Sew What Table

If you are wanting to bust your stash or have someone in your friendship circle or family member who needs to get rid of fabric please call. 

All funds received from the sale goes to help the general fund.


To make a donation, please contact Leslie Herbst at

Next Sew What Table -- Saturday, February 18, 2023! Watch for details!

Saturday, November 5

Thank you to all of our members and others in the community for making our November 5th, Sew What Table event a huge success!!!  Eighty people attended, 12 became new guild members, 10 renewed for 2023 and we raised a whopping $5,300 for the Guild.

We always have fun at this event, and this was no exception.  We did have some technical difficulty with our credit card reader, making our check-out line longer than expected. However, we worked through it and we owe a big thank you to our members for your patience along the way.

For the past 2.5 years, the Joslyn Center Programs Director, Melanie Lyons, has supported us by volunteering her time for our events. On November 5th, we presented her with a thank-you gift (the black-and-white stars quilt in the picture) made by guild members and lunch-bunch members.  We labeled it with a friendship star to symbolize the friendship she has shown to our quilting community.  

We’ve set the date for the next Sew What Table, before seasonal members return home. Mark this date in your calendar:  February 18, 2023


The Sew What Table Summer Clearance Event

Saturday, July 23
Joselyn Senior Center
We sold LOTS and LOTS of fabric at our summer clearance sale!  We didn't sell out completely, but we came close.  After a little break, we need to get ready for the fall event.
The Summer Clearance Sale on July 23 was a resounding success on two fronts!!  While we fell short of selling every last bit of fabric and notions, we did empty SIXTY-ONE bins, plus a good number of soft totes – (sorry, we didn’t count them) - and our storage unit is now ready to receive new donations.  So if you’re one of those people who think you have too much fabric, this would be a good time to start weeding it out and donate some of it to the guild.


The other result of this event was that we signed up THIRTEEN new members!  Welcome to all of you!  Offering a $25 gift certificate to new members signing up at the event turned out to be a successful addition.  We will definitely repeat that in the next Sew What Table. 


This Sew What Table didn’t make as much money as we’re used to, but that’s ok – that wasn’t the primary goal.  We did raise $896, however, and we’re happy with that. And another $270-worth was purchased with gift certificates.

In addition, we raised a record $217 in donations to The Joslyn Center. 


The date of the next Sew What Table will be Saturday, November 5 from 9am to 11am.  Mark your calendar!

Sew What Table

Saturday, April 23, 2022

9am to 11am

Well, our hard work paid off!  A huge thanks to those people who volunteered to prepare, setup, staff, and clean up after our Sew What Table on Saturday!  I know you worked as hard as I did, and everyone did their part extremely well. The event ran smoothly and the flow of traffic was handled expertly!


How’d we do, you want to know?


The event was fantastic!  I really thought that with some of the Snowbirds having departed, the number of shoppers would be smaller, and the financial support to the Guild would be less.  I was half right:  54 shoppers signed in, (though we think a few may have slipped through without signing in), compared to 68 in January - plus, of course, our staff of 15, who also get to shop!  But our membership, our Friendship Group neighbors, The Joslyn Center’s support, and the sewing community at large, came through in a big way because we raised exactly $10 more than we did in January!  Plus, 5 people redeemed a total of $125 worth of gift certificates.  And we’re on track to exceed our goal for the year by a wide margin!  So thank you, thank you, thank you to those to came to support us!  


In addition to what we raised for the Guild, shoppers contributed more than $140 to The Joslyn Center, plus food for Penny’s Pantry.


Keep telling your friends about the Sew What Table.  The next event - in the Fall - will be a little different!  Stay tuned for more details later in the year. 


If you have fabric to donate, or any questions about the Sew What Table,  or if you have input to help us improve our events, contact me -- I’d love to talk to you.  I’m particularly interested in expanding our promotion of these events, so if you want to help with that, please let me know.


I don’t have a Sew What Table Finds item for you today.  Maybe we’ll run across something great for next time!  Till then – keep quilting, and have fun!!


Sew What Table

Saturday, January 15, 2022


What a wonderful sale Leslie Herbst and her team put on at the Joslyn Senior Center.  There was more than enough wonderful fabric, quilting tools, books, patterns and much more to go around.  If you are a scrap quilter you could fill a large bag for $1 of a wide variety of scraps.  Altogether they made $3292.32 to help fund guild activities.  


Thank you to Leslie and her team and to all the shoppers for raising so much money.  Watch the email blasts, website and newsletter for the next Sew What Table event.



9:30AM TO 12:00PM


 Saturday, March 27, 2021

 Joslyn Senior Center parking lot



The Sew What Table on March 27 was a huge success, thanks to all of you who came out to support the Guild!  There were 41 people who shopped in our outdoor location in Joslyn Center’s parking lot in Palm Desert.  (Some even came back for a 2nd go at it!!)  And we raised over $2000!  Lots of people thanked us and said they had a lot of fun – including me and ALL of the other people who helped staff the event – and I heard a lot of comments about the quantity and variety of fabric, notions, and books that were available.  We collected $150 in donations to the Joslyn Center, and some people brought food for Joslyn’s food program.  Our thanks go to Joslyn for supporting us, even though they’re closed due to the pandemic.

We have received new donations that we will be getting ready to offer to you at one more Sew What Table before summer.  Keep an eye on the Guild website and watch your email for the announcement.  If you’re not on our mailing list and want to be added, send an email to or go to our HOME page and click on the link at the bottom. You do not have to be a member to receive the newsletter, or to participate in the Sew What Tables.


My special thanks go to the people who worked with me to make this happen:  Jerilynn Williams, Karon Patterson, Treese Pflum, Cheryl Taylor, Kim Johnson, Pene Owens, Marcia Ulrich, Joan Kiening, Fran Jones Anita Holden, Tony DeZego, Brian Brown and last (but certainly not least) Alan Cargaro.  You guys rock!!!  

If you have questions about the Sew What Table or have quilting fabric to donate, please contact me, Leslie Herbst,

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