Wednesday, February 15, 2006

From Russia with Love!!

Check this out!! This quilt top was made in Georgia, Russia by a group of 10 women.
This group is being taught and mentored by Karen Musgrave of Naperville, IL. She has been over there to teach and help gain grants and help these women to create native Georgian art they can sell for income. Living conditions over there are quite challenging. They have electricity or gas or water for only a few hours a week.Employment opportunities are sparse if at all and not for a fair wage for sure.She has since made several friends there and you can read about her travels at http://www.quiltalliance.org click on the Center for the Quilt , weblog and the Georgia entry.
The man
in the image is a bishop from the 10th or 11th century( nobody can remember exactly who he is)
and the lettering is the old Georgian alphabet.I am very honored to have the opportunity to be part of this global collaboration!!The quilt will be on exhibit at the traveling Quilt National Exhibit in Bloomingdale, IL in July!! First it will be shown at the Pride of the Prairie quilt guild show on March 10 and 11 also in Illinois..... in a chicago suburb I'm not exactly sure of ...more details later.....now on to the quilting!!!!!!!!

2 comments:

Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis said...

Beautiful quilt! I wish I could quilt, but I think the quilting community would be happier if I stuck to knitting :-)

Free Spirit said...

Susan you are just too wonderful for words. It is important to me for the women in the quilt group to understand that many people support their efforts so your contribution is priceless. The one thing I have learned in my travels to Eastern Europe is that hope is a very fragile thing that needs all the support it can get. Thank you, thank you. From the heart, Karen