Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mongolian Quilters Converting Unwanted Scraps into a Beautiful New Life

Maggie Ball was our featured quilt artist and presented a fabulous trunk show including quilts made to teach children the skill and history of quilting, as well as her own quilts where she adds her own twist on traditional quilting blocks.  She concluded her trunk show by sharing stories of her travels to Mongolia to teach a group of Mongolian women the skill of quilting.  Ten years later, she has remained involved with the New way Life NGO Mongolian Quilting Center, as she has returned to the center on multiple visits, and has helped to raise funds to provide a safe space for women to practice their new craft.  Many thanks to her dedication and instruction, these women learned how to quilt small scraps of silk fabrics into extraordinary art, as a way to earn money to contribute to their family income.

Her table featured a display of gorgeous Mongolian quilted art available for purchase, with 100% of the money going directly back to the Mongolian Quilting Center.  It was really difficult for me to decide which quilted artwork to purchase as they were all absolutely stunning--the designs, brilliant colors, rich silk textures and just the beautiful craftsmanship.  But at the end of the night, this little beauty came home with me.  I just love all the beautiful colors and textures, and I just marvel that it was made by fellow quilters far, far away!!  I will treasure it and remember what a gift the skill of quilting is to women (and men) all around the world.
Mini Quilt Made by Mongolian Quilters

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