Friday, August 16, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Call For Help, and Meet the Gang....

Hi, all!

Well, Friday has rolled around once again, and we all know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  I can't wait to see what you all have been working on, so let's get started!


First of all, the call for help.  My Instagram friend, Sarah Hunter, who blogs over at Lazy Cozy Quilts, is hosting the Patchwork and Pillowcases Drive to benefit the Socorro Foundation.  

"The Socorro Foundation, a non-profit organization (and 100% volunteer) is opening a Family Shelter and Education Center that receives families released from federal agencies.  They provide families with a safe place to rest, shower, eat and prepare for the next leg of their journey to their sponsor family  In addition to much needed supplies like clean socks, diapers and formula, families receive educational courses on American laws, culture and language to give them a head start in rebuilding their lives.  The shelter intends to provide for 100 new people every three to five days, and hopes to double their capacity soon."

From her website, here is the information about what they need:

For Quilts

These quilts will remain at the shelter and will be washed on an almost daily basis, so the specifications below take into account the need to be “heavy duty” and easy to care for. 
  • Minimum length per side 30″
  • Maximum length per side 40″
  • Must be NEW and UNUSED.
  • Quilts do not have to be patchwork design. Almost* any of your favorite baby quilt patterns can be used. 
  • *Please do not send rag quilts or hand tied quilts. They are wonderful, but they could be choking hazards. 
  • Please refrain from adding ribbons, buttons, or any embellishments. They could be choking hazards.
  • Please avoid the use of holiday or sports team specific fabric prints
  • Please use cottons and batting that are machine washable and machine dryable.
  • Please use secure quilting methods. Straight lines or stippling work great!
  • Freshly washed quilts in scent free detergents are appreciated!

For Pillowcases

The pillowcases will be given to children when they arrive and are theirs to keep. 
  • The standard pillowcase size is 21″ x 30-32″
  • Must be NEW and UNUSED.
  • Please use fabrics that are machine washable and machine dryable
  • Freshly washed pillowcases in scent free detergents are apprecaited! 


Ship to: 
The Soccorro Foundation
310 N. 3rd Street
Hidalgo, TX 78557
You can find out more information on the Socorro Foundation, including their Amazon wishlist, by clicking on the Patchwork and Pillowcases Drive link in the paragraph above.

In a world that sometimes reflects the meanest side of humanity, quilters shine as generous, open hearted and open handed to all.  I hope you'll join me in supporting this very worthy effort!


Well, despite my best efforts, I didn't manage to get a finish this week - two days out of town will really mess up your plans!  So I thought I'd share pictures of some of the wonderful ladies who work in our quilt ministry at church....

This is Lisa (on the left) and Deb (on the right).  Lisa spends most of her time standing right there cutting up scraps - trying to make headway but really just staying afloat!  Deb likes to find backs for the quilt tops - she's cutting one here, as you can see.

Sherry is working on a baby quilt - she doesn't have much time to sew each week, because she teaches 5th grade girls at 6:15, but she tries to come in and do a little bit each week before class!

Theresa is new this fall!  She is still afraid of the sewing machines, but she likes to iron, so she's helping clean up our fat quarter bins and sort out the things that shouldn't be in there.  Maybe I can get her on the long arm machine next week!

And here's Rita!  She really doesn't like to have her picture taken, so I had to sneak this one.  This lady is a quilting machine!  She keeps me hopping, binding the quilts after she takes them off the frame.  

We had a smaller group this evening - missing were Mary, another Lisa, Donetta, Lynn, and Gina.  We've got a really good group this year!  These are the hands that complete the quilts that bring comfort people in need. 

So - - - can they get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you,

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!




  1. What a great bunch of ladies you have there Sarah :)

  2. Thank you for bringing the work of the Socorro Foundation to our attention. I will get started right away.

  3. So much more gets done with a team at work--what a great group of ladies!

  4. Thank you for sharing. Being from El Paso, I'm barely getting online again this week (other than Instagram). Your kindness as well as the love from other quilting blogs has begun the long, arduous road to healing. Romans 8:28 I must believe. Hugs to you

  5. Your quilters look like they are keeping busy and thanks for sharing those links!! Always looking for a variety of ways to help.

  6. What amazing work you and your quilters do. It's lovely to read about them. Forgot to link to your blog, so apologies for that. All fixed. :)

  7. I'm always amazed at the extent of your quilt ministry. Kudos to the entire team.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this need, Sarah. This is the kind of project I’ve been searching for to show love in a tangible way to people in need at the border. I love seeing your volunteers in action.

  9. What a great gang! And space, too! Thanks for introducing them all.

  10. Nice to meet some of your ministry friends! And thanks for the info on this new, wonderful charity :)

  11. RE Socorro Foundation - have been in touch with the director and things have changed. The families are being sent to Mexico to "wait" and attempts to distribute and maintain supplies is in question. Current report is almost all US shelters are nearly empty. They could really use the priority items listed on Amazon. Check out the Facebook page for recent videos and updates.


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