Catching up a little 08/16/2011
Winding up my stay in the, back in Bangkok on the 29th. Just an update...I attended the Project Linus Institute in Peoria, Illinois last month. I was able to meet the founder of Project Linus and the current ladies that head up the project. Also learned great information from PL chapter coordinators who came from all over the U.S. Lot's of ideas on how to take the next step in providing quilts to children in Bangkok. To offset the costs of attending the conference, I did bring some Thai handicrafts and fabrics to sell. The silk mudmee yoyo scarves were a hit. Since I have a "few" leftovers, I've taken a table at a local sale in Rockford for this Saturday. The local sale is being held in support of a local homeless project. If you have friends in the Rockford/Chicago area, ask them to show up to do a little early holiday shopping. Details are Saturday, August 20, 10 to 3, The Clock Tower, 7801 East State St., Rockford IL.
Another house.. 06/18/2011
Last post was a year ago where the fabrics had just been unpacked. However, due to a change in circumstances, the fabrics got packed up and moved to another house several sois (streets) over and into a much smaller space. On a positive note, things are moving forward nicely for the project. I head to the US in July and will get to attend two days of the Project LInus biennial conference. I'm going to be a vendor my first day there to generate interest for my funding scheme and the second day I'll have the opportunity to meet the various state chapter coordinators and learn how they organize.
Just uploaded the photos for the latest donation from the Bangkok Quilt Group with assistance from Lin McNulty's donations from her Bangkok Mom Quilts blog post. Seventy quilts were donated to two locations at Thai construction labor camps in Bangkok that are supported by the Melissa Cosgrove Children's Foundation. Jill, Nancy, Iris & I met up with Tracy of the foundation to deliver the quilts. The labor camps are "temporary" structures where the Thai families live while working on nearby condominium & hotel construction sites. The families live together in a single room. The buildings were two stories, very organized with a camp boss in charge at each site. The first site we went to had an air-conditioned daycare center. The second site is building a toy library.
After being in my new house for over a month, gave in & let my PA unpack the fabrics. Actually a smart move as I was able to concentrate on rearranging the other stuff and when I get back in September, QOA can get into full swing...as far as cutting kits that is. The new quilt/craft studio has plenty of light and table space.
First Post!... Redux 03/17/2010
Technology shouldn't be such a challenge...lost the first blog post already. I live in Bangkok, Thailand. The King has a plan called the self-sufficiency economy...the basic idea is to work so one has enough to be comfortable without overextending one's self financially. How much one needs is a personal decision. I know that I live a very spoiled life. I have a roof over my head, food on the table, a truck to drive and my college educated daughter is just a phone call away. Every day, by just noticing the Thais who work harderfor less, I am easily grateful for what I have. I want to help others earn a living. I want to get more quilts into the hands of children. Children who have very little appreciate the bright, colorful quilts. Several years ago, I helped to distribute the quilts at the Children of the Forest free school in Sangkhlaburi. It was amazing to see this children wrapped up in the quilts. Some immediately put the quilts away in their bags so they wouldn't lose them. We had to coax them to bring them back out so we could take pictures. More & more, I see people with more wanting to help people who have less...micro-loans are the current way to do this. To create that win-win situation, I want to hire people who want to have a sewing business. Start-up is the hardest time. My idea is to pay them to sew my quilts so that they have a small income while they are building their business. The goal is for them to have a thriving business and not need me to hire them and then I can move on to help someone else. The idea is to link with existing organizations who make micro-loans. Then the other part of the puzzle is having people who also want children to have quilts but may not have the time or skill to donate funds to pay for labor & supplies. Any amount is welcome, but I estimate that each quilt would cost about 1000 baht or $30US. It's a double win as contributions go to helping someone earn a living and also giving a child a quilt.