Two days ago much of the world paused to remember Nelson Mandela, a man who has been called the last great liberator of the 20th century. World leaders came together with the South African people Tuesday, to honor the life of this anti-apartheid icon.
Many of Mandela's quotes have been shared on the internet in the last week, and I think these are my 2 favorites:
"There is no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom."
This week we are putting 4 categories of African fabrics and products on sale for 15% off. If you are inspired by Mandela and wish to make an African-themed quilt, now is your chance to pick up the components for such a project.
eQuilter charities are working in several African countries, and in many other less developed countries in Asia and Central America, so keep this in mind when you finalize your order and check out.
Doctors Without Borders is working all over Africa, and helping with Typhoon recovery in the Philippines. Mission of Love has built a maternity hospital in Uganda, and is also preparing for a relief shipment to the Philippines. Engineers Without Borders / NASA Johnson Space Center / CU Boulder chapters are building a school for an orphanage in Kigali, Rwanda with eQuilter's support.
After a several-year hiatus, the Bernina Ambassador and Artisan Reunion is happening in Chicago this week. It has been sad to come together, and not have Libby Lehman here this time. After an aneurysm and stroke, and a subsequent medical rollercoaster, Libby now seems to be doing better and better every week. We send our love and good wishes to Libby, and hope she continues to improve.
The 10 memorial quilts donated to the SandyHook/Newtown community have been delivered to Newtown City Hall, and we received this message from the Newtown Recovery Team-Project Manager a couple days ago:
"We have received your beautiful quilts, and we are going to place them with our Cultural Arts Commission for display.
Thank you again for all your hard work and comforting thoughts
Attached is a picture with our Town First Selectman-Pat Llodra with one of the quilts as well as her assistant Sue Marcinek."
Many thanks to the groups of quilters who created these very special memorial quilts. They are just gorgeous!
Warm holiday wishes,
* The quilt shown above is by Marjorie Post - "It's All About Spring - The Baby Season" as seen at the 2013 Houston Quilt Festival.