Sari Bari Quilt Auction & Raffle: 2013 Quilter Review

 

Freedom Quilter: Amy Garro / Indiana, USA

My name is Amy Garro and I’m a stay at home mom and quilter. I graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with a Theology degree and do some light writing, but for the most part, I fill my time with giggles and stitches. I have two sons under two, and my husband does a great job making sure I have crafty time. I love designing quilts and would probably rather do that than even sew – but someone has to make everything I sketch! I started crafting at age 4 and sewing (on the machine) at age 7, but mainly sewed garments. I started focusing on quilting in 2011 and haven’t looked back since!

 

 

 

 

Freedom Quilters: Linda Fasules & Lynne Mackay-Atha / Washington, DC, USA

Linda, a pediatric nurse, and Lynne, a science teacher, are both experienced quilters. They met through the DC Modern Quilt Guild and always are interested in a new challenge. We enjoyed playing with the vibrant colors and intricate patterns and borders on the saris and hope you will love our quilt.

Sari Bari Quilt Auction and Raffle 2013: Quilt Preview

Sari Bari Quilt Auction & Raffle 2013: Quilter Review

 

Freedom Quilter: Ann Cook / Sunnyvale, California, USA

I found out about the Sari Bari quilt auction from my daughter in Boston, who is participating as part of a group from their church. I had just finished a quilt for our newest grandson and was looking for a summer project, so the timing was perfect. I opted not to join their group, but instead make one of my own, since I live in California. I spend most of my time as a university accountant, so quilting and sewing fulfill my need for some creative activity. I have been quilting since I was a teenager. I love to sew, and have done everything from furniture upholstery to wedding dresses. My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all quilted. My daughter is a talented and creative seamstress/quilter, and maybe someday her daughter (pictured with me) will be too. I am happy to be able to participate in this wonderful opportunity to contribute, in a small way, to improving the lives of women who do not have access to the same opportunities that most of us take for granted.

 

Sari Bari Quilt Auction & Raffle: 2013 Quilter Review

 

Freedom Quilters: Stephanie Kapadia & Jenn Rodriguez / Greater Baltimore Area, USA

Steph and Jenn met through a mutual friend and discovered shared loves of reading, gardening, craft, sewing and tea! Steph is a third generation quilter. Jenn is first generation quilter from a very creative family. She uses her creativity in her day job as a Landscape Designer for a commercial landscape maintenance company. Jenn’s love of plants and wacky design aesthetic spills over into her quilts with many floral themes and use of novelty fabrics.

Steph is the queen of research, both on the net and off and can find a solution for any creative problem! She’s a crafty librarian and shares her love of books with her husband and Dobby the House Hound.

 

 

 

 

Freedom Quilter: Kristin Perret-Gentil / Aurora, Colorado, USA

My name is Kristin, and I have lived in Colorado for almost 8 years.  I have a husband who is going through grad school right now to finish two master’s degrees, and while he is busy with that I stay home with our two kids; Aspen who is 4, and Beckett who is 2.  They keep me very busy and on my toes, but during my free time I love to quilt and sew clothes for my daughter (and every once in a while my son).  I loved the design of this quilt, and how the colors of these beautiful saris popped against the white background.  I really enjoyed making it and learned some new techniques along the way.  I hope you all enjoy it as well!

Sari Bari Quilt Auction & Raffle 2013: Quilter Review

 

Freedom Quilter: Debbie Hinkle / Smyrna, Tennessee, USA

I am a wife, mother of 4, physician assistant by day and “quiltaholic” any spare minute possible. When our oldest son (now 32)  went away to college, I started quilting. In 2010, our oldest daughter went on a mission trip to Calcutta, India. While there, she was able to meet many of the ladies who make the Sari Bari quilts and other handcrafted treasures.

I enjoy taking various pieces of fabric that are often castaways to make quilt. I am often reminded when quilting how people are often considered “too damaged” or “worthless” to be considered useful. When we put ourselves in Christ’s hands, he binds us together and makes something spectacular and unique to be used for His glory. Quilts made of used material when pieced together provide comfort, warmth, hope, beauty and love.

When Michelle, my oldest daughter, told me about the quilt auction fundraiser, I was so excited. How could I refuse? I get free material, a reason to make another quilt to give away and recruit new quilters through the Sari Bari program. I consider it a privilege to help my sister Sari Bari quilters to have ongoing opportunities for freedom, healing, recovery, hope and new beginnings.

Thank you for this opportunity.

Sari Bari Quilt Auction & Raffle: 2013 Quilter Review

 

Freedom Quilter: Stacy Wright / Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

Stacy has been sewing since she was nine years old, starting with clothing for herself and her dolls, then moving on to aprons and Halloween costumes for her son. She started quilting eight years ago, when she needed a way to use up all the scraps of fabric she accumulated over the years. She has made quilts for family members and has opened up a shop on Etsy called Sewright Fine Designs. She has been looking for a cause to support with her quilting skills and was happy to discover Sari Bari. She lives in Stevens Point, Wisconsin with her husband and son and their cat.

 

 

 

 

Freedom Quilter: Rosie Neave / London, England

I have always enjoyed working with different fabrics and was inspired as a little girl by my mum who ran her own textile design business and my grandma who was an incredible dressmaker. Although I’m only a novice quilter, I like to create large abstract pieces inspired by interesting patterns and designs. This is the second quilt I’ve made for the Sari Bari auction and whilst I’m sewing I think of the happy memories I have of travelling in India.  My Aunty Blue has also made a quilt for the auction this year and, although we don’t live near each other, I love the thought of both of us working on our quilts and we’ve shared a lot of texts about how they’ve been progressing.

