Do you know about The Sewing Machine Project? Here is the info from their website:
The Sewing Machine Project is an organization based in Madison, Wisconsin, bringing sewing into peoples’ lives by offering sewing machines, tools, and education. The organization was founded in 2005 by Margaret Jankowski after she read an article about a woman who lost her sewing machine during a tsunami in Southeast Asia. The story inspired Margaret to begin collecting sewing machines to send to those whose lives could be mended by creativity.
Since then, The Sewing Machine Project has donated over 3,000 sewing machines to locations around the world. In addition to collecting machines, The Sewing Machine Project also offers classes through local community centers and free mending at three Wisconsin locations. The Sewing Machine Project hopes recipients can use these machines to learn new skills, build self-confidence, and potentially contribute to their livelihoods, as well as the well-being of their families and communities. Recipients are also encouraged to pay it forward in a sewing-related way.
If you are interested in donating a machine or serger that you no longer need, The Sewing Machine Project accepts donations at various drop off locations. You can also volunteer to help prepare machines for shipment or teach an education class. You can also donate money to support the organization, preparation, and shipping of machines, along with their local classes and national curriculum.
I only personally know of one other machine donating project, one that redirects treadle and hand-crank machines to a women's fair trade cooperative in Guatemala. As much pleasure as I get, personally, from my sewing activities, I enthusiastically support these folks.
Today was gray and heavily overcast most of the day. There was a break in the clouds and some sunshine got through my sewing room windows in the mid-afternoon. As usual on Saturdays, I sewed and chatted with my Columbia Friends while working on more quilting of the Scrub Rose wall hanging. I managed to finish matchstick texturing the bottom half before I broke to eat a late lunch.
After lunch my son helped me refill the bird feeder and set up the new squirrel-proof suet feeder I bought while out getting more black oil sunflower seed last week from Mother Nature, the local bird feeding shop. I've tried simple suet feeders in my yard before - I regularly see nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and the like but they don't come to my feeders very often being chiefly bug eaters (go, eat those bugs!!:). Sadly, I never succeeded in finding a way to discourage the squirrels from eating most of the suet we put out. This new feeder is made by the same folks that invented the squirrel-proof sunflower seed feeder we use so I have faith that it will keep them out of the suet, too. Can't wait to see if new birds come to our feeding station. :)
Hugh also consented to hold up my quilt for photography (despite the chilly temperatures outside on our deck):
This is my improv medallion quilt, made with Australian Aboriginal print fabrics by M&S Textiles. I love the pointillism of aboriginal designs and really enjoyed making this project. I was surprised that my son liked it, too - he rarely expresses an opinion of any kind about my quilt making. :) Hopefully you can see the stitched texture of the spiral quilting pattern I chose - executed by my friend Daria Phair in Catonsville. Click on the photo to embiggen. :)
Supposed to be much the same weather tomorrow. I have to go out for a while in the mid-afternoon (secret errand, to be revealed later) and I hope the rain holds off.