When Tu-Na Helper and I decided that it was time for us to make our annual migratory trek north in May, I convinced him that we needed to schedule a few hours to stop and visit my friend Melva who blogs at Melva Loves Scraps. After all, we’d be driving within a few miles of her place and I had a plan — an interesting one that included sewing. A plan that I was hoping she’d agree was a good one, too.
It’s no secret that I’ve been shopping for fabric at thrift shops and have found quite a bit. For example, I found almost six yards of elephant fabric that I posted about here and 8 yards of a good quality blue print that I showed here. Among my fabric finds, I sometimes have extra fabric that is included (such as these pictured below) that I don’t want to use. Being the thrifty person I am, I don’t want to throw them away but would rather find a good use for them. My plan included these fabrics.
So what do two quilters do with 4.5 yards of fabric in three hours?
Make dresses! Make lots of little dresses, lots of cute little dresses for some very special little girls who we will never see. For little girls who we will never hear from whether they find the dresses colorful and fun to wear. For little girls who we will never know if they look or feel pretty wearing them or even how long they are able to use them.
Last fall, I read Melva’s post here as she started her Little Dresses for Africa project in anticipation of her church’s Operation Christmas Child Shoebox event and then again here as she sewed dresses during Lent to be prepared for this Christmas.
Melva’s sewing room is a bright, happy, room. She gets a lot of sewing done and is very organized. In fact, when I first arrived she was busy cleaning her machines in anticipation of our doing lots of sewing. I was very impressed with the little vacuum system she had and how well it worked.
While Melva and I worked and talked, Tu-Na Helper toured the town and then came back and napped. If my memory serves me right, there really wasn’t a silent moment while we sewed.
In fact, later on down the road Tu-Na Helper asked how we ever got anything done as there was so much chatter coming from Melva’s sewing room he had difficulty napping.
First, Melva showed me how to cut the fabric into the correct size using the pattern found here. I cut all the pink, and green fabrics leaving the orange tie-dyed one for later as it needed to have a seam opened.
Melva has two machines and I had the privilege of sewing on both of them.
I started out on her new machine but when it needed to be rethreaded, I moved to her older one (which isn’t all that old to begin with).
Three hours later, we had made five dresses and had started two others.
Time went fast and Tu-Na Helper informed me we had to get back on the road. I was able to stall him a few more minutes.
Tu-Na Helper and I bid farewell and I left Melva’s feeling very happy that I was able to help with her little dresses project.
I left the remaining orange tie-dyed fabric and supplies with Melva as she graciously said she’d finish that project.
And of course, I left all the dresses with her to be included in her church’s Operation Christmas Child Shoebox event this fall.
The story doesn’t end here. Melva worked the next day not only to finish sewing the last two dresses we had started together but also to sew two more dresses from the orange tie-dyed fabric.
Thanks, Melva, for letting me come and sew with you. I hope we get the chance to do it again.
What I Learned Today:
- This completes goal #7 for the 2018 Second quarter of FAL which I posted about here.
- Completing a goal is a good feeling but not as good as the feeling of helping someone or in this case helping nine little girls.
- One can make something from nothing, kind of like the story of stone soup only with fabric.
- Fabric and thread help tie a friendship together.
Question: Have you sewed Little Dresses for Africa or filled a Shoebox for the Operation Christmas Child or made something else for a charity?
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