Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Quiltsy Cares March 8th Maryellen McAuliffe

Today's Quiltsy Cares donator is Maryellen McAullife from MaryMackMadeMine. Maryellen's charity is Little Dresses for Africa http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/about/. I asked her why this charity is so special to her-" I enjoy making clothes for girls, and when one of the bloggers I follow asked for others to sew dresses for this charity, I decided to participate."   

 Although the dresses are normally made from a Pillowcase shape, since I happen to sew clothes, and had yardage, I decided to make 2 simple tank style dresses.  I have a number of easy patterns, and picked one that would work with the fabric piece I wanted to use.  The charity requests that there are no zippers or buttons to break, so the style I picked met those requirements, and my need to make it a real dress, one that I would be proud to donate.  



Maryellen just moved to Franklin Square, Long Island, NY, to help my elderly parents.  I'm excited about creating a new studio.  She has been sewing since she was 4, and took her first quilting class about 28 years ago.  She has made everything from doll clothes, home dec, slipcovers, curtains, pillows, quilts, wedding and prom dresses, school play costumes, and even did alterations for dry cleaners. Quilting and dresses for girls are her favorite things to do.  She has been a member of the Quiltsy Team about 6 years, and as a leader, she helps manage the team shop.

Her  favorite is usually the quilt I'm working on.  She is also honored to be an Island Batik Ambassador, and just finished a blog hop to showcase their new fabrics, coming to stores now.  We also got the box of fabrics that will be shown at Quilt Market in May.  She loves working with these fabrics.  Just listed in her shop is a quilt with the Coral Reef collection, and is in the process of finishing one from the Sea Salt Sandy collection.

Written by Pat Young of PatsPassionQuilteds, Quiltsy Team member since May 2011.
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11 comments:

Christine Smith said...

Cute dress for worthy cause.

Chris V said...

Great project!

Gail S. said...

Adorable dress! Thank you for donating!

ISoTotes said...

Great charity!

JM in Toronto said...

Sweet little dress! I'm sure the girls that receive these dresses will be thrilled.

teachpany said...

Thanks for the feature! I had fun making these dresses.

Kathy Kinsella said...

Pretty dress and a great donation!

Lauren said...

Great charity and beautiful dresses! Thank you ME!

Jane Weier said...

I love that charity, and your dresses are beautiful!

Sue Simpson said...

What an adorable little dress!!! Great charity! Thanks ME!

Sally said...

Absolutely WONDERFUL cause. Your efforts will make a real difference in the lives of these girls!