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US quilters raise funds for Bfd’s work in Ethiopia

Dr. Diana Sammataro, Hope Johnson and their respective quilting guilds in Arizona and Vermont USA have partnered to create a magnificent community quilt to raise funds for food security, biodiversity, and increased standard of living, using the example set by the industrious honeybee.

Members of the Champlain Valley Quilter’s Guild from Vermont and the Tucson Quilters Guild from Arizona contributed to the Bees for development Sunflower Quilt which made its debut at the Eastern Apicultural Society Conference held in Guelph, Ontario in August this year. Ms. Johnson designed the pattern, pieced the top, appliquéd the central bee medallion and quilted the quilt with more than 36 individual Guild members contributing the applique blocks depicting sunflowers.

The finished quilt was purchased by a beekeeping couple from Rhode Island with proceeds from the sale being donated to support UK-based Bees for development’s beekeeping projects and rural development initiatives in Ethiopia.

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Evelyn George, Member-At-Large of the Tucson Quilters Guild said, “…bees are very special to us quilters as symbols of working together for betterment of the community.”

In total, Rhode Island beekeepers made a donation of $2,700 to Bees for development for which director Nicola Bradbear expressed the organisation’s appreciation and gratitude. “This donation will will make a significant contribution to supporting our work in Ethiopia”, she said.

Founded by Vermont gardener, bee enthusiast, and artist Hope Johnson, Vermont Quilt Bee offers bee-related quilts and fiber art. See more superb creative quilting and find out more at vermontquiltbee.com.

Shelburne News of Vermont USA ran a story about the Bees for development quilt with a photo of Hope Johnson in September 2015. You can read the article here: www.shelburnenews.com/2015/09/03/quilters-partner-in-support-of-the-industrious-honey-bee/

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