We are thrilled to announce that today our Kenyan Program Director’s Visa Application was approved so that she can keynote our Annual Benefit November 3rd. Please download our flyer for details about the Benefit, where you can also have personal time with Norah. Pre-registration will be limited to 75 individuals. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.
We had a splendid reception last week at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Board member Deb Sorem, seen in the photo outside the Wildflower Studio with our products, and President Mary Ann McCammon talked to literally hundreds of people about our program. Many did not know about obstetric fistula so we did a lot of educating! The response was overwhelmingly positive, with offers to donate embroidery floss, financial donations, and invitations to tell our story in their communities. We also sold many of our products, especially the folk art quilts. A big “thank you” to Wendy and Chris, the owners of the Wildflower Studio, for sponsoring us. Please visit their website and if in Sisters, check out their store.
Another big thank you goes to Betty DeHaven who hand sewed the bindings and hanging sleeves on many of the folk art quilts we sold. Quilts for Empowerment is thriving because of all the support we receive from people like Betty, Wendy and Chris.
QFE is honored to welcome Christ Lutheran Church in Aurora as a new partner. This small but very socially active church in rural Oregon designated QFE as the recipient of their Lenten offering. We are grateful for their generous donation and their continued commitment to supporting our work. Thank you Christ Lutheran!!!
We are very sad to bid farewell to Corinne Hughes who has been our social media consultant for nearly a year. Corinne’s posts on Facebook were inspiring and helped garner support for QFE. She was also an intrepid photographer who supplied many of our images. We wish Corinne all the best in the future and thank her for all she has done to support QFE.
Watch for QFE next month at the Sisters Annual Outdoor Quilt Show. Founder Mary Ann McCammon will give a presentation on Monday, July 9, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Sisters Council Chamber. She'll describe the quilters, their quilts, and the personal and financial impact of quilting on their lives. The Council Chamber is located at 520 E. Cascade Ave., Sisters, OR.
In addition, QFE quilts will be on display (and available for purchase) July 8 to 14 at Wildflower Studio all week. Three types of quilts will be available: raw unframed quilt tops, ready to be finished; completely finished quilts with borders, back, and hanging sleeve; and finished quilts framed by Wildflower Studio. All quilts include a photo of quilter with her story and the story of the quilt itself. All proceeds will be used to fund the program. Founder Mary Ann McCammon will be
on hand at Wildflower Studio all week to meet customers and talk about the QFE program. Wildflower Studio is located at 103 B East Hood Ave., Sisters, OR. You can learn more about Wildflower Studio at their website.
The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is widely recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show and quilt sale displaying more than 1300 quilts created by fiber artists from around the world. More than 10,000 visitors from all 50 states and 27 foreign countries flock to Sisters, Oregon on the second Saturday in July. For more about Sisters Quilt Show, please visit their website. We hope to see you there.
When Mary Ann was in Kenya last month, she met our amazing seamstress Carol and her daughter. Carol had one request: please bring power to my house, and so we did. She is delighted now to have light at night to sew and for her daughter to study. These are photos of Carol, her daughter, and her home in Kenya.
Reminder of Mother's Day Event in Aurora
Location: White Rabbit Bakery
Address: 21368 Pacific Hwy E, Aurora, OR 97002
Time: 2pm -4 pm
Date: Sunday, May 13
Mary Ann McCammon is fresh back from Kenya with lots of good news to share and fun stories.
Come and visit. Buy a present for someone special,
Premier showing of Quilts For Empowerment
Quilts will remain on exhibit through the end of June and can be purchased at the Bakery.
Hint: They make the best gluten free products!
The White Rabbit Bakery in Aurora will hold an art show May through June featuring works from the Quilts for Empowerment program. Mary Ann McCammon is scheduled to speak at White Rabbit on Sunday, May 13 at 2 pm. She will share stories from her recent trip to Kenya to teach quilting to obstetric fistula survivors being treated at the Gynocare Fistula Center in Eldoret, Kenya.
White Rabbit Bakery is located at 21368 Pacific Highway in Aurora. For more information about the bakery, please visit their website.
All sales and contributions are greatly appreciated.
A special Quilts for Empowerment program will be held at the Eugene Textile Center Gallery Friday, May 18 at 2:30 pm. Mary Ann McCammon will share how QFE benefits women who have suffered from obstetric fistulas and abuse. This program demonstrates how to make a difference and will show the results. The public is invited to come and become a part of the solution. The art work created by women in the QFE program will be available for purchase in the ETC Gallery May 2-30. All profits go to Quilts For Empowerment, a 503(c)(3) non profit organization.
In addition to hosting events like this one, Eugene Textile Center offers classes and studio support for anyone with an interest in handweaving, surface design on cloth, and other non-woven fiber techniques. ETC is located at 1510 Jacobs Dr, Eugene, OR 97402. Please visit the ETC website for more information about the gallery.
Our intrepid team of floss ladies returned this year to sort through approximately 50 pounds of floss that had been donated from all over the US. The largest donation came from Hawaii where supporter Stephanie Guieb collected floss from all over the islands. It was then put into bags by major color groups that presented a lot of challenges: is it pale green or aqua?
The end result is an impressive array of floss ready to pack for Mary Ann’s April 14th departure to Kenya. Also going are a dozen “readers” for women who need glasses, an assortment of donated beads for the Wadadia beaders, scissors, children’s books for Norah’s kids and chocolate for her.
Alas, the neat plastic bags of floss had to be repackaged in paper bags as Kenya has banned plastic bags. Fortunately, the mistake was realized the day before she departed.