For three years in a row I taught classes in Ukraine.
The students were so diligent and were like sponges
for the information I had to give them. The best part
was that I was teaching them design ideas and not a
Recently I celebrated my birthday and two of my
Ukranian students, Lena Koroleva and Miri Tsoi
gathered together several of their quilts and took
these wonderful photographs and sent then to me
along with birthday wishes. I remember with joy
each of the classes I taught in Ukraine and it makes
me so proud to see that they have taken the design
ideas and turned them into their own quilts.
It is also wonderful to see that they are passing those
skills on. A few days earlier, Lena also sent me
photographs of students in classes they are teaching.
This was the message she attached with the photos:
“Ukraine is experiencing hard times, but people
rallied around our common disaster, all helping each
other, to help the army and refugees from areas
captured. In occupied by terrorists city of Donetsk
live almost all my relatives (Donetsk is a city in
which I was born and lived for more than 30 years).
I am very worried about them.
Yesterday I and Miri Tsoi organized for refugee
children from the Donetsk region free master classes
With all the strife going on in that country right now
it is great to see that Patchwork is still going on and
brings some measure of