Helping others natural pattern of behavior

Little girls in Uganda are the recipients of pillowcase dresses made by Carol Huff and other quilters and seamstresses in Crawford. The charity they donate to is Dress A Girl Around the World. For information, visit

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the popularity of pillowcases — specifically dresses made from pillowcases that are being sent to little girls in Africa through a program called Little Dresses for Africa.

Since then, I’ve learned of a similar charity through quilter Carol Huff of Crawford. She has been making pillowcase dresses for the past five months for a program called Dress a Girl Around the World, which is affiliated with Hope 4 Women International.

Huff said she was alerted to the charity by her niece in Ohio, who was making and sending the dresses to Haiti after the earthquake. Since then, Huff and her friends and neighbors have sewn 400 dresses, 30 cloth dolls to accompany some of them and 80 pairs of pants for little boys. They have been delivered to Bolivia, Haiti, Jamaica and Uganda.

Huff, a member of the Crawford Quilt Club, has led sewing sessions in her home, at the Crawford Library, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Crawford Friends Church.

“It is so easy to get people interested in helping others that it just grows on its own,” Huff says.

Two Crawford couples work with orphanages in Jamaica and Bolivia, so the clothing is hand-delivered by them or their team members.

Patterns for the cloth dolls, as well as the dresses and britches for boys are available at http://www.dressagirlaroundthe

The britches pattern is made from T-shirts, but Huff says she uses pajama patterns for the boys pants.

“We have found even though these are sent to many tropical countries, the boys often wear long pants,” she says.

The doll pattern is quite simple, Huff says, and she has had girls ages 8 through 16 help make them at her LDS church.

When Huff received photographs of Ugandan girls wearing the pillowcase dresses, she said she was hooked on this charitable endeavor.

“This has become a passion for me,” she says.

Please join me in giving all those quilters, crafters and seamstresses out there, who are contributing to either of these worthy organizations, a hearty round of applause.

Another group of 15 dedicated quilters in Ouray once again turned a 77-year-old bag of fabric scraps and yellowed newspaper patterns into an heirloom quilt. Titled “Garden Bouquet,” the 2010 raffle prize quilt is on display at the Ouray County Historical Society, the beneficiary of money to be raised through ticket sales from now until Oct. 2. At that time, the quilt will be raffled during Ouray’s Oktoberfest.

The fabric swatches and pattern for it come from the historical society’s collection of items donated in memory of the late Hazel Duckett Weston, who died in 1985. She had clipped the pattern from the Denver Post in 1933 but never found time to complete the project. It was common practice for such patterns to be printed in various national newspapers during the Depression era.

Historical Society member Sue Hillhouse and her team spent an estimated 160 hours around a traditional quilting frame at the home of Marianne Zeger to make the throw-size quilt measuring 66 inches by 80 inches. It features 12 blocks with lavender urns of hand-appliqued flowers, goldfinches and bluebirds. Each urn holds a variety of flowers, including wild rose, crocus, lily-of-the-valley and pansy.

Much like quilters of yesteryear, Hillhouse says, “We felt a special bond working closely together and making something of a challenge but also something of beauty.”

Last year’s raffle quilt, “Magic Vine,” also was a result of Weston’s unfinished patterns. It was won by Linda Hanson of Ouray, who was so intrigued by its workmanship that she joined the quilters this year to make another.

Adding to its historical thread, Charlotte Duckett of Ouray had a hand in sewing this quilt. She is the wife of Roger Duckett, grandson of the late Hazel Duckett Weston.

After five months of work, the quilters are pleased with their creation that reflects both national and local history.

“The older patterns are really fun to make and fit well with the Ouray County Historical Society’s mission,” Hillhouse says.

Quilt enthusiasts can see more vintage quilts at the society museum’s annual show that continues through Aug. 24 at 420 Sixth Ave. All entries were made before 1960.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Call the museum at 970-325-4576 or go to http://www.ouraycountyhistoricalsociety. org for information.


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