BIB & TUCKER SEW-OP ORIENTATION
The best way to learn about all that Bib & Tucker does is to attend one of our monthly orientation sessions. Program manager, Viola Ratcliffe, does an excellent job of breaking it all down. Register for an upcoming session HERE. If you have questions before jumping in, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (205) 386-0575.
WOODLAWN SEWING TRAINING
The Sew-Op competed in UAB’s 2015 Community Health Innovation Awards and was awarded $13,000 to develop a sewing training that prepares trainees to take on piece-work and small-batch manufacturing jobs. As of December 2016, the pilot is complete and four trainees became proficient enough to produce ten soft-goods therapy tools for UAB's Acute Care for Elders unit at UAB Highlands Hospital. The trainees worked on sewing machines donated by the Wisconsin-based organization, The Sewing Machine Project. We procured an ELEVATE grant through Alabama Power Foundation to continue the program and in 2018, we increased the scope of the program and changed its name to MAGIC CITY SEAMS.
THE MARCH QUILTS
Each year the Sew-Op picks a different theme of human or civil rights for this community art project and facilitates sewing sessions with partners such as the Birmingham Museum of Art, UAB’s Department of Art and Art History, The Birmingham Public Library system and more. In its inaugural year, the project celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches and made three quilts from the 461 blocks that were submitted by participants. 2019 marks the project’s fifth year and we are honoring unsung heroines of Alabama in line with the state's Bicentennial.
SUMMER CAMP at the SEW-OP
In 2016, the Sew-Op tested a one-week camp with ten campers with 30 hrs of programming. We were able to compensate four visiting artists, a camp leader, one camp counselor and the Sew-Op director. Since then, we've held camp in our shop two more times and are looking forward to offering two different weekly sessions in 2019. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming summer camp sessions.
Quilting Activity Resource Kit teaches elementary-level math fundamentals through sewing and the principles of art such as pattern, shape and color. After presenting as a finalist during Design Week Birmingham’s 2015 FEAST, the Sew-Op began raising funds to implement the idea. The Sew-Op teamed up with the team at The Modern Brand, Co. to develop QUARK’s print elements and QUARKs have been available for purchase since mid-2018. For every QUARK sold, we donate one to a Birmingham City School student. We continue to test the kit with students, making adjustments and selling QUARKs in local stores and online. We hope this product will become a solid income generator for the Sew-Op.