Tracey from Quilt Me Happy got in touch with me a week or so ago to tell me about her new stock of hand-dyed fair trade fabric from Northern Uganda to add to my Guide to Buying Fair Trade & Eco-Friendly Fabric. As soon as I looked up the pictures and read about the fabrics, I did something I very rarely do (because I’m just not that cheeky!), and emailed Tracey to ask if there was any chance she wanted to do a giveaway to publicise this lovely range.
Can you see why I liked them? This (above) is the Summer Colours bundle that Tracey has put together. I confess that I haven’t seen these in person, but the pictures have me reaching for my credit card.. or at least emailing Tracey asking her to give some away to a lucky VB reader…
The fabrics are from an organisation called Akonye Kena (meaning ‘I will help myself’ in Acholi, a North Ugandan dialect), which works with young people in east Africa to train them in skills which will enable them to be self-sufficient (they also make baskets and paper beads – you can find them on Facebook just here, where you can find lots more lovely photos).
They are working to get into the wholesale market, and Tracey, after seeing their fabrics at the Houston Quilt Market last year, was impressed enough to take the plunge and stock the fabrics here in the UK.
Being the talented person that she is, Tracey has done some piecing and quilting to see how the fabrics perform. Here are the lovely results:
Tracey says that they are rather different from your average quilt shop fabric, because the weave is more open, and because they have no finishing products they have a soft, drapey feel (so great for summer dressmaking too!). In spite of the softness the fabric cuts and pieces well, and the upside is that the finished quilts have a lovely soft handle. She has also washed the quilts (and as you can see she used lots of nice contrasts!) and found that the dye retention is good – there is some dye release but the water runs clear after rinsing. She reports that shrinkage is quite high, so advises pre-washing. The fabrics are great value for a hand-dyed fair trade fabric at just £10 per metre for a 58″ inch width fabric.
Anyway, the upshot of all this is, Tracey said yes to the giveaway! So we are celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight, which we just happen to be right in the middle of, with a lovely feast of fair trade fabric.
This is such a fantastic prize that I had to check back with Tracey that I had read it right… The winner will receive one each of the Seed to Sewer – Seasons bundles that Tracey is stocking… that is 4 packs of 10 FQS…. that’s it, 40 Fat Quarters.
The winner will also get (I know…!) a Fat 8th pack of these beautiful neutrals, called Bark and Berries (because they use natural dyes of course):
Just think what you could do with all these goodies!
- To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you would make if you were the very lucky winner.
- For a second chance to win, sign up to the follow Quilt Me Happy on Facebook, and leave a SECOND COMMENT saying that you’ve done so, or tell us that you are already a follower if you are. If you don’t leave a second comment I’m afraid that your second entry wont be counted.
- The giveaway is open to anyone anywhere (which is super-generous of Tracey so more kudos to her for that!).
- Because this giveaway is so marvellous I thought I would give you a couple of extra days, so I will do the draw and announce the winner on Wednesday 13th March, so best to get your comments left before midnight on 12th March.