At TQL, we’ve heard some nice feedback from folks who’ve read “Mending Communities, One Sewing Machine at a Time” in the February issue. It’s the story of the Sewing Machine Project, an effort to distribute used, unwanted sewing machines to people who need them, here in America and all over the world. Margaret Jankowski, who works at a Bernina dealership in Madison, Wisconsin, came up with the idea. She realized that in some places, a sewing machine can make the difference between survival and starvation. I hope you’ve read the article. It’s a heartwarming story.

Since the article went to press, we’ve learned that Bernina of America has donated more than 100 bernette machines to SMP. Those machines have been sent to Guatemala, to India, and to a rescue mission in Great Falls, Montana. Thank you, Bernina, for helping support this wonderful effort.

On a sad note, the quilt world lost a pioneer this week. Radka Donnell, who had been making non-traditional quilts since 1965, died in Zurich, Switzerland. Radka recognized early on the emotional connection between quilters and quilts, and wrote a book called Quilts as Women’s Art: a Quilt Poetics. Her improvisationally-pieced compositions broke ground for many of today’s art quilters…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

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