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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.

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Comment from Bobby
Time: October 8, 2009, 4:48 am

Margaret’s Hope Chest is a truely inspirational charity. I am completely moved by their story and am so very humbled by the fact that Carin and Carol gave their first quilt to the mother of the convicted. It shows true integrity and basic good human nature. I think you be a very strong person to do what these ladies have done.

Comment from NATALIA
Time: October 9, 2009, 5:07 am

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I like so much your blog!! a lot of ideas for my imagination.
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Comment from Erin
Time: October 12, 2009, 1:02 am

Wow, what an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing it!

Comment from Bobby
Time: October 12, 2009, 5:22 am

Just wanted to say that I’m getting a group of people together to try and make a quilt! TRY, that is!

Comment from Laurie
Time: October 12, 2009, 10:16 am

Thank you for sharing this beautiful and inspiring story! As soon as I get my sewing machine back from the fix-it shop, I’ll make my first an attempt at a quilt top!

Pingback from technical difficulties
Time: January 27, 2010, 1:56 am

[...] over at Margaret’s Hope Chest did an interview with the folks at CraftSanity. Check it out here. There is a great mention about our project [...]

Pingback from pumpkin and the cowboy
Time: February 5, 2010, 3:54 pm

[...] my run this morning I randomly picked a Craft Sanity podcast and was lucky enough to hear this hope-filled story about a family’s triumph for others through their own tragic loss. The story is all about [...]

Comment from Double curtain rod
Time: April 22, 2010, 5:26 am

I think you be a very strong person to do what these ladies have done.

Comment from Glass bottle cutter
Time: April 29, 2010, 5:56 am

Wow, what an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing this.

Comment from Sweet 16 decorations
Time: May 8, 2010, 3:15 pm

It definitely is his shield, I took my bro to see the Iron Man movie for the first time and made sure to look for it. When I first saw the low-res image I thought it was just some blue rendering.

Comment from Sugar gliders for sale
Time: May 19, 2010, 4:59 pm

I enjoyed reading about this. I did read this blog and it was very interesting. I liked the second part the most.

Comment from Ice tea maker
Time: May 26, 2010, 4:54 pm

Thank you for sharing this beautiful and inspiring story of Margaret! An article very well written. I agree with what your writing.

Comment from Flat bottom boats
Time: May 28, 2010, 11:31 am

I’ll make my first an attempt at a quilt top!Thanks for sharing it!

Comment from Car sun visors
Time: May 30, 2010, 2:33 pm

Thanks for sharing this beautiful and inspiring story! As soon as I get my sewing machine back from the Fix-It Shop, I’ll make my first attempt at a top blanket! Car sun visors

Comment from Car sun visors
Time: May 30, 2010, 2:34 pm

Thanks for sharing this beautiful and inspiring story! I think you be a very strong person to do what these ladies have done. As soon as I get my sewing machine back from the Fix-It Shop, I’ll make my first attempt at a top blanket! Car sun visors

Comment from Tommy Hilfiger store
Time: June 28, 2010, 9:01 am

wonderful story!

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