Suffice it to say that we all had a really good time and wore each other out! I think we were in bed by 9:00 each night, but then we were up most days by 5:00.
One night we were playing with fabric. I had just picked up 5 bags of doggy scraps from the Adel Library.
First I want to thank everyone that donates to Iowa Comfort.... but I seriously have to change the rules on what I am going to accept as donations for the doggy beds.
Kellie was in charge of getting the wrinkles out so we could determine how to best utilize the fabric.
I put Pam in charge of the Accu quilt. I have a large stack of 3 1/2 inch squares for future quilt tops.
Danie was in charge of cutting strips from pieces of material that lacked quality or quantity for quilt tops.
Kellie is modeling a piece that eventually ended up in front of myself or Danie.
My primary job, besides chopping down fabric, was to remove fabric from the bags we had picked up and decide if it could be used in a quilt top.
This is when it got a little hairy. Reaching into those bags I managed to get stuck 3 times in the time span of about 45 minutes.
Here is a glimpse of what was also in those first two bags.
There was a big ball of masking tape, and part of a pattern.
A glue stick and embroidery floss.
6 needles and pins, three of which found my fingers.
And this gold metal clasp, that was very sharp!
I have a nice scratch on my hand still from when I found that metal clasp. Once I found it that was the end of us playing with fabric.
The remaining material went out to the trash as I was no longer willing to take a chance with being stuck or scratched.
I also will not let any other volunteer take a chance with their safety.
So while I appreciate your donations for the doggy beds, I will only accept future donations under these conditions.
1. All donations of doggy bed material must have the name and telephone number of the person who donated the bag of scraps. That way I can contact you if I can't use them.
2. Dog bedding must be already cut down, and ready to go directly into a dog bed. The accepted sizes are strips no wider than 1.5 inches or 2 x 2 squares. These are the sizes that work well for the stuffing. Larger pieces do not allow for nesting.
3. Only fabric scraps should be in the bag. No paper or metal objects at all.
4. Large pieces that can be used for the casing and shams will continue to be accepted as they are now.
I of course will understand if you choose not donate. It does take a lot of work to cut this material down. I just don't have the time to do it all myself and won't put another volunteer in harms way.
I hope you all understand. I hope to make a delivery to A Heintz 57 yet this week. I have a closet full of beds ready for them. (Didn't get them delivered before my sisters came)
Have a great week everyone.