Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day - Labor of Love

According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day is…

…the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Let’s give a High Five to our American Workers! We Can Do It!

There are a lot of folks here in the USA ~ and around the world ~ creating handmade items for others – a Labor of Love!

They / we sew for the experience of it, of giving what we can to honor, and to comfort.

There are a multitude of those giving from the heart ~ a labor of love ~ their creativeness, expertise, and devotion through making quilts, dresses, shorts, pillowcases, bags, and on and on for whatever the need may be! If you’re interested in helping – creating, donating, supporting – let me share a few!

On Facebook, you’ll find a wide variety of causes that would love (and appreciate) your support…

(They are “closed” groups – to keep out the riff-raff – but feel free to send a request to join if you’re interested in helping out!)

Melissa over at The Veterans Flag Quilt Challenge created a lovely quilt pattern and has made it available for free within her group!

Her description states:

This group is for those who love to quilt, love quilts, and those who love their country. You do not have to be a quilter to join. Feel free to share pics, tip and ideas (they don't have to be all about flags). This group was formed from a firestorm of support and request for this pattern. I am sharing it for free, this was the best way I knew how to do so. I decided to add the challenge to bring awareness to a great cause. Let’s keep the fire burning!! Accept the challenge make a quilt or donate you time or resources, support your Veterans! 

You’ll see others have created different designs as well… bottom line, it’s about our Veterans!


I recently discovered Quilts for a Better Tomorrow

Mary has figured out the pattern for this lovely quilt and has shared with us all (see “Files” for a document I created for us with all her instructions!). The goal is to get 50 quilts made by November 1st! Any color, your choice! What the group members have made so far, and have shared pictures of, are absolutely breathtaking!

She describes the group’s purpose:

Charity Quilts for the Homeless making a new start

I’m planning to pick up my four pieces during the upcoming shop hop *road trip! Then get it done as soon as I get back!

If all goes according to plan, the homeless will have new quilts soon after they move into The Cottages at Hickory Crossing, Dallas, Texas!


And, I would be amiss if I did not share again my group Lone Star of Texas Quilts for Others! We make quilts for anyone, those to honor, and those in need of comfort.

Lone Star of Texas Quilts for Others is a place for like-minded folks to gather while creating quilts for others! As we journey through National and Community based service endeavors, we offer support and encouragement to one another.

I’m excited to help…

I love the process of creating quilts for others, or quilting a project someone else made for a special someone. It just makes my day!

Will you join in the endeavor ~ our Labor of Love?

*road trip – stay tuned! Set for departure Tuesday, September 13th!

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