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Working at Starbucks on Mondays!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Common Thread Spring Holiday Party

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

The members of Common Thread Circle were invited to Peggy’s home for a special Spring Holiday Party on Monday, April 2nd. After stuffing and sewing heart-shaped cough pillows, knitting, or crocheting items for area hospital patients, everyone enjoyed delicious treats, all prepared by our wonderful hostess!

Meeting Dates – April 2012

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

A grand total of 37,382 handcrafted items have been donated to Houston area hospitals since May 2008!

The circle will meet at Peggy’s home on Monday, April 2, 3:00 p.m., for a Springtime Holiday party to celebrate. Contact one of the circle leaders if you need more information.

Monday meetings at Starbucks will be on April 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 2-4 p.m.

Leora’s Knitting and Crocheting Group will meet at her home on Wednesday, April 11, 1-3 p.m.

Leslie’s Evening Group will knit or crochet at Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road at Westview, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays, April 5 and 19.

On Sunday, April 15, the Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 North Braeswood Blvd., will be stuffing heart pillows for the Common Thread Circle Hospital Project from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for Mitzvah Day (the day of good deeds).

The Common Thread Circle will meet in Room D126 at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 17, from 9:30 – noon.

The “Happy Hands” group will meet on Wednesday, April 25, at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church from 9:30 – noon.

Common Thread Meetings – February 2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Common Thread will meet at Town & Country Starbucks on February 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Join us to stuff and close heart-shaped cough pillows, knit, or crochet items for area hospitals!

We will meet in Room D126 at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 21, 9:30 a.m. – noon.

The “Happy Hands” group will meet on Wednesday,  February 22, at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church from 9:30 a.m. till noon.


Common Thread Celebrates Halloween

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

On Monday, October 31, Common Thread Circle member Peggy Stuart entertained the group at her home.
Members came dressed in costume and enjoyed Peggy’s wonderful food and beverages
as they stuffed and sewed pillows for our area hospitals.

Our hostess dressed as a table !

Nature enthusiast Joan came dressed as Miss Lady Bug!

Witches Joyce, Virginia, and Judy ready to enjoy good food while they work!

Great fun was had by all as we worked on sewing and stuffing our heart-shaped cough pillows for area hospitals!

March 28, 2011

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Sometimes the best way to do something nice for yourself is to reach out. At The Common Thread Circle, we reach out two ways. We get together to eat cake, drink coffee and stitch, sew and cut; and we reach out by helping out hospital patients at a lonely time of life. A comforting fabric work can help make life less lonely for them.

In this update, you’ll see pictures of fabricworks made by the ladies at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church. You can see how productive and wonderful they are. They must have had fun making these. I bet the patients will appreciate them too.

In the past month, we have donated to:


We meet every Monday at The Town and Country Starbucks from 2-4 (except May 30, which is Memorial Day). Thank you Starbucks for your continued enthusiasm for our efforts.

April 4, 11, 18, 25 Starbucks Town and Country from 2-4 pm
April 19 Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, Room D220 from 9:30-noon
April 27 Spring Branch Presbyterian Church from 9:30-noon
May 2, 9, 16, 23 Starbucks Town and Country from 2-4 pm
May 17 Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, Room D220 from 9:30-noon
May 27 Spring Branch Presbyterian Church from 9:30-noon

There will be no meeting on Memorial Day, May 30.

December 27, 2010

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

This January we will have many meetings and be busy helping patients in Houston area Hospitals. Our calendar will include:

January 3, 10, 17, 24
and 31
We will meet at Starbucks Town and Country every Monday from 2-4 thanks to our Host Charles Peirsol.

January 12 The Knit/Crochet group will meet at Leora’s home to pick up yarn and share patterns.

January 18 We will meet at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Room D220 from 9:30-12

January 26 We will meet at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church from 9:30-12.

We enjoyed celebrating our 25,000th fabricwork delivered to a patient this last November. For me it was a time of great satisfaction, as well as a time of reflection.

I have decided not to seek re-election as president of The Common Thread Circle for the year beginning June 1, 2011. As I leave it, The Common Thread Circle is in good shape: we have money in the bank, good relationships with hospitals, and many hard workers.

My tenure as fearless leader has been a personal joy and, most of all, a wonderful experience getting to know you, our loyal and competent volunteers. I’d like to thank those who have helped us achieve our dramatic results, especially all who deliver fabricworks, cut and sew, and maintain our treasury, as well as the knitting and stuffing that we all enjoy. You have made us the success that we are today.

November 20, 2010

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

As Thanksgiving nears, we at The Common Thread Circle have much to be thankful for.

First on my list would be all of you who so faithfully work with us. Well over 70 of you dedicate your time to cutting, sewing, stuffing, closing, knitting, crocheting, delivering, ironing, shopping and other tasks necessary to get fabricworks out to patients. I could not ask for better friends or coworkers, and you’re doing it out of the goodness of your hearts.

Next, our great hospitals in Houston who take care of thousands of patients each month and who appreciate our help. Particular thanks to Pam Lemp and St. Lukes, who have stood behind us all the way.

