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A couple of months ago, my husband and I spent several wonderful days in Oregon. We traveled through Eugene and ended up visiting a lovely quilt shop called Piece By Piece Fabrics.
I ended up on their mailing list and so was alerted to a fantastic charity event which will benefit an organization called Bags of Love, Inc which helps children in crisis. This from their website:
Children are fragile when they are removed from their normal lives, especially if it is a case of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or the arrest of Mom or Dad or both. Custody of the child is undetermined and it creates an apprehensive situation that is truly scary for the children. The only mission of Bags of Love, Inc. is to provide our bags to the various community agencies that serve the needs of these children in those scary days between being taken from their own homes and being placed in more permanent foster care.
Piece by Piece Fabrics is calling for artists and crafters to donate handmade bags for auction or sale with the proceeds going to support the mission of Love of Bags, Inc. Sounds like an excellent cause, right? I emailed the shop and asked if it was acceptable for me to mail a bag for the event since I lived out of state…and the response was instant: YES!
The event is September 7th as part of First Friday Art Walk in downtown Eugene…but entries must be mailed by August 1st. So over the weekend I crafted another Tahiti Tote bag…this time using Michael Miller’s Giraffe Garden in Grey:
The front pocket and top accent is from the Fresh Paint collection by Michele D’Amore for Marcus Fabrics. And the front pocket trim and inside pockets uses the Freckles fabric by Free Spirit.
I lined this bag with the incredible grey Mingle fabric by Monaluna for Robert Kaufman. I thought it captured the idea of giraffes well!
I used the Tahiti Tote pattern by Pink Sand Beach Designs. The bag measures 15.5″ wide at the top X 11.5″ tall X 4″ deep and sports a double front pocket (one with zipper) and six fully lined inner pockets. I hope it will bring in some money to help more children in crisis!