4 Jan 2020: Amazing! YOU - our loyal customers and devoted fans of African fabrics - splashed out very nicely on our annual online quilt sale to raise money for Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia. Along with several substantial cash donations, the total raised was £3,048.
From the staff and volunteers at Sukuta Health Centre, ‘Thank you ALL for your heartfelt concern for our clinic and patients.’
Our next online quilt sale to support Sukuta Health Centre will be in the summer of 2021.
That gives our makers plenty of time to create some totally irresistible quilts that will sell like hotcakes.
Musa, Magie and ward nurse Christine inspect latest renovations at Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia
Adventures of the African fabric hunters
19 Dec 2019: on the road with Magie, Bob and Jenny - 2019 ended with a frantic flurry of travel, with back-to-back West African shopping sprees.
Magie and Bob spent much of October and November in Ghana.
In Accra one of our first stops is bustling and brilliant Makola Market. Makola is teeming with commerce: everything from bras to bicycle seats - and millions of miles of irresistable fabrics.
That's where we find Perpetual - our favourite wax print supplier. We don't know how she does it, but she seems to have a jump on all the other sellers. Her genuine African wax prints - all made in Ghana - are the best.
Of course, we spent plenty of time - and money! - with our favourite batik makers Esther and Grace, as well. Not to mention Oklah and the beadmakers in Koforidua and our basket guru Greg MacCarthy in Bolgatanga.
In December, Jenny got her first delicious taste of Africa, joining Magie and Bob in The Gambia. She got stuck into Musa's indigo vat, honed in like a laser on Neneh's eye-watering handpainted batiks and journeyed up river to Basse and the lumo - market, that is - at Sara Ngai. Marvellous!
Magie and Jenny with Neneh and her granddaughter in The Gambia. Bob models an astounding Ashanti Kente cloth. Magie with Perpetual in Makola market.