Xcalak Community Quilting – 4th Annual

by Paula Preston (March 2012)

Four years ago in Xcalak, México, I handed out squares of old, white sheet to anyone and everyone and asked that they do whatever they liked with them so I could put them in a quilt. Much to my delight I got children's drawings, embroidered pictures, several visiting tourists did squares, Vicky an artist from Colorado, who lives down here part of the year, had some of her pastels printed on fabric, and someone else in the States had some photos printed on fabric and sent them down. I assembled the squares including a few embroidered tea towels done by a local gal. I used strips of fabric in between the squares and a large sheet for backing. I did not stuff it as there is no need for it here in the tropics and I tied it with embroidery knots. We held a raffle and gave the money to the school committee for building supplies.

It was my dream to create a tradition that could be taken over by the folks in the village. It worked! This year is our 4th annual quilt. Each year the experience has been very different and the quilt has been very different; it is so exciting to see what evolves This year I have opened the quilt to silent auction. The money from the quilt will go for roofing and tiling in the kindergarten and wherever else is needed. It pays for the materials and the fathers do the work. The bidding is still open. You can reach me at Paulapreston8@hotmail.com

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