

Craft Napa Founder and Organzier, Pokey Bolton, is seeking artists, art-lovers and animal enthusiasts to join Craft Napa in helping to raise funds and support for Friends for Life, one of the nation’s leading no-kill shelters based in Houston, Texas.

Click Here for Pokey’s Blog Post announcing the Stay Pawsitive! Animal Rescue Fundraiser

Before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit, Friends for Life was the leading disaster-trained shelter that local city shelters relied upon to aid in the rescue displaced families with pets from the rising waters of Hurricane Harvey. Coordinating pet triage in the George R. Brown convention center, Friends for Life provided vet care, and services, accounting for about 3,000 animals saved (and that number is still rising).

Click Here to learn more about Friends for Life Animal Rescue

When Hurricane Irma hit, Friends for Life reached out to rescue organizations in Florida to best help and give advice to coordinate their massive state-wide rescue effort. But with such impressive rescue comes a price: Hurricane Harvey has significantly depleted funds and Friends for Life needs monetary help.

Enter to Stay Pawsitive! Fundraiser. From now until Friday, January 5, 2018, make 1, 2, 3 or more 6” x 6” pieces of artwork to be offered for sale this fall and at Craft Napa 2018, where all proceeds will go to Friends for Life Animal Rescue. These pieces of art can be quilted, made of fabric or paper, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, quilts and stitch, metal, recycled bits, or even a combination of all the above.

Click Here for More Information about the Stay Pawsitive! Fundraiser

RARE Bears Workshops

Meissner Sewing is joining forces with RARE Science, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to help find cures for children with rare diseases. The RARE Bear Project is a community-driven initiative and is supported by the ever-growing RARE Bear Army of volunteers who help make one-of-a-kind bears for one-of-a-kind kids. RARE Bears are stuffed bears made using leftover, high quality quilting fabric, and they are intended to be made with several different fabrics so that each bear is as unique as the recipient. Each RARE Bears is assigned a serial number, which is attached to the bear at the time it is created. So that the bear’s maker can receive a photo of the child with his or her bear.

Click Here to learn more about RARE Science, Inc.

Meissner Sewing will be sponsoring workshops once a month in Sacramento and Santa Rosa, where participants can make RARE Bears for donation to the RARE Bear Project. Meissner Sewing will provide the RARE Bear pattern and have some fabrics available. The focus of the workshop is to make the “bear skin.” The RARE Bear Project has volunteers who will stuff the bears and embroider the faces. The completed bear skins will be sent to the RARE Bears Project and the children. Workshops are free, but please register in advance as workshop size is limited.

Upcoming workshop dates:

October 13th, November 10th or December 8th (10am – 3pm)

Santa Rosa:
October 7th, November 7th, or December 2nd ( 10:30am – 2:30pm)

Click Here for more information about the RARE Bear Workshop.

Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction

The Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is a community service event to raise funds for Sutter Cancer Center’s breast cancer programs, services and equipment. In total, more than 3,000 quilts and quilted art pieces were donated to the five prior auctions providing over $650,000 for the Cancer Center programs.

While the period for quilt donations has passes, we encourage all of our makers to attend the next auction on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Buhler Specialty Pavilion, located at 2800 L Street in Sacramento. A Silent Auction will also run from October 2 through November 4, 2017.

Here is an excerpt about the auction from Jeanne Powell, Meissner Instructor, is a two-time breast cancer survivor and the Auction Committee Chair from our “Calling All Quilter’s” blog post on February 13, 2017:

The quilts, spread among floors 2-7 of the Pavilion, will be hung for viewing on Oct. 1, 2017, Powell said, and they will remain on display and open to bids until the Live Auction in November.

A minimum bid, which is determined by quilt size, will be set for each submission, Powell said.

The Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is held every three years and has raised more than $650,000 in support of the Sutter Medical Foundation’s breast cancer treatment programs, including breast cancer navigator, patient and caregiver support, pre-treatment conferences, counseling services and various therapy programs, according to the Quilt Auction.

“It’s not only what it does for the patients,” Powell said. “But…when they see those quilts go up, what it does for the nurses and the doctors (too). It just brightens up the whole place.”

Click Here for More Information about the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction

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