The Malabo Ladies Quilt Group—
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
In January, 2008, Barbara Hunt packed her sewing machines, cutting table, and stash to take with her to her new home on a small island off the West coast of Africa. Having been taught how to quilt while she lived for a short time in Indonesia, Barbara wanted to “pay it forward” and sent e-mails to all of the other expatriate wives she knew in Malabo, hoping to start a quilt group. Their group of mainly beginning quilters met every Thursday to learn all they could from each other. Recognizing the poverty of their community, the group decided to use their talents to provide assistance. They held 2 fundraising events in the expatriate community, resulting in thousands of dollars used to provide aid to those in need.
Read about this and many more quilting groups in America Quilts Together 2012 from McCall’s Quilting magazines.