For awhile now I’ve talked about how the sewing bee that I belong to, “The Basket Cases”, had decided last year to make quilts for an orphanage in Zambia, Africa, called “New Day”. I am proud to say they are finished, all 8 of them; quilts for four boys and four girls. As you can see for yourself, each and every one of them are beautiful…but first, let me give you a bit of history.
It all began about two years ago when our group learned of a quarterly quilt/craft retreat held by one of the local churches. The retreats are sponsored by different departments of the church (i.e. Adult Sunday School Class, Youth Group, etc.). Registration fees are used to fund youth camps, supplement curriculum costs, etc., plus…they provide each participant three meals over the 2-day period. The food is all home cooked meals and simply out of this world. Try concentrating on sewing as these glorious smells waffle across the room, your mouth begins to water and your tummy begins to growl!
OK, back to the rest of the story…during the April 2013 retreat, we learned about New Day Orphanage in Zambia, Africa, that is sponsored by the church. New Day Orphanage was conceived to give Zambian orphans hope by providing them a home where they can feel loved, receive adequate care, learn about Jesus from a young age, receive a quality education, and learn the good things of their culture.
Later in July I learned the orphanage was building a new dorm in 2014 to house both boys and girls. So I thought ok, maybe I could make a quilt for one of the rooms. One thing led to another and when I mentioned it to the other gals, we decided right then and there…that would be our project for the year. Since not all the beds would be filled right at first, we decided we’d make quilts for four boys and four girls.
Without further delay, let me present our quilts…
Now on to the boy’s quilts…
While I may be a wee bit prejudice, these quilts are beautiful. Wouldn’t you just love to see the faces of the children when they first walk into their room and know this quilt was made just for them….I know I would.