Thursday, December 26, 2019

Sewing for Hospice House

I've mentioned that I am a volunteer for Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg. I started as the birdfeeder and birdbath caretaker and then oriented at the front desk (reception). Along the way, I learned they needed a few items sewn - simple tote bags for guest belongings, a pillow for each guest's bed as a decoration, and other small things. The pillow goes home with family.

The main person who sews pillows needed help, so I stepped in. She makes so many of them and delivered >50 recently. That's when she and I met. I was working at the front desk and she stopped by. We chatted and my assistant pillow maker gig began.

The pictured pillow was made completely from scraps today in a modified split-rail quilt block design. I was given small pieces of the fabric shown and the back of the pillow is from an old sheet that my sister gave me. The cost to me was time and the Poly-Fil, and the payback for me is a feeling of giving back and paying forward, a way to spend some of the new free time I've found since retirement, and my stash is getting smaller! That's just plain odd. 

Get out in your own community and see what kind of charity sewing you can do. Check with early intervention centers, nursing homes, hospices, any place that serves people in some way. You'll be glad you did. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Hamming it up, part 2

An update to the ham pillow post from a few days ago:

I've been trying to get more ham bags, but guess what? They don't make these anymore. So, I told my friend that her pillow is now super collectible. Worth a lot. Right? Maybe not, but it's kind of fun to know you have a pillow that can't be made anymore until someone raids the warehouse and grabs all the ham bags!

I think she likes it! 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Sewing word search puzzle

I had fun putting this word search puzzle together for you. You can go to the link and play it on line or print it out and play off line.

Happy Holidays!

Here's a screen shot in case you don't trust link clicking!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Virginia Ham is so delicious! (How-to)

Until you've had a real Virginia ham, you are truly missing out. A lot of places sell "Virginia ham" that isn't the real deal. Some delis call it country ham. But here in VA, we call it what it is, Virginia ham.  

I've been fortunate enough to acquire a bunch of unused ham bags and what better thing to do than make a pillow?!?

Easy instructions:
  1. Wash the bag. If it is a used ham bag, you might want to soak it first and make sure to air dry it. It may hold some of the ham smell. Some companies will hook you up with the bags if you ask nicely :)
  2. Iron the bag to get out any weird wrinkles.
  3. Cut the edge off, all the way around. 
  4. Take one piece and apply ruffle to the right side (if you choose to use it). 
  5. Place right sides together, pin, and sew, leaving an opening for stuffing.
  6. Stuff with polyfil or your fluff of choice. I like to stuff these pretty tightly to make them easier to toss in the washer (in a pillowcase!) and dryer. 
  7. Stitch the opening by hand. 
  8. Fluff it up with your hands. 
  9. Enjoy!
We have one of these on our bed. It makes a good extra pillow for reading. The one pictured is being sent to a friend who has moved. Just a little bit of home for her. It's odd, but wonderful. Everyone should have a ham pillow!