NOTE: As this time we still don’t know when we’re moving. Please watch your email (if you’re on our Yahoo group) or check our website here before the next meeting for any developments.
Hi Happy Quilters,
Well here we are with Thanksgiving one week away and when we catch a breath we are facing December’s big holidays. Such a busy season. I hope you found time to do some quilting. Perhaps gifts for family and friends and work on the challenge for our luncheon.
I was happy to see the many gifts we donated to April's collection for babies and children in need. They kept April and her helpers busy wrapping all the gifts. Thanks to April for suggesting this program. I am sure that it makes all of us feel good to help others in need. I enjoyed the speaker and learned quite a bit about the organization.
Thanks to Gerry for being in charge of community quilts program. I did stay for a short time and when I left I noticed that two groups were finishing up two quilts and starting to work on two more. Thanks to all who stayed and worked. Perhaps the members who couldn't stay this time can stay the next time. Gerry has door prizes and supplies us with chocolate. What more could we ask for?
Have a great Thanksgiving and all the delicious food that goes with it. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at my last meeting (our holiday meeting) in December.
SEWING MACHINES FOR PANAMA Diane Miller
This Woman's Cooperative in Carrizal, Panama was recommended to us by a woman’s art group in Panama City. It was chosen because the eleven women and one man have continued to work together in the Cooperative since it was established by the Peace Corp and the Panamanian government in 2007. They had only one broken treadle sewing machine and use gingham fabric for smocking. They have been gluing shells together to create shell art to help support their families.
On October 10, 2014 Ocean Waves donated three Singer sewing machines with plastic cases, 3 extension cords, bobbins, needles, 15 yards of gingham fabric, 24 yards of eyelet lace and 9 spools of thread to them. They were presented to the women by Michelle Miller. The Singer sewing machine sales woman traveled from Panama City for 5 hours by bus to attend the presentation. She gave the women a sewing class using the kits that Jennie Dauterman prepared and donated.
The women very much appreciate our generous gift and say, "MIL GRACIAS .... que Dios sigue bendiciendo las". Which is a "Thousand thanks, may God continue to bless you all".
The senoras have already made a little skirt! They are so proud and pleased!! I am absolutely THRILLED that Ocean Waves donated the machines to these women. They will change their lives!
[Photo by Diane’s daughter, Michelle Miller-Shogren]