Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Making quilts to care

from Wendy
At least two groups of church women make quilts to give away or auction. In Geelong, in the suburb of Belmont, they started with half a dozen garbags full of fleecy bits of material that no one else wanted. In Doncaster, Melbourne, a group found there were some women in Vietnam who needed help. So they started cutting, assembling, stitching, knitting, crocheting.

The Belmont quilts are given away to needy families or individuals. The first quilt made by the Doncaster women is up for auction, the proceeds going to a quilting project in Vietnam where women are given training, employment and independence. So the squares in patchwork become part of a circle of on-going care, which is nice in this day and age.

(Pics and info from Crosslight magazine, Uniting Church.)


Blogger tooners said...

i love quilts! i have three at home for the bed that i switch around. my mom makes them but i never learned. this is something that i'd love to learn to do one day.

2:24 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I made a few simple quilts when my kids were little, just square patches, nothing fancy, but even they looked charming.
There's also a South Pacific style of patchwork, perhaps mainly from Tahiti, where large shapes are sewn onto a backing, mainly floral and leaf shapes.

10:42 PM  

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