About the Work

I am owned, heart and soul, by the goddess Brighid. So it was no surprise when I was assigned to make baby quilts for our local hospital, for them to give to families in need. So far I’ve finished and delivered 5 of them, with three more in progress.

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It’s important work, but it’s expensive work, and my day job is in retail, so I don’t really have the money to keep pace with the needs of the community.  So in lieu of the donation buttons so many bloggers put up, I’ve got an Amazon wishlist here where I’ve got a list of the supplies that would be helpful in this project. I mean, I don’t have a problem with monetary donations, but I’d really rather have materials that will help with the work I’m doing for my goddess and my community.

In addition to the baby quilt project, I also volunteer several times a month for the low-income preschool where my mother works. I used to do it on a regular basis, but the location where she is now has a lot larger staff than the one where we were before, and there’s less need.

In the past, I’ve volunteered for animal rescues and raised money for cancer research and for programs to provide food for hungry children, and taught an English as a Second Language class from my home. In the past year, I’ve made donations to Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, and the local battered women’s shelter. I used to try to do everything; now I specialize. I’m an activist, dedicated to protecting women from violence and children from the worst effects of poverty. I firmly believe that what one does means a great deal more than what one says, particularly in terms of religion.

Update 4/7/14: So far I’ve taken another 8 baby quilts to the hospital. For those who’ve helped with materials, I can’t thank you enough! The project is going beautifully, and I’ve been able to help quite a few infants in my community. I saw a baby in Walmart the other night draped in a quilt I’d made–that was such a good feeling.

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9 Comments on “About the Work”

  1. There is a Pagan out there… who not only works a regular day job… but dedicates herself to the concept of Charity?

    Hey. Old Man! You’re seeing this right? All is not freaking lost! It isn’t! There’s still some freaking hope left in the world!

    … yes I know You keep telling me that but it’s nice to have a real world example now and then!

    • Stephy says:

      There are more of us out there than you’d think. It’s just that the people who want to wank on and stir up drama are so loud that the real work gets lost in the noise.

  2. ladyimbrium says:

    I’d like to take the time to thank you for focusing on the topics you have chosen. They matter and they matter a LOT. No matter how much we may WANT to be involved, no one can be involved with everything. I teach CPR and First Aid instead, choosing to pass on emergency care skills in a different manner. And since I’ve spent the last 7 years in a traditionally male-dominated field, I totally get the blog title.

    • Stephy says:

      Thank you for your kind comments, and for the work you’re doing to help others. Teaching people to save lives–it doesn’t get much more important than that!

  3. Connecting threads also has the ability to show wishlists. The same quality fabric cheaper, and they use hobbs batting and have sales on it.

    Also look into project linus I think they give you the fabric. http://www.projectlinus.org/ Ermmmm have you put a I can use scrap fabric and stuff, and the reason why at your local quilt shop? Quilters love to give. heck if you want, I’ll happily go through my stash and send you stuff. I know one of my local quilt ladies is going to clean out her stash and gift to me, I will happily send you some.

    Totally going to post this on my facebook to hopefully get people to give. Fist pump

    • Stephy says:

      There isn’t a Project Linus chapter here, and they aren’t taking applications for new chapters, but that idea about posting at the quilt shop is definitely something I’ll ask about, thank you!

  4. email me your addy. I HAVE FABRIC. That and so I can go to connecting threads, go to your wishlist and ship you the stuff. moonwolf23@yahoo.com All quilty type fabric, decent thread count I think.

    I’m totally giddy about you recieving it and using it and quilting. I haz spammed my facebook and poked Pagans and a quilter alike(I truly need to get more quilters). I will also ask the local lady who quilts to see if others would donate fabric to you.

    sings the spam song.

  5. voxwoman says:

    Not sure where you live, but have you looked for a local quilt guild? The ones I’m associated with make quilts and the larger guild has a storage unit full of fabric for donation quilts and hands out kits for members to piece. The tying is done as a group (these are tied quilts) and then the tied quilts are taken by members to bind.

    “Quilts for Kids” is an organization that mails kits out for people to piece (I’ve done that, too).

    I’ve gotten fabric stashes for our guild from estates or family members of elderly people who are being moved out of their houses – you can put a request on quiltingboard.com or craigslist or look on craigslist or freecycle for fabric collections that are being disposed of.

    Brigid is quite the task master. I feel strong affinity for her and Saraswati.

    BB,

    • Stephy says:

      There is a local guild, but they’re not terribly friendly to charity projects that aren’t the ones they dictate. Or to pagans. Or to people below a certain age. I felt unwelcome to the point of being creeped out. I wish I did live in an area with a better guild, but then I’d probably be in an area with a Project Linus chapter, too, and the hospital wouldn’t have such a serious need.


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