Community Service

Community Service


April 11, 2017 meeting is Community Service Day (update: great success!) See Other fun and News about this also)














Our community service program this year is a quilt as you go strip quilt. We will have all day to work on our project and hopefully you will get a lot done on your quilt that day. As incentive there will be several drawings each hour during the day. You must be present and sewing to win.

Please bring: 1) A 1-1/2 yard piece of fabric for the backing 2) 6 to 10 strips of fabric 3 to 5 inches wide by width of fabric (selvage to selvage). 3) Your sewing machine and regular sewing kit.

**We will supply the batting and some additional 2 1/2 inch strips for sashing strips and binding.
**Please bring your lunch and spend the day with us.
These quilts will be going to the Veterans Integration Center. 

As a reminder - Over the Mountain is a 501 c-3 not-for-profit registered educational organization. Included in our bylaws is the stipulation that each member is asked to donate a quilt to OTM for their charity distribution community service program. This Community Service sew-in day is our group effort to help everyone fulfill this membership obligation with a minimum of time and cost. We are always happy to receive more than one quilt per member and will put all we are given to good use.
Standard size for a quilt is 50 inches x 60 inches, or larger.

For 2017 we have an additional incentive program for you when you donate your quilts. For each quilt completed and given to our Community Service Mavens, Eileen Suderman and Beverly Reynolds, you will receive a ticket toward the end of the year drawing. This year's prize is an all new sewing machine provided by Ryan's Sewing and Vac. The more quilts you turn in, the more chances you have for the sewing machine! This is an exclusive drawing and only OTM members are eligible to win.
Join now, sew with us in April, donate quilts, win prizes, have fun!
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Our Community Service Quilts and donations for 2016 and 2017 are going to the NM Veteran's Integration Center in Albuquerque. http://nmvic.org/  We are happy to collect and pass along any items or donations for this cause. Please see their website for details.

Each member of Over the Mountain Guild is asked to create a quilt for our Community Service project each year as a part of the membership requirements. Quilts for the Veterans do not need to be Red, White, and Blue. The organization serves the whole family of the Veterans in their program. Some of the clients would rather not have R, W & B, so children's quilts and other combinations are very welcome. A standard size is 50 inches x 60 inches but all sizes are happily accepted.

Here is the letter the NM Veterans Integration Center of Albuquerque sent us at the end of the 2016.



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Nancy F collects book bags year round to donate to disadvantaged children in other countries. This is a reminder that if you have extra fabrics you could make a 12 x 14 finished simple book bag with handles to help a child take their books to school. Fabric bundles and patterns are available from Nancy. Please ask.  The pattern also appears below. 

In April 2017 Nancy sent a box of 50 school bags (because that's what fit in the box) and still has some to begin the collection for next year. We're sure they will enjoy receiving these as they told Nancy their goal this yer was 50 bags. Good going Over The Mountain Quilters! 
Here is the Thank you note ad photos they sent in return.





World Service School Bag Pattern
Materials:         ½ yard fabric (or several fat quarters pieced with French seams)
Cut or Piece:     one 35” x 14” unit
                        one 4” WOF strip or two 4” x 18” to 20” strips
Instructions:
1.     Fold the 35” x 14” unit along the 35” length so the wrong side is inside. Stitch a ¼” seam on each 17” side. Turn the bag and finger press the seam. Stitch another ½” seam along the 17” side. (French seam) Turn the bag right side out.
2.     Turn under ½” on the top edge and press. Turn under 2” on the top edge to form a hem and stitch.






3.     Handles. Fold the 4” strips in half along the 4” width with right sides together and press. Stitch a ¼” seam on this long side. For a WOF strip, cut in half. You will have two approximately 18” to P22” handles. Turn and press with the seam in the middle of the inside of the handle. Fold in the ends and press. Top stitch close to the edge all around each handle. Stitch the handles to the top of the bag approximately 4” apart and 1.5” deep using an X pattern.
Finished bag will be approximately 12” wide x 14” tall.
Bags are filled with school supplies and distributed in disaster areas throughout the world. Thank you for participating in this community service project.

NOTE: A pieced and quilted 31” x 14” sandwich can also be used for the bag. Just be sure all the edges are finished.

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