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Clementine
September 25th, 2017, 12:10 PM
Hi! I'm old and become new, again. Meaning I joined long ago .... left and came back. I'm in Washington State.

My husband's family are in Puerto Rico. We haven't heard yet from his brother and sister as all the cell towers are down. The island is DESTROYED.
I'd like to help sew pillow case dresses, or whatever, for the poor children. It's hot there so thin child quilts would be good. I'm not an organizer or even a skilled seamstress. But I want to do something!!

I saw on the front page MSQC will send on donations?
Has anyone organized a sewing group? I've looked all over the web, Facebook, googled ...can't find one.

Does anyone here know of an organized group focused on Sewing for Puerto Rico?
~Thanks,
Clementine

KPH
September 25th, 2017, 01:51 PM
M* was rounding up donations for Hurricane Harvey relief. Right after they started Irma hit. I'm not sure if they're sending to FL. You could contact them and see if they have a way to donate to Puerto Rico. Samaritan's Purse might know something as well.

Cool Breeze Quilter
September 25th, 2017, 04:41 PM
I don't know of any sewing or quilting donations yet. Without communication right now it would be hard to even know where to start. I'm sure that once communications are open it will be easier for us to find out what they need. In the mean time Puerto Rico is in my prayers.

Carlie Wolf
September 25th, 2017, 05:13 PM
Perhaps try forming a Group for it in our Groups section?

Midge
September 25th, 2017, 06:25 PM
I haven't heard of any initiatives yet either. I think the need is very great throughout the Caribbean because of these horrific hurricanes. I will keep my eyes open too.

dwil23
September 25th, 2017, 06:43 PM
In the meantime, those who are able and want to help, why not start stitching pillow cases and dresses? The needs are great and if there is no way to get them to PR, they can surely be used elsewhere.

Carlie Wolf
September 25th, 2017, 07:39 PM
Are there any dress patterns on line for free that would work? Do you know?

Hulamoon
September 25th, 2017, 08:06 PM
I have a couple of free patterns on my Pinterest board, but they are having a problem with loading right now. I'll try again later.

KPH
September 25th, 2017, 08:09 PM
Here's a free pattern with multiple sizes.

https://weallsew.com/pillowcase-dress-tutorial/

Carlie Wolf
September 25th, 2017, 08:14 PM
Thanks Lori and Katrina

redcaboose1717
September 25th, 2017, 09:47 PM
Here's a simple dress ( free pattern ) with a zipper for a child
https://youtu.be/DBUtlKrHA9g

Here's a video tutorial without a zipper ( from Jordan's Fabrics )
https://youtu.be/JvqnyXRkUe0

Here's a Baby Dress Pattern ( and video )
https://youtu.be/YLJVmT_rlps

Here's a T-shirt Pattern for Kids & Adults video tutorial ( free pattern )
https://youtu.be/qAIfrCViTBY

PrettyCurious
September 26th, 2017, 09:04 PM
When we made dresses for Guatamala, we used an A line pattern, and a trick to avoid binding/hemming/trimming the sleeveless armholes. I don't know the pattern for the dresses, but this trick may help. I posted it on my blog recently. https://whatwerks.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/quilty-top-sleeveless-shortcut/

Clementine
September 26th, 2017, 10:05 PM
Thanks for the responses and links for the pillow case dresses. We heard from our youngest brother, today and another aunt. It's not good. I am using cheater panels to make thin quilt/blankets so the kids will have something .... new! ....and to keep the bugs off. My daughter and son-in-law will go there next month as she is a P.A.c., and bring medical supplies and what I make. It feels so small.
I wish I had more "cheater panels" but I've already broke the bank buying what I can.

Thanks everyone,
Kathleen aka Clementine

mamo69
September 26th, 2017, 11:54 PM
Currently there is NO electricity. Yes some aid has arrived but getting these items to needed residents is difficult because there is noone to drive supply vehicle (this was on the news today--- the drivers are dealing with their own homes/families)

Hulamoon
September 27th, 2017, 12:04 AM
I'm not sure sending clothing is the best idea. Did you see the Harvey story where there was so much they ended throwing most of it away

JCY
September 27th, 2017, 12:34 AM
Just watching the news tonight I question the logistics of getting much to PR. The military are making flights with necessities like water, fuel, generators, etc. Many people seem to be wading through waist deep water to get places. I think only 1 cell tower is functional. The majority have no power. The devastation is just overwhelming. Everything has to come in by air or ship. My LQS is partnering with M* with quilts to Hurricane Harvey survivors. Haven't heard anything about Irma or Marie or the Caribbean.

pixiedust0830
September 27th, 2017, 02:32 AM
I didn't see anything on helping Harvey survivors ... anyone have a link to that

Hulamoon
September 27th, 2017, 04:14 PM
I thought I saved more free patterns, they ended up being from Etsy. This one is cute though.

http://cailamade.com/paper-bag-dress-tutorial/

Cool Breeze Quilter
September 28th, 2017, 03:11 PM
I just read this on Quilting Jet Girl's Blog.

https://quiltingjetgirl.com/2017/09/28/helpingprandusviauction/

Midge
September 28th, 2017, 07:39 PM
I just saw on the NBC website that there are thousands of containers packed full of relief supplies, medicine, construction materials, food, etc. that have arrived in San Juan and are on the docks. HOWEVER. The infrastructure is mostly destroyed, and the truck drivers and their trucks have not returned to work yet. I suppose they are taking care of their own families right now, and who can blame them? Plus, the roads are mostly destroyed. I understand the situation in the areas outside of the cities is even worse. I know the military is distributing thousands of satellite phones all over the island since the cell towers are all destroyed except for one. So perhaps phone services will again be available and the people can learn what is arriving at their docks or already there. It's just hard to imagine how impossible all this is for Puerto Rico.

Hulamoon
September 28th, 2017, 08:05 PM
Yea and the administration is calling their response a "Good News Story" :icon_beuj:

shirleyknot
September 28th, 2017, 08:18 PM
I just saw on the NBC website that there are thousands of containers packed full of relief supplies, medicine, construction materials, food, etc. that have arrived in San Juan and are on the docks. HOWEVER. The infrastructure is mostly destroyed, and the truck drivers and their trucks have not returned to work yet. I suppose they are taking care of their own families right now, and who can blame them? Plus, the roads are mostly destroyed. I understand the situation in the areas outside of the cities is even worse. I know the military is distributing thousands of satellite phones all over the island since the cell towers are all destroyed except for one. So perhaps phone services will again be available and the people can learn what is arriving at their docks or already there. It's just hard to imagine how impossible all this is for Puerto Rico.

There is also a lack of gasoline and diesel to move those trucks. What little they have is being used for things like hospital generators. So truck drivers can't drive anyway.