Sari Bari Quilt Auction & Raffle: 2013 Quilter Review

 

Freedom Quilter: Sarah Elliot / North Carolina, USA

I am new to quilt making…In fact, the chance to participate in the Sari Bari quilt auction inspired me to take the plunge into quilting; something I’d wanted to try for years.  My Sari Bari quilt, Climbing High, is just the fourth quilt I’ve completed since picking up the craft earlier this year.

When I’m not in the sewing room, I work as a hair stylist and run the blog Georgia Girl Quilts. In addition to my quilty obsession, I enjoy spending my free time with my husband Doug and our Hound mix CJ, who picked us as his humans in 2007.

I chose to participate in the Sari Bari Quilt Auction because of the wonderful women in my life.  I am lucky to be surrounded by strong, independent women filled with passion, talent and love for life and family.  My wish is for all women to feel the same empowerment in their lives and to be surrounded by likeminded women.  I believe that Sari Bari shares that wish and I am honored to be participating in this year’s quilt auction.

Voices for Hope: Kerry Hilton

Freeset is far from the perfect community. We’re a bunch of imperfect people, with more joining the community all the time. As we journey we make lots of mistakes along the way. There are lots of freedom stories to celebrate but, if we’re honest, there’s just as many to weep about too. There are times where we do both at the same time.
Freedom, short lived is a hard thing to celebrate, especially for the Freeset family. Sarada finally succumbed to the tuberculosis, hepatitis and H.I.V. Aids that had ravaged her body for years. As we all sat down in the courtyard remembering her life and sharing stories soaked in tears there was little to be thankful for. The theme of a troubled life ran deep as each one shared. Trafficked from Nepal, Sarada’s family have no idea where she has been for many years and may never learn she has died.
Sitting amongst the Freeset family on an unused bag of sand, the same theme ran through my mind. I pictured Sarada in her Sonagacchi brothel in what must be one of the worst rooms I’ve ever visited. It had no window so the door was the only source of light and air, which meant the room was stale and musty. Sarada couldn’t afford electricity and I remember thinking a fan to circulate even the bad air would have helped. And then there was the stream of water that ran across her floor, perhaps the result of a rusty old drainpipe, leaking dirty water from the rooms above.
Standing at just 4ft 11inches and never saying much Sarada was easy to miss in a crowd. Her needs tended to bring her to the fore more than anything else. Despite a new, dry room with a light and fan she always struggled. Through unwise spending her Freeset wage never lasted the month and no matter how hard we tried to help her manage we were always buying her food. Her two boys, Abhijit (2) and Omit (6) paid the price of a mother who couldn’t even look after herself.
At the crematorium Sarada’s body joined the line of those waiting to be cremated. Her body was in line again but this time she wasn’t a lonely figure from a dark dingy room standing with others selling her body. This time she was joined by 150 others as her Freeset family gathered to mourn and say goodbye. This time she was somebody important in that line, someone who will be missed, remembered and honored even if her Freedom was short lived.
Saying goodbye in Kolkata is never a private affair. Hundreds of strangers gather together in absolute despair at losing their own loved ones, as the Hindu Priest goes about methodically administering the last rites. And yet, amongst all the chaos and turmoil, in that last opportunity to say goodbye, the Hindu Priest was upstaged as Sarada’s family burst out in prayer and song to Jesus. For the first time, there was a sense that for Sarada there is, and will be freedom at last.

Sari Bari Quilt Auction & Raffle: 2013 Quilter Review

 

Freedom Quilter: Blue Maplethorpe / East Barkwith, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

I have only just started sewing since being introduced to the joys of quilting by my good friend Julia.  She showed me the Missouri Quilt company website and from then on I was hooked. I quilted 2 cot quilts in quick succession for my granddaughter Isla and my niece’s daughter Esme.

My niece Rosie then told me about Sari Bari and that became my next project! I love the idea of creating something that someone will choose to buy because they love it and not because I have given it to them. The added bonus is that the money will then be used to help women and children in another country who are in need of our support.

I am going to dedicate this quilt to my dear Mum who died 6 years ago.  She was an amazing seamstress and thought that the sewing gene had bypassed me.  Her picture hangs in my sewing room, smiling down on me. She would be so pleased and proud.

Sari Bari Quilt Auction & Raffle: 2013 Quilter Review

 

Blue Flax Quilters / Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Freedom Quilters: Beth Pinckney, Amber Benton, Carla Stout, Kristin Walker, Andrea Cunningham

Blue Flax Quilters is a group of women with intertwining friendships.  Some of us have known each other for years; some just met in Beth’s sewing room last summer, when we worked on our first quilt together for Sari Bari.  We are Christian women, artists who create in fabric, fiber, flowers, and food; clay, paper, silver, and song.  Among us are teachers of physics, sewing, and art.

Carla is a mother, handcrafter, and nature lover; Kristin, a scientist, physics professor, musician and friend; Andrea, a mom of boys, artist, teacher, and lover of the outdoors and the garden; Amber, another mom of many boys (6) and avid reader who slept under her grandmother’s flour sack quilts as a child; and Beth, a mother of six, Gramma of almost two, and quilter and gardener whose home is always open.

This year’s fabrics have been a challenge for us.  Working with darker colors and larger scale patterns, we struggled at first.  But difficulty draws forth creativity and beauty has emerged as we’ve cut and pieced.  Like last year, our hope is that the cooperative work of our hands will bless the women of Sari Bari, whose lives are full of challenges that call forth creativity and beauty.