Monday, April 12, 2010

A Stash Request

Many of you know that I am an educator. Actually my role at this point in my career is as an educational consultant working with administrators and teachers across South Dakota who are trying to improve the education and achievement of students. This week I am staying in Valentine Nebraska and traveling about 30 miles west and north to the Rosebud Indian Reservation to the St Francis Indian School. For a year now, my staff and I have been coaching teachers and I have gotten to know a beautiful Lakota woman who teaches in the school. Marion teaches beading, quilting, cooking, and it is evident she cares deeply for the students. She needs an iron and I plan to bring her one of mine from when we had two households. There are many warehouses that send their ends to schools like this but we all know what that fabric might be like. I don't have to reiterate the poverty found in this part of our country either. Sew in order for Marion to encourage her students and provide materials appealing to their eyes, I would like to request your help. She will use the fabric when school starts in the fall and having some projects and fabric to show students will help up recruit students to take the classes. What I would like to ask is for each of you to select a couple of fat quarters cluttering your stash (you don't have a real need for them now) and mail them to Marion. Let's call it "Fabrics For Fall". Please send this stash request on to others in blog land and who knows what they can do.
Mail your Fabrics For Fall to:
Marion Running Horse
PO Box 379
St Francis, South Dakota 57572-0379

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Added color

Yesterday after the Saturday Sampler at the Pin Cushion, we celebrated Pam's birthday at the wonderful coffee shop down the block. Quilting friends are the very best. Of course some of us couldn't resist going back to the Pin Cusion to add to our fabric collection. I selected a dark brown to add as a border on the Kaffe Fassett quilt in the last post. I plan to quilt it with varigated thread and lay it upon a white coverlet on our bed. I think it will be quite stunning.
I also finished a wallhanging for the Minnesota boys with fish on it. I will take a picture when I return home with the binding hand stitched while I am away.
I also have almost finished a shrug made of alpaca yarn. I am planning to make some as Christmas gifts. They are absolutely gorgeous!
Meanwhile, I am having fun reading blogs.

Monday, April 5, 2010

This is UFO Monday for me

I purchased this fabric when I was in Chanhassen a few weeks ago. I just fell in love with the colors. Used a quick quilt pattern for a start and then added my own borders and white to strike up the band. This plays "WOW".