Sew Days

Sew Days are ‘work’ days for Firehouse Quilts volunteers.  At the beginning of the session, we have a bed turning to share completed quilts.  Bring your machine, personal sewing tools and be ready to sew.  If you have sewn before, but are new to quilting, practice sewing a straight line using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Accuracy is important in quilting.  Be sure your name is on tools you bring.  We encourage volunteers to choose fabric from our stash and cut their own kits, but free kits are available at your first Sew Day.

Can’t Come to a Sew Day?  No problem, help from home!  You don’t have to come to Sew Days in order to help Firehouse Quilts.  Feel free to use your own stash and try new patterns you’ve wanted to test & make a small (approx. 45″ square) snuggle quilt for us.  When you’re finished, you can drop it off at a Sew Day or email us for a different drop-off location.

If you live out of town and just want to mail a finished top or quilt or even a monetary donation, please notify us via email.

Sew Days are held at the
Above & Beyond Sewing & Vacuum
10201 W Bowles Avenue
Littleton, CO  80127

on the first Thursday (1 pm – 6 pm) and the third Wednesday (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Always double check the days and info for Sew Days each month before traveling to them.
Make a difference in a child’s life today.  We appreciate all donations.

Thank you!

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Quilt Sizes

Common quilt sizes for the various organizations that we support are 45″ x 45″ snuggle quilts, 36″ x 36″ small quilts, 50″ x 70″ lap quilts, and 40″ x 50″ wheelchair quilts.  These measurements do not need to be exact, except for the width of the wheelchair quilts, which must be exact, so it does not get caught in the wheels.  

Preparing the Quilt for the Longarm Quilter

We have a wonderful group of longarm quilters who donate their time to quilt for Firehouse Quilts.  Please make sure the back is pieced/pressed (and large enough) and the binding is put together for the quilt.  The backing must be 8” – 10” larger than the top to allow proper placement on the longarm machine.  Thank you for your help with this!

Location of Quilt Labels

A Firehouse Quilts label needs to be sewn in the corner on the back of the quilt so the label will show through the bag when it is folded and bagged and the recipient knows who made and donated the quilt.