And third, the fact that we are very close to reaching a huge goal of donating 25,000 fabricworks since June 1, 2008 to patients.

Last, but not least, The Starbucks Coffee Company and District Manager Jean Manning along with Charles Peirsol, Manager of the Town and Country Starbucks, have made it possible for us to donate to over 1,000 patients a month. This scope of service would not be possible without their generous support.

That’s a lot to be thankful for, but mostly, I’m thankful for knowing you and working with you. Bravo to each and every one of you.

Our Calendar

We will meet at the Starbucks Town and Country Mondays from 2-4 on November 22 and 29; December 6, 13, and 20; and January 3 and 10. Please note we will not be meeting on December 27.

We will meet at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church on December 14 for a stuffing, knit and crochet session followed by a potluck luncheon at 11:30 a.m. If you have not already, please call to let us know what dish you are bringing. All are invited to come for lunch and a slice of cake celebrating our 25,000th fabricwork.

Charles Peirsol is throwing a Starbucks Christmas party at the Town and Country Starbucks on Thursday, December 2 from 6-8 p.m. Let’s all join with him for some Christmas cheer.

Happy Holidays!

October 18, 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Congratulations to you! We have donated 22,924 fabricworks since June 1, 2008. Since June 1, 2010 we have given away over 1,000 items a month. This is an incredible achievement when you consider the amount of planning, cutting, stuffing, stitching, knitting, crocheting, packaging and delivering that is involved.

We do all this with joy because we know that the fabricworks we donate are useful and colorful and designed to lift the spirits of patients in Houston area hospitals. Bravo for a job well-done.

Since our last newsletter, we have donated to Methodist, Ben Taub, Katy Memorial Hermann, M.D. Anderson, Texas Children’s, Children’s Memorial Hermann, Southwest Memorial Hermann, Northwest Memorial Hermann, Shriners and St. Luke’s Hospitals.

Upcoming Meetings

October 18, 25 Starbucks Town and Country 2-4 p.m.

October 19 Memorial Drive United Methodist Church D220 9:30-noon

October 27 Spring Branch Presbyterian Church 9:30-noon

November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 Starbucks Town and Country 2-4 p.m.

November 10 Knitting/Crocheting group 1-3

November 16 Memorial Drive United Methodist Church D220 9:30-noon

Thank Charles

We are successful in part because of Starbucks’ support and we appreciate everything that Starbucks and manager Charles Peirsol are doing for us. Charles and his supportive staff always make us feel welcome, and every week we enjoy their wonderful pastries and coffee, as well as their pleasant and clean cafe. We cannot thank them enough. Make sure to say thank you to Charles when you see him.

Buy One, Give One

Spread the word! Those who want to donate to The Common Thread Circle have a new, fun option. If you donate $150 or more, you’ll get a handmade critter designed by our doll artist member, Gwynne Ross, and we will match your purchase by giving a critter to a patient in need. Contact us for more information.

Free Patterns

If you are unable to join us for meetings but wish to sew at home, we put several patterns on our website here (in PDF format). Thank you to Christel Dekker for creating these patterns.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

September 17, 2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Busy, Busy, Happy

Since our new year began on June 1, Common Thread has been busy, busy, busy. We are donating more than 1,000 fabricworks each month and our group continues to grow in numbers and in affection. Simply put, we have a good time with each other. At the same time, we are making useful and attractive fabricworks which tell patients in Houston area hospitals that we care about them. I love win-win situations.

We do need some help in one area. Is there anyone out there who is interested in going to groups to speak about Common Thread? Anyone who personally knows doctors who might support us? Or organizations who make grants to non-profits? Are you interested in developing these connections? It would be very helpful to have a fund-raising group actively working on keeping us funded. A happy group is one with plenty of material and yarn!

Honor Roll

  • All of you who stuff, cut, sew, buy, knit, crochet or say a prayer for Common Thread.
  • Dory and Garrett Graham for delivering our fabricworks to hospitals every Thursday.
  • Gywnne Ross for her wonderful critter patterns (see below).
  • Margaret Atmar for all of those faces and her non-stop sewing.
  • Leora Feldman for hosting the knit/crochet group at her home.
  • Thelma Stockton, Beth Morris, Sarah Dikeman, Beverly Davidson and Bonnie Laverty for all your cutting and sewing.
  • Jeanie Kranz, master cutter, for your unwavering support in cutting and your great color sense.

Upcoming Meetings

Sept. 20 Starbucks 2-4p.m
Sept. 21 MDUMC 9:30-12noon.
Sept. 22 SBPC 9:30-12noon.
Sept. 27 Starbucks 2-4p.m.
Oct.4 Starbucks 2-4p.m.
Oct.11 Starbucks 2-4p.m.
Oct. 13 Knit/crochet group 1-3p.m.
Oct. 18 Starbucks 2-4p.m.
Oct. 25 Starbucks 2-4p.m.
Oct. 27 SBPC 9:30-noon.

Whew! With your help, we will get it all done.