The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!
Hi Janet- I hope you are enjoying the Iowa group of quilters. It is a friendly-and fun- group!
I am sooooooooo sorry to read about all your flood damage last year. I know it seems petty when you say you lost fabric when others have lost houses, photos that can't be replaced, heirlooms, etc---but anybody who is a quilter knows just how truly important fabric and quilt supplies are to a fellow quilter. With that being said, I am so sorry to hear of your losses. Fortunately you turned a bad situation into a good one by trying new things. Guess there's a silver lining in every dark cloud. Kudos to you for turning your focus on the positive.
Hi! Is all you family gone? The quilters at the prison are all MEN!!! There are 1200+ inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility. Crimes range from murder to white collar crimes to sex offenses and everything else. These inmates are classified as medium security. In otherwords, they would be of a medium level risk to the community should they escape. This isn't even close to what is called a super-max facility. That would be where the most violent of felons are housed, usually with minimal contact with the rest of the inmate population and staff.
We have never had an escape in the nearly 12 years the facility has been open. It is a private-run facility. We are contracted by the state to house this level inmate. The inmates are scored on a variety of items to arrive at their classification level, such as institutional adjustment - how have they been behaving since being incarcerated?; are their mis-deeds of a violent nature?; How long is their sentence?; are they wanted by another agency after they have served their present sentence?
I'm not really concerned that they will do me harm. Not only do I run the quilting program, but I am also the Hobby Shop Director. I let them have stuff to make crafts with. They have to get approval to order the supplies they want and pay for it themselves. I approve or deny what they want to order, process their request and deliver it to them when it arrives.
The housing unit that has the quilters is the protective custody unit. For a variety of reasons, these men are hiding or need protection from the general inmate population. The reasons may be the nature of their crime (even criminals have standards :-) ) or who they were on the outside - public officials, gang-bangers who have a hit out on them because they have renounced the gang, their crime was very high profile - lots of media coverage, so everyone knows their crime (which is usually a sex offense, so in the criminal mind, that person crossed the what's acceptable line. A male population is much easier to deal with than female. I guess we are just a nasty bunch of people when we become inmates. Most people in corrections won't work with women. Men are easier.
Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon and get some pain-free rest.
Thanks for the compliments on the photos. No, I don't use a lot of connecting threads fabric. I have some. But I love to browse the web and the shops on it and love to get packages in the mail so when I see something I can't live without I get a yard of it and here comes another package.
Glorious morning here in eastern Iowa. 62 cool degrees with a breeze and no humidity. All the windows are open.
Janet my babys all love their quilts so much right now I,m making frog quilt for my 3rd grandson he love frogs and wants a yellow one for pet.Each kid has their own likes so I let them pick what I call the big boy or girl quilt. For Hayden we are making the design photo/drawing we have found of frog, make them the size we need and the parts we like on drawing. he even is picking the fabric for each frog. I think they take better care of quilt and will use it longer if they help plus it teaches them to sew how to pick color and they know how much work it is to make a quilt.
Hi, Janet. I saw in one of your comments that Pine Needles moved from Cresco to Decorah. I live in central Iowa but go to Decorah for business periodically. Can you tell me if they've moved to a downtown Decorah location as I'd love to stop by next time I'm there. Thanks.