Outreach Project: The H*art Gallery

For our 2015 Outreach Project, we will be working with the H*art Gallery. H*art is a place where homeless and non-traditional artists can receive materials and take classes to create marketable work for the gallery. The gallery is located at 110 East Main Street in Chattanooga. On the gallery's website you can read all about their mission, see works of art, and find out how to get involved.

Denise Ohlman, our ChattMQG Outreach Chair, has several projects with the H*art Gallery already underway. At our January meeting she asked for volunteers and has so many that she's drawing names to choose who goes in March and who waits until next time!

First Project: Hexies

We need donations of 2-1/2" squares. Please cut a 2-1/2" strip of starched fabric, then further cut it into 2-1/2" squares. Those already signed up to work will be contributing solids (and these people have been assigned colors; see link to Denise's letter below), so everyone else is asked to bring prints.

We can also use paper hexies punched from cardstock. These need to be 2" across the middle. Please bring them already punched.

Second Project: Wholecloth

Participants will be provided dark background fabric and taught how to stitch straight-line or organic designs with 30-weight thread. We can use donations of 30-weight thread, needles, thimbles, perle cotton, or monetary donations of $3 to $5.

Boxy Pouches

We will also contribute quilted boxy pouches to be used as toiletry bags. Anybody in the guild who wants to make one is welcome to do so. Denise needs to have these pouches before the March 12 day at the gallery, so if you can't bring a finished pouch to the February 14 meeting, you'll need to arrange a drop-off with Denise. Here is a tutorial on constructing the boxy pouches.

Please bring your 2-1/2" starched squares, cardstock punched hexies, and finished boxy pouches to our February 14 meeting. 

Read Denise's letter to the guild here to find out even more details about our H*art Gallery projects.