Look at this gorgeous quilt by Australian quilt designer, Margaret Rolfe. Stunning isn't it?
Such a beautiful display of Japanese fabrics...and I'm not even going to talk about the skill involved in piecing this together. I think we all know how difficult it would be.
In Japan, the crane has become a symbol for peace, due to the story of Sadako and the 1000 paper cranes. A story of a Japanese girl, suffering from leukemia as a result of radiation fallout from the dropping of the nuclear bomb. She was told of a Japanese legend that claims that anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes, they will be granted one wish. Sadly, she didn't get to make her wish.
Why am I telling you this?
Well, the Australasian Quilt Convention is currently running a charity Quilt Challenge to create 1000 quilts featuring a crane on each quilt for victims of domestic violence.
This fundraising event has massive industry support for a cause which I hope no one has had to go through.
Want to know how you can help support such a special cause?
All you need to do is to create a quilt or a block that contains a crane in it somewhere! Either within the fabric, patch-worked, appliquéd, embroidered, stamped, painted...you get the idea. Individuals or groups can participate. To find out more about the rules, you can read them here.
But guess what? By participating in such a worthwhile charity challenge, you can also win!! By entering, you go in the draw to win one of the latest sewing machines from leading quilting companies, each valued between $2500 and $3000. There's $25,000 worth of machines to be won.
Now, you haven't got much longer. The prizes are drawn at the AQC in May. To find out more details or to register, you can read all about it here.
Happy Quilting...and let me know how you go!