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My friend, Lea, stopped by today. Lea spent a couple years in Ghana a few years ago serving the people there. She continues to love and serve these amazing people. She opens her home to them when they come to visit or for their work. Her grandson just finished his eagle project for Boy Scouts he collected glasses for people in Ghana. Just before Lea returned she asked the dressmaker if she could have some of her scraps. She gave her a bag of lovely fabric. She only used her scraps to make erasers that she would sell for pennies to schools there. Lea asked me if I would help her make a quilt. I was thrilled to work with this awesome fabric. I helped Lea make this quilt. I quilted African symbols in the solid rows for her. It was neat to learn the meaning of the different symbols. When Lea told me about what the dress maker did with her scraps and how poor she was I wanted to help. I collected money from my quilt guild. They were very generous. We were able to purchase a sewing machine and cutting tools. I drew up some simple patterns and instructions for pillows and runners. (It is a little warm in Ghana to need or want quilts.) I thought this way she and other women could use the machine to make these and sell them to tourists, to improve their situation. I was so thankful to Lea for this opportunity. It was very fulfilling. Well, Lea has gotten some more gorgeous African fabric. One of the men she knew in Ghana brought it to her recently. Here it is below. Don’t you just love how vibrant it is.

It contains so many wonderful possibilities.

I showed Lea the rail fence runners and quilt I have been working on. I also showed her on EQ what it might look like with her beautiful fabric. So with a little instruction I sent her on her way. I look forward to seeing what she does this time.


  • Anonymous says:

    What a heart-warming post. So interesting to see Ghana’s fabrics too. Very lovely and bright. Keep us posted.

  • Unknown says:

    That is such a wonderful idea and a great service project.

    The fabrics are lovely and the quilt you both made…WOW!

    You are so awe inspiring!


  • Donna says:

    ethnic fabrics are so fun to work with — and its always amazing to see fiber art raising the living standard of women… 🙂

  • Unknown says:

    Fantastic quilt! I just love African fabrics and have quite a little collection myself. My husband had gone to Africa several years ago and brought me some. I have just kept building on it. I love the story behind your project.

  • Deb says:

    Wa generous bunch of people you know. Those fabrics are delightful and your qwuilt looks great

  • Needled Mom says:

    I know that they will love the supplies. Think how much fun that would be.

    That quilt is just gorgeous with those fabrics and I can imagine how fun it was to learn the symbols.

  • Teresa says:

    What a fantastic quilt. I have some fabric from Africa that my daughter brought home a couple of summers ago when she spent the summer in Kenya giving shoes to orphans. Maybe this is the quilt I should make!

  • Unknown says:

    Great quilt and post about amazing women – everywhere! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Shari says:

    How wonderful to help Lea help others. The fabrics are beautiful. Hopefully the sewing machine and instructions will help the community.

  • audreypawdrey says:

    This is such a wonderful way to share and help others around the world! I also love those fabrics-beautiful!

  • Browndirtcottage says:

    what a wonderful story about Lea…..the quilt is wonderful and i loved reading this post and seeing the great fabrics!

  • StitchinByTheLake says:

    Beautiful fabric…and beautiful story. blessings, marlene

  • hetty says:

    A great quilt and a lovely, heart-warming story to go with it. It is good to know that there are others out there who care and are willing to help out. I love the African fabrics! I’m sure it was interesting to learn more about African symbols!

  • QuiltedSimple says:

    What pretty fabric!! Love the coloring on them. And the quilt is beautiful – what a great reminder for your friend.

  • *karendianne. says:

    This is a lovely post, Em. There you go again with that big huge heart! Definitely keep us posted.

    …and what neat fabric! Even a C.W. girl like myself knows neat fabric when she sees it.

  • Vicki says:

    What a great story – thanks for sharing. Please keep us posted on what your friend does.

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