The Mission of Quilts: Once We Were Refugees

August 24, 2018
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from Deacon Deb Goldfeder

On September 15, 2018 at 11 AM, Advent Church will host a presentation by Ann Say and the Rev. William Say (retired ELCA pastor) about their program supporting refugees in the Kansas City, Once We Were Refugees. The nine weeks program teaches participants to sew straight seams, cut fabrics from patterns, use elastic, hem, and other skills. Upon completion, the student takes home the machine they learned on, along with a new pair of scissors, an iron and ironing board, thread and notions, and ten yards of fabric. And, they will have completed five different sewing projects, the last of which is a quilt made by each student. These quilts are sent to refugee camps around the world by Lutheran World Relief.

In addition to the presentation, they'd gladly accept any donations of used (but working) sewing machines and extra fabric stash you may have. The machines need to do both straight stitch and zigzag and be portable. Also accepted: tools, thread, and money!

They Says will be bringing items made by their students for sale (costs between $5 and $30) with the money going directly to the maker of the item.

This program is free and open to the public. We will have some light refreshments to follow the presentation. If you have any questions, contact Deb at (314) 484-9940. Advent is at 9373 Garber Rd. in Crestwood, 63126.


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