27th annual Quilt Show: It’s small world, after all
April 19, 2011
A unique collaboration between two groups of women on opposite sides of the world has created an exquisite quilted wall hanging titled, “Little World – Many Women.”
The quilt will be displayed at the Nevada County Fairgrounds during Pine Tree Quilt Guild’s 27th annual Quilt Show on April 30 and May 1.
The project combined the skills of embroidery artists in Pakistan and a local group of quiltmakers called Scrapbaggers.
The women in Pakistan are students at schools founded by Greg Zaller, a local builder and teacher who created the Little World Community Organization in Pakistan.
The organization aims to establish grassroots schools to educate women in Pakistani villages, so they in turn can influence and educate their husbands, children and community.
The schools are financed by the sale of the women’s embroidered handwork incorporated into greeting cards, which are sold at several local shops.
Scrapbaggers, a mini-group within Pine Tree Quilt Guild, decided to ask the embroiderers to make pieces that could be used in a quilt.
Fabric, thread and designs were selected and sent to Pakistan where the women quickly embroidered the sections.
A box containing the quilt segments and greeting cards was then shipped to America. The project ran into unexpected difficulty when the box was opened in transit and the contents stolen.
Local quilter Myrna Raglin of Scrapbaggers said, “The women in Pakistan were devastated by the theft.”
Members of Scrapbaggers weighed the possibilities of giving up or trying again, making the decision to invest in additional fabric and thread to send to Pakistan.
The embroidered sections were made again and this time arrived safely in Nevada County.
The local group assembled the pieces into a 42-inch square, with 16 embroidered segments radiating from a center medallion of stylized flowers and leaves in colorful thread.
It was layered with batting and backing and stitched together by professional machine quilter Veronica Nurmi of Shasta City.
After it is displayed at the Quilt Show, the wall hanging will ultimately be donated to the Sutter Quilt Auction which raises funds for Sutter Cancer Center’s breast cancer research and patient treatment programs.
Scrapbaggers members are Donna Foote, Nancy Campbell, Judy Doyle, Ruby Foster, Cornelia Firth, Chris Parks, Dolores Olson and Myrna Raglin.
“Little World – Many Women” is a unique combination of global outlook and local inspiration; look for it at Pine Tree Quilt Guild’s “Springtime in the Pines” Quilt Show coming up April 30 and May 1.
Joy Waggener is a member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild.