Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Pillow + Quilt = Quilto

This is my card that I made to say thank you- to whoever the lovely lady was who hand made my gorgeous Quilto. I ordered it from an organisation in Africa called Morning Star, they are a Christian orphange who look after children ssuffering from HIV, one of their many projects "Tshedisanang" a Sotho word meaning 'to comfort and console', is a women's project in the heart of the Free State. It was initiated in September 2001 and falls under the umbrella of Morning Star Children's Centre, Welkom.
The women benefiting from Tshedisanang, all infected/affected by HIV/AIDS themselves, are skilled in hand embroidery and beadwork and produce the most exquisite wall hangings, jewellery, table cloths, clothing, to name a few. Their work is finding ready markets in America, England, Germany, Spain and Australia. 70% of all sales go to the women, with 30% being retained for material supplies, thus ensuring project sustainability.

The Quilto has a gorgeous peacock desin with labour intensive beading and stitching! It can be used as a cushion or opened out into a lanket- where you can even tuck your feet in to keep them warm!!!