Their supported charities are the Pajama Program, which provides new pajamas and new books to children in need on a nationwide basis, and has a local Austin chapter, and Safe Place in Austin, Texas, whose mission is to provide a place for ending sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. Here are some of the donated pajamas:
The Pajama Program charity is important to them because Cheryl was a Kindergarten teacher and has always had some type of job or volunteer position that benefitted or helped children.
She believes that every child should be able to snuggle in their own pajamas and curl up with a good book to read at the end of the day, and to feel loved. Most people readily donate baby or young children pajamas, but Cheryl thought it would be important to donate/sew pajama pants for the older tweens and teens who also are in shelters with little or no belongings. To take it one step further, Cheryl also thought it would be good to encourage other tweens and teens to learn how to sew pajama pants and to donate them to the shelters, so she started free classes to help kids learn how to sew and donate to these two charities.
Although Cindy and Cheryl live in separate states, they are able to showcase their creative talents in one Etsy shop. Cindy is an artist and Cheryl is the seamstress and quilter. Cheryl has been sewing since she was five years old and hasn't stopped since. She started quilting after taking some quilting classes while in college, and has now been quilting for over 35 years. Cheryl has also been teaching sewing/quilting for over 10 years. Cheryl enjoys sewing anything from quilts and table runners, to pillow cases, bags and toys. After participating in the February Quiltsy Mug-Rug swap, and having alot of fun with it, she may start adding them to her shop! Although Cheryl and Cindy have different creative outlets, they each create with love and joy - and they learned that from their mom!
My mother and I make up the Olive Street Studio design and sewing team. I cannot remember my mom NOT sewing or quilting. Since 2003, we've made chenille and cotton baby quilts, baby gift sets, little girls dresses and skirts. In 2013, we expanded into Home Decor quilts and after getting requests for even bigger quilts, we're working on larger quilts too. Then, with extra time, because we all have extra time, ha ha, we also make reversible tote bags, smaller handbags, and zipper pouches. I joined the Quiltsy Team on Etsy in 2010.
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