Thursday, December 19, 2013

'Tis the Season for Giving Back

During this holiday season, we are reminded of how truly fortunate we are, living life abundantly, staying warm and safe. We cherish the gifts we receive and at the same time feel the tugs on our hearts to reach out to those who may not be as fortunate as ourselves. That's why at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics giving back is especially important this time of year.

I am delighted in the many ways our customers and friends to join us in giving back to our communities as well as touching lives around the world. We "pay forward"a kindness to someone whom we may never know by using our sewing gifts; it is like giving a piece of yourself. And isn't that what the Holidays are all about, regardless of your beliefs or traditions - sharing a piece of yourself.

Stonemountain is active in many different sewing outreach programs in which our customers and friends can get involved:

The Brightest Little Star Project provides blankets and quilts for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California. Stonemountain & Daughter's volunteers have sewn many, many little blankets and scent dolls for these special babies! If you are interested in participating in our next Brightest Little Star sewing day, contact us via our website - we'll add you to our list and you'll be contacted when further events are announced.

Look what our volunteers have made!

The next volunteer sewing event will be coming up on January 18th, 2014
Contact Terry McClintock with the American Sewing Guild for more information by email at

For more information on "The Brightest Little Star, check out our website page The Brightest Little Star to learn about how you can make a blanket or a scent doll for these wee ones.

I love to see when our customers come in to purchase fabrics for their "giving back."  Laurel, of Laurel's Quill, purchased some lovely cotton fabric at Stonemountain some time ago to benefit one of her favorite non-profits, Dress a Girl Around the World. This organization has chapters all over the U.S. where women gather for a "sewfest" to make dresses for girls in developing nations, many of whom have never even had a new dress. Dress a Girl started with women making a simple dresses out of pillowcases, but any cotton fabric will do! What we love about this is that even our daughters and sons can get involved at the sewfests, even if they don't know how to sew.

Young volunteer modeling a finished dress
Check out how Laurel used our coordinating cottons to make these simple little dresses:

Whether you're making tiny preemie hats and blankets for newborns, blankets for our veterans, quilts for the elderly, or a huggable teddy bear for a child in crisis, we applaud your willingness to share your sewing gifts with others. 

Holiday Blessings,

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