I own www.tradingfabricpostcards.com . Over the years I have made great friends from all over the world. One such friend is Els from South Africa. Several weeks ago I got an email from Els asking do I know anyone that can help her group? You see in her country where she lives in South Africa the ladies are not as fortunate as most of us being able to have a fabric stash. They remind me of the Gees Bend Quilters, they use every inch of fabric from anything they can get their hands on.
2013 Els guild is hosting a quilt show. She sent me the below letter and I am asking for you along with me to see if you can mail a manila envelope to her so that she can share the fabric with the ladies that can not afford to purchase.
I guess we take so much for granted in our country. Basically most of us can just go get what we want and we have more than enough most of the time.
I decided to start the Manila Envelope Fabric Project for her guild. I am going to get several envelopes together and put fabric in them and send them out this week in the mail. I am going to send some each week.
Now if you do decide to help also here is what I am going to do for you ONE LUCKY PERSON WILL RECEIVE A DESIGN WALL. Els agrees to send me the name of the ones that she received the envelopes from. The more you send the more chances you have to receive a very nice gift from me. I have ordered a portable design wall from Checker Distributors. I will call Janis tomorrow to verify she received the order and it is in stock. This is very nice. I have one here at home that I leave up all the time. If I need to take it down it has its on case to carry wherever you need to take it.
I think most of you have followed my blog for a long time and you know me by now that I would not post or ask you for help that was a scam. Like I said, I have known Els a very long time and they need help. Are you willing to send your manilla envelope?
Here is the email I received from her and below it I will post the address where to mail the fabric. THANK YOU SO MUCH AND I WILL REWARD THE WINNER WELL. If you can not send a big manila full just send what you can in a regular envelope.. These ladies will appreciate anything!
Here is a bit information of our Outreach of our Oranje Quilters Guild. Please, be free to change my words or sentences – my English is not of the best. We speak most of the time my mother tongue – Afrikaans.
For the background – two of our quilting ladies, go once a month to a nearby Township, Bochabelo, to help a group of black ladies with patchwork and quilting. They teach them to make beautiful quilts. They use odds and ends of fabric, because they don’t have the finances to buy real cotton. They use any fabric they can get hold of. Few of them won prizes on our yearly Agricutural Show here in Bloemfontein. From the 21st – 24th of March they’ll participate in a exhibition with other quilters in one of our local Museums.
It is our turn to organize the Quilt Festival in 2013. This will be the first time for us. Our Guild is not so big as the other in our land, South Africa. Every two years, for the last about 20 years, it is held in another city.
We invited 15 ladies of the township to attend the Festival for free and do two classes for free. We’ll spoil them also with a Goodie Bag packed with useful things they can use at home, also for their quilting. They’ll also get filling meals, fruit and other delicacies. We arranged with two teachers who will inspire and encourage these ladies to seek further knowledge.
But we need your help. I’m asking your support in the form of fabric. Please, can you help us to make this an unforgettable Festival for these 15 ladies?
Thank you so much. I appreciate your help so much.
Chris, here you it. I’m going to make. Myself a very big mug of Green Tea now after all this English. Thank you so much for understading and trying to help me.
You can read about the guild here http://oranjequilters.blogspot.com/