I don’t know about Shari, but some days I’d look at all the Bastrop donations stacked in various corners of my house these past several months and wonder if the day would ever get here when those donations would actually be in Bastrop ;-). The good news is that tomorrow they will!!
(I didn’t realize when I took the photos of the filled containers that you wouldn’t be able to see the depth of loot inside — duh!! There are some older “see the loot inside” pictures here.)
First up are the three containers filled with fabric:
The front container is filled totally with “yardages” — cuts bigger than 1-1/4 yds. The back container has more yardages, as well as various bags filled with yardcuts, fat quarters, fat eighths, different sizes of quilting-ready precuts, and some quilt WIPs that some folks might be interested in finishing off. The smaller container has more of the same. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but those two larger containers are about 3-1/2 ft long and about 20″-24″ deep. All of the containers are packed FULL. I had callouses on my scissors’ finger & thumb from cutting fabric into fat quarter and fat eighth sizes!
Next up are the needlework-fibers containers:
These are filled with yarn, yarn, and more yarn, with a nice dose of wool embroidery floss included as well. The wool embroidery floss came to me sorted by color — I dumped it all out and made up baggies that each contained a rainbow of colors, so that each person would have a nice variety of colors with which to work. I *love* looking at the variety of colors and textures in these three containers!
These smaller containers are filled with needlework charts/patterns & kits & supplies, beading supplies (including some beautiful beads!), and sewing supplies.
The following sewing machine table (with built-in sewing machine) + chair and Anchor floss cabinet were donated by someone I came to discover is actually a neighbor of mine! Small world :-). That Anchor floss cabinet is all kinds of awesome!! These will both be fabulous door prizes for some lucky folks on donation distribution day.
And these are the odds-n-ends :-). A Q-Snap quilting frame, a couple boxes of books, a big box of magazines, a bag filled with batting (or maybe it’s fiberfill? I haven’t looked inside that bag in months!), a knitting bag that’s filled with assorted other totes, a big container for beads or buttons, and a tabletop-size needlework stand.
And here it all is loaded up and ready to take to Shari!
Many thanks to my brother, Rex, for the loan of his trailer . . . and many, MANY, thanks to my hub for (a) not grousing about the fact this stuff has crowded us towards the center of our living room for months, and (b) for being my heavy-lifter, and also my trailer-pulling chauffeur.
I won’t be at the donation distribution, but I look forward to hearing about it and seeing pictures!! I hope there’s a nice-sized turnout, and that everyone leaves with armloads of loot :-).
Thanks to Shari and the other members of StitchMAP who have been doing so much to make this outreach effort a success, and to bring happiness and needlework-zen to folks who lost everything in the blink of an eye. You ladies (and your helping-out hubbies) R-O-C-K ! ! !
Edited to Add: Geez Louise, I can’t believe I forgot to thank EVERYONE WHO DONATED GOODIES!!! Many of the donations were dropped off at a local yarn shop, so I’m not exactly sure who donated what, but I do for sure know who 3 or 4 of the generous souls were :-). Thanks a million, those of you who donated!!