Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Quilt For Orphans Africa Auction



I have a dear old friend who works with an organization that builds schools in Tanzania, Africa.   They are really doing some wonderful things to help educate orphaned children and teach skills to widowed women. You can read more about it at Orphans Africa.

(these photos are all from the Orphans Africa website.)

She called a couple of weeks ago and said they were having an auction in February to raise money for a secondary school classroom.  And she asked if I would make a quilt to put in the auction.  Of course I said yes.

So that is what I have been working on this weekend.  I gathered up everything I would need.  I learned an easy way to make these triangle blocks in a class based on Martha Thompson's book, "Start With Squares".   And I thought they would be perfect to use in the auction quilt.  Block rows were layed out and then sewn together to make the main part of the quilt.  Two simple borders were  cut and sewn on.  Everything was layered together in a quilt sandwich so that I could pin-baste and machine quilt.

I still have to sew on binding and make a label for the back.  This quilt is fairly small, about the size for a  nice wallhanging or table topper.   I am pleased with how it is coming along.   Will post a picture of the final product when I'm all  through.    (update--- see completed quilt here.)

Linking to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House.


32 comments:

  1. Very pretty! Love the colors. Great cause!

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  2. Our church is linked with Rwandan churches,in Taba and Kigeme. Our mission team takes loads of stuff every year. The need is so great. I made a Resurrection quilted banner for our sister parish.
    I hope your pretty little quilt brings a good price!

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  3. What a wonderful quilt...and a wonderful thing to do for the Rwandan children!

    Could you email me your snail mail addy so I can send you a gnome tag?!
    My email is pclouse07@gmail.com

    Thanks and blessings!

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  4. What a good idea, how sweet of you to make this quilt and ... it's a beautiful one! Good luck with the binding.

    Have a nice day & greetings, Carolien

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  5. A great idea and a wonderful work!
    Hugs...Luna

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  6. What a beautiful quilt and how nice of you to donate it to such a worthy cause.

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  7. Your quilt is lovely and I'm sure will help a lot to raise funds to donate to the orphanage in Rwanda.
    Have a great week,
    ~Maggie~

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  8. Hi again,
    re the picture within a picture shell mosaic.....I used the "page" option on Photoscape.
    I use Photoscape almost every time now as they have more options than Picasa.
    ~Maggie~

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  9. What a beautiful quilt, and what a great cause.

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  10. I love the colors....soothing, cool and restful. What a wonderful thing to do. I will help when you get ready!

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  11. The quilt is absolutely beautiful! I admire your talent, but admire even more that you use your talent to be a blessing to others.

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  12. What a wonderful contribution...and the colors are so perfect...cool
    God Bless You

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  13. Your pretty quilt is for an admirable cause. I'm sure it will fetch a good price.

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  14. Wow, your quilt is gorgeous! And I love your grandmother's embroidered items below, too. I think you've inspired me to start a pillowcase.

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  15. It is a very pretty quilt and I love the colors.

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  16. Wow, a beautiful quilt and a wonderful cause! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

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  17. What a nice thing to do. I wish I could go to the auction. I'd bid on your pretty quilt for sure. laurie

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  18. You quilt is just beautiful. I hope someone appreciates all the work you have put into it. How kind of you to make it for such a worthy cause.

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  19. A great talent for a great purpose. I love the combination of prints!

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  20. I love those colors of your quilt! Very creative and is turning out beautifully.

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  21. Love the colors in your quilt! You are very sweet to help out by donating the quilt.

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  22. Such a pretty quilt! A lovely thing to do and it makes a great mosaic. :)

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  23. What a great quilt for a wonderful cause! xx

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  24. I love the colours - someone will win the bid and a good amount will be raised...win/win!

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  25. What a wonderful thing to do for a good cause. Your quilt is so pretty --I love the colors and the design.

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  26. Thanks you guys! You all are quite the cheering section! I do hope my quilt does well. But compared to the big ticket items that are going to be auctioned off, (like trips, etc...) the quilt will just be a small drop in the bucket. It all adds up though, so I am glad to be able to help in this small way.

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  27. Beautiful mosaic, and such a good cause! Wish your auction turn out well..

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  28. Such a beautiful quilt and for such a good cause! I have scrolled down through many of your posts and delighted to see your many beautiful handiwork projects. Such a sweet place you have here!

    Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

    kindly, ldh

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  29. How wonderful to see where your efforts are helping! Beautiful craftwork. ~Jeanne

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