Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Travel Diary #1 - Mekong Quilts

As I've previously bragged about mentioned Mr C and I have recently returned from our month-long honeymoon traveling through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  It was truly amazing and we loved every crazy second.

Of course, inbetween the touring, adventuring, relaxing and, yes, eating, I did manage to squeeze in a few crafty activities, including some oohing and ahhing at some gorgeous quilts.

Mekong Quilts heart quilt close up


These beauties, and many others, were for sale in Mekong Quilts, Hanoi.  This not-for-profit organisation offers employment to village women throughout Vietnam and Cambodia - providing training, a fair wage and a safe environment to work.


Mekong Quilts shop display

It is a fantastic initiative, with 15 groups employed through out the region to stock the seven Mekong Quilts shops.  The profits from sales are also re-invested back into the communities, with things like school scholarships for children and agricultural training.  Win-win-win!

Mekong Quilts jungle baby boy quilt

Mekong Quilts bedroom display

I, of course, had to buy something and with a new little boy on his way I couldn't resist this gorgeous tiger cushion / pillow / beanbag cover.

Mekong Quilts tiger cushion cover

The hand stitching is just fabulous.


Since I've been home I've also whipped up a simple and not-so-attractive insert to fill the cover.  This will serve two purposes - (1) it provide a level of safety so all those little beans stay enclosed and (2) it makes washing a breeze.

Insert for Mekong Quilts cushion cover

The cushion is now all soft and squishy and ready to meet Mr P.  I hope he likes it!

For more information on Mekong Quilts, check out their informative website.  You'll find lots of interesting tidbits and even videos.  A catalogue is also available for download so be sure to check out the amazing works and even consider supporting this worthwhile cause.  You'll be glad you did!



  1. what a great find and wonderful establishment! i love seeing programs that help people help themselves. and you got a cute tiger cushion to boot. =) win-win-win.

  2. Fabulous quilts Erin, sounds like a very worthwhile cause. The tiger cushion is adorable and will now stand up to lots of loving with your insert :)

  3. That is gorgeous stitching...oh the patience they must have!

  4. That sounds like a great cause and the quilts look amazing. I love your tiger!

  5. What a great idea, love the quilting on that grey one, and the tiger is so cute!