Sewing stories from the web | Madam Sew

Sewing stories from the web

So what’s new in the sewing community? Here’s a monthly round-up of some news of what’s happening in the vibrant sewing community across the globe!

For more than 66 years, a quilting group has been stitching and chatting to put together “lap blankets” for many charitable causes. The group meets twice a month from 9AM to noon, on the first and third Thursdays, September through May, at the First Congregational Church.

“We welcome all ages to join us,” said Whidder, noting doing something for others is a purpose that keeps them happy and looking forward. “And we always have interesting fellowship.”

Each month, the Red Deer Chapter of Days for Girls meets to sew and create a reusable feminine hygiene care package for girls in third-world nations.

It is not an easy undertaking, but many of the volunteers enjoy the work.

“The ladies here love it there’s usually a lot of chatting going on and a lot of laughing,”

Since 1997, the charity Fine Cell Work has been teaching British prisoners creative needlework. Now these stitchers, 95% of whom are men, have collaborated with eight artists, including Ai Weiwei and Cornelia Parker, to create artworks to appear in an exhibition and auction at Sotheby’s called Human Touch.

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A crafty woman, Sarah Lancaster from New Zealand, is merging the two in an effort to educate others on sewing and sustainability.

Sarah and her solar-powered motorcade (jokingly named "Cecil") are traveling the country with the mission to mend clothes, teach others how to sew, as well as spreading her knowledge about living an eco-conscious lifestyle.

It’s thanks to the initiative of two firefighters who’ve learned to sew, repairing torn and frayed protective fire garments efficiently by becoming do-it-yourself tailors.

Five years ago, a bright idea occurred to Shawnee Firefighters Capt. Andy Fenstermann and Mike Owens, Junior, both of whom were tired of having to send torn fire gear back to the manufacturer to be repaired. That company, which is based in Ohio, required that only certified repair techs could repair their garments. Fenstermann said every time he’d send an item for repair, it would be gone for months before he’d see it again.

“Just being able to get gear back in use so fast is worth it,” Fenstermann said

We hope you enjoyed this round up of what’s new in the sewing community!

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I love all these stories. I belonged to a quilting group at Providence Baptist church for many years. We quilted quilts for people who had inherited quilt tops but didn’t know how to quilt. We always had a backlog of people who wanted quilts done. We tried to recruit younger women so that the group would go on and on but they had too many other activities involving their children. All the elderly ladies have gone to the great sewing room in the sky now. In other words, gone on to Glory. They were all wonderful people and I miss them very much.


Love seeing all the projects. I get so many ideas and tips from you at madamsew as well as the clever ladies on facebook. Thanks everyone.


Loved reading articles about what the quilting community is accomplishing for those in need!


It would be nice to see stories from the UK.

Kath Smith

I love these stories. As a young wife we had little money, and I made everything for myself and my children often copying clothes I saw in stores or when things wore out, cutting them up and reusing them. As the girls aged, of course they wanted store bought and with both my hubby and I working, I was happy to give in. Now arthritis prevents the hand finishing and a lot of the details I love to do so I seldom sew but I miss it so much. I really love to read stories like this.

Deirdre Harber

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