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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!