Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Great Little Scrap Projects

Are you looking for a good project to use up all those fabric scraps in your sewing room?


The Preemie Project is an Iowa based nonprofit. Our mission: The Preemie Project seeks to provide comfort and support to critically ill infants and their families in Newborn Intensive Care Units in Iowa.

One of the TPP projects that is in ever increasing demand is "Developmental Hearts" The pattern for Developmental Hearts is on our website.

Here is the pattern:

TPP donates the Developmental hearts to Iowa NICUs. The hearts are given to moms and dads when their baby is admitted to the NICU. The heart is worn against the parent's skin so that it absorbs their scent. The heart is then placed in the infant's bed.

The pattern includes a template for an 8 inch heart. That is the largest size needed. You can use your smaller scraps and make hearts as small as 5 inches for the tiniest babies.

Two heart shaped layers of cotton, flannel, fleece or minky are serged or sewn together. There is NO batting between the layers. St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids LOVES the hearts that have minky fabric on one side. They request, "Many more please!" So SOFT!

Please wash all fabric before sewing the hearts. Special detergent is NOT needed. Do NOT use fabric softener. If you have pets in your home please wash your items before sending. You might need to iron the hearts. Place in a plastic bag immediately.

We need many hundreds of these hearts every year. The demand keeps growing as more hospitals request the hearts from us.

Please use sweet baby and kid prints for the hearts. Right now our supply is low. We could use several hundred in the next couple of months. Mail the hearts anytime to

The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241

As always, we cannot donate items to any hospital if it comes from a smoking household due to contamination with "third-hand smoke". http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/third-hand-smoke/faq-20057791

Monday, July 27, 2015

Our Condolences to Hayward, CA Dispatch and Police Department for Their Loss

Please send a card of condolence to Hayward PD Dispatch - 300 W Winton - Hayward, CA 94545. We are heartbroken to report that Hayward Police Department Sergeant Scott Lunger was killed in the line of duty this morning following a 3:15 AM traffic stop. The loss is obviously devastating to Sergeant Lunger’s family, and it is also a blow to HPD and the entire Hayward Community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Need Long Arm Work Donation

I have had several people step up and tell me they would be willing to donate some long arm work to Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 and for the life of me, in my huge Rolodex, I can't seem to find one note about long arming.

I have had donated a rather large (maybe king) top and I need to find someone willing to donate the time to complete this and probably the thread since most long arm machines seem to have their own preferences.

I can provide the batting and the backing and postage costs from your home back to mine. However, if you would like to donate any portion of the afore mentioned material, that would be greatly appreciated.

**North Hills Quilter (yes, you Marilyn) you cannot volunteer for this because you have already done so much for this organization that I will never be able to thank you enough!**

This quilt is NOT for me or anyone in my family and I promise, it will be sent out when we have another need. I was rearranging things today and found the top and I would really like to get it completed.

I can do the binding!

Let me know if you would like to do this and how much fabric and batting you would need!

Thank you for all my wonderful quilting friend!