Tuesday, April 17, 2012

WIP Wednesday: You can help

I've been "Swooning" again. But that's not what I need your help with. Not fabric choice decision, not setting decision.

No, my first WIP involves gathering comments on a blog post. For a good cause.

If you have already read these two posts, you might be rolling your eyes and thinking "not again...." But I hope that is not what you are thinking. Yes, the Colorbox quilt sold for a shocking amount of money, all going to charity. And yes, Mark and I are donating $1 for each comment left on this post. At this writing, the check will be for $207, but we would like it to be for much much more.

Look at this picture.
(picture courtesy of MCC)
It caught my eye from the moment I first saw it. I have three Singer Featherweights. I love them. I take them to quilting retreats.On the other side of the world, these women are sewing on Singer sewing machines too.

They are part of another facet supported by MCC, "Mother's Union Development Project, through partner Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) in Juba, Sudan. The Mother's Union provides vocational training and small business management skills and and teaches sewing and tailor to women (pictured). This is part of Sudan: Coming Home, a multiyear MCC effort to help rebuild communities in southern Sudan."

My great uncle spent many years in Sudan. It is a country that has been in conflict with itself, a civil war lasting over twenty years. It is one of the most impoverished places in the world. Yet these women are learning skills that will help provide for their families and community. They are a Work in Progress. You can help by leaving a comment here. For each comment, you get a shot at some scraps leftover from the Colorbox quilt, but more importantly you will be helping these women.

Our son, Aaron, got creative yesterday. I don't think he is a regular reader of this blog. His interests fall more along reading uni-watch, where the minutiae of changes in sports logos and uniforms are the topic, rather than sewing tutorials. Go figure...

But he left forty (40!) one-word comments, not only adding $40 to the total, but on the chance that Random Number Generator chooses one of his comments, he is generously donating those scraps to someone else. In his own (partial) words:


(Lucky for him "word verification" is disabled on this blog...)

So on to Swoon:

Seven blocks done, and only two more to go.

The center fabric, from Italy, is kind of stretchy but I really like it. These are the blocks I worked on yesterday and today:
So pretty. 

And I'm linking up with Lee, who generously gives us this chance to share our Works in Progress. Thanks, Lee.


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OPQuilt said... #

Ooooh, I'm your first commenter! Glad your totals are climbing--and love the picture of the sewing machines. And I'm enjoying your swoon blocks, because I love those colors! ( Do you ever sleep?)


felicity said... #

Just gorgeous, Cindy. I admire your commitment to raising as much money as possible for MCC.

Amy said... #

I love the color choice on the Swoon blocks. They are just gorgeous! Congrats on raising so much for the MCC. I found you at Freshly Pieced Link-up.

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Loving the way your son's mind works!

Betty said... #

Indeed, your Swoon is very pretty!
And working on the next MCC project: great!

Audrey said... #

You've got me reading and very interested in MCC now! I love your Swoon, especially the interplay of shades in the design. I cut out everything weeks ago, have just begun sewing, and now see I need to mix in more shades.

SMART son!

Katy Cameron said... #

Oooh, loving these Swoons! I actually thought you were only allowed to comment once on that post, hmm, off to plan an essay... ;o)

Teresa F. said... #

Your swoons look great.Congrats on your fund raising.

Grandma G said... #

Lovin' the colors of your Swoon!

Anonymous said... #

I wish that one of my sewing machines was non-electric so I could donate to the project in Sudan. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Ruth Heinrichs

Shannyn said... #

Great work on your Swoon but also on your fundraising. We need more people who see the big picture!!

Tamara Hampton said... #

great program to donate to!

Tamara Hampton said... #

great program to donate to!

Shontelle said... #

Your swoon is looking gorgeous. I thinks it's the most cohesive Swoon I've seen.

LJ said... #

Happy to help!!!

Patti said... #

Your Swoon is amazing!
Love your son's creativity! I also thought only one comment was allowed!

Jessica White said... #

Your swoon blocks are beautiful! I absolutely love those colors together!


Poppyprint said... #

Oh my gosh, you son is so smart!!!!

Joni said... #

Love your blocks! It's gonna be a beautiful quilt.

Lee said... #

Great job on the Swoon blocks. And good for you for raising so much money for the MCC! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

Andi said... #

I think these women in Sudan have a courage we often lack.. Or at least I do! All the best with the fund-raising!

Dora, the Quilter said... #

Very fun Swoon. I like it.
I like the treadle sewing machines even more!

Amanda Jean said... #

i LOVE your swoon blocks!!!

and how sweet is your son Aaron?

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

I love Aaron's comments!! And I love your Swoon blocks!

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said... #

Oh my goodness I love your swoon quilt! I'm so excited about the $$ your quilt brought in! Yippee!

Mama Pea said... #

Your Swoon is gorgeous!