Can you make a quilt coverlet for an orphan in Central America?

The daughter of one of our active guild members is currently participating in a youth service project called Global Glimpse. Her group is working in a Children's Home is Leon, Nicaragua. The home has 25 elementary age children (mostly boys) who live and go to school there. As part of their service, the Global Glimpse students are fixing up and painting the interior of the Children's Home. They are painting the girls dormitory lilac with butterflies and flowers, the boys dormitory mint green with soccer balls and the dining hall blue.  The children have no sheets, no pillows and no blankets. We would like to send brightly colored coverlets for each child with the last Global Glimpse group that will be going July 23rd.

You can help by making a brightly colored coverlet approximate size 50 x 70 inches. They should be backed with a broadcloth weight fabric, but do not fill with batting as it is warm in Central America.
These coverlets can be simple patterns like Jelly Roll Race, String quilt, Chinese Coins, Modern Cross, Running Rail, etc.

If you want to help, please email Maren at Finished coverlets can be brought to the July 15th meeting or the community outreach workshop on July 19th.


Janome America Inc. Recalls Elna Sewing Machines Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Sewing machine
Units: About 600
Importer: Janome America Inc. of Mahwah, N.J.
Hazard: The wires inside the sewing machine can short circuit, posing a risk of fire.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm knows of one report of a sewing machine catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the Elna eXcellence 740 sewing machine. The machine is white and navy with a digital touch panel. "Elna" and "eXcellence 740" are printed on the front of the machine.
Sold at: Sewing machine stores nationwide from September 2010 through April 2011 for about $3,000.
Manufactured in: Japan and Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the machine and return it to the store where it was purchased for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Janome America at (800) 631-0183 anytime or visit the firm's website at