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The members of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op need to buy a long-arm sewing machine to get to Quiltfest.
The members of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op need to buy a long-arm sewing machine to get to Quiltfest.
The members of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op need to buy a long-arm sewing machine to get to Quiltfest.
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Bib & Tucker Sew-Op Goes to Quiltfest 2013

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Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is a multi-generational group of sewing enthusiasts who meet weekly to share their love of sewing in the historic Woodlawn neighborhood of Birmingham, Ala.

This year, our group of eight would like to go to the "Big Show": Quiltfest 2013. In order to prepare eight quilts for Quiltfest, we have searched high and low for an affordable quilting solution and now we've found it. 

A gentle soul in the quilting world is selling her long-arm machine to the sew-op for $2000, a fraction of its value. With the help of this long-arm machine, we will be able to complete the quilting of eight quilts in the time it takes Mrs. Annie to thread her needle.

The long-arm machine will be instrumental in helping us get to Quiltfest, but it will also help our group in the future as we grow our ranks and work to build a sustainable sew-op in the Woodlawn community.

Bib & Tucker will benefit greatly from any additional funds, which will go toward the purchase of thread, batting, fabric, rulers, scissors, rotary cutters, needles, pins and other materials needed to keep our sewing shop running.

Pillow and baby quilt made by Michelle Swanson
Pillow and baby quilt made by Michelle Swanson

Bib & Tucker is excited about our rewards because we will all have a hand in their creation.

How does a pile of scrap fabric become a pillow at the Sew-Op?

Brittany and Michelle man the sewing machines as Lillis cuts strips of fabric to be sewn into rows. Mrs. Annie sits at the iron and presses everything that comes her way. Theresa sews the stripped fronts to pillow backs, and Fatima, Jeraldine and Mrs. Carol turn the pillows right side-out, stuff them and whip-stitch them shut. Jeraldine, the consummate perfectionist, runs quality control and ensures that each pillow is ready for a new home.

We're visual people...here's a graphic breakdown of our amazing rewards
We're visual people...here's a graphic breakdown of our amazing rewards

Thank you for supporting Bib & Tucker!

And thanks too to Kimberly Kirklin and ArtReach (a program of Alys Stephens Center's ArtPlay); Chip Brantley and the Desert Island Supply Co.; Brooke Fleming and City Arts Boutique; Lorrie Thomas and other members of the Birmingham Quilter's Guild; Tyler Jones and 1504 Pictures, and Scott Carlisle and 8th Avenue Media.

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is Annie Bryant, Carol Hilliard, Jeraldine Oliver, Sharon Chamblin, Michelle Swanson, Lillis Taylor, Brittany Miller Hartwell, Theresa Rumore and others.

Risks and challenges

If we are successfully funded, our first challenge will be to learn to use our new machine. However, we are a lucky group as both the former owner and the local long-arm dealer in town are both willing to help out as much as we need until we master the machine. Now our only problem will be getting everybody to sit still long enough to get through a tutorial!

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    A stitched thank-you postcard made by members of Bib & Tucker.

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    An Alabama patch + a stitched thank-you postcard, both made by members of Bib & Tucker.

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    A set of four patches + a stitched thank-you postcard, all made by members of Bib & Tucker.

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    1 small pillow + a set of four patches + a stitched thank-you postcard, all made by members of Bib & Tucker.

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    An invitation to join us for a Bib & Tucker session and to create a quilt square to be added to a wall-hanging honoring the founding supporters of Bib & Tucker + 1 small pillow + a set of four patches + stitched thank-you postcard.

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    An invitation to join us for a Bib & Tucker session and to create a quilt square to be added to a wall-hanging honoring the founding supporters of Bib & Tucker + 1 hand-knit hat + 2 small pillows + a set of four patches + a stitched thank-you postcard.

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    One 3’x3’ quilt made by the Bib & Tucker collective + an invitation to join us for a Bib & Tucker session and to create a quilt square to be added to a wall-hanging honoring the founding supporters of Bib & Tucker + 1 hand-knit hat + 2 small pillows + a set of four patches + a stitched thank-you postcard.

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    1 queen-sized quilt made by the Bib & Tucker collective + an invitation to join us for a Bib & Tucker session and to create a quilt square to be added to a wall-hanging honoring the founding supporters of Bib & Tucker + 1 hand-knit hat + 2 small pillows + a set of four patches + a stitched thank-you postcard.

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