CraftSanity Episode 105: The Story of Margaret’s Hope Chest

This episode is about spreading hope one quilt at a time.

Tune in to meet Carin Vogelzang, and her mother, Carol Peters, two women who turned a family tragedy into an inspiring cause called Margaret’s Hope Chest.

Carin, of Toronto, and her mother, Carol, of Grand Rapids, co-founded the quilt charity Margaret’s Hope Chest in honor of Peters’ mom, Margaret Herrema, who died after she was critically injured during a purse-snatching in 2005. The first quilt they gave away was to the mother of one of the women convicted of Margaret’s death.

Carin and Carol  have given away 102 quilts since founding the charity in Margaret’s name in 2007. Now they’re asking quilters around the globe to help them make 400 quilts to give to homeless children living in the Grand Rapids Public School District here in West Michigan during the Christmas holiday. You can read Carin’s blog and my column about the quilt drive.

Special thanks to episode 105 sponsors The Woman’s Industrial Exchange of Baltimore City and MaryAnne LoVerme

The Woman’s Industrial Exchange of Baltimore City is a non-profit that helps local people create, market, and sell their handmade items. It is well known for its gift shop at 333 N Charles St. in the Mount Vernon section of Baltimore, where it has been located since 1889. It is looking for new local crafters, and new customers from anywhere! Check out the website or call 410-685-4388.

For decoupage penny earrings and more, visit the Wabisabi Brooklyn Etsy shop. MaryAnne LoVerme of Wabisabi Brooklyn turns humble elements into elegant jewelry. The current collection combines vintage jewelry, recycled paper, coins and other ephemera in unexpected ways to create true statement pieces.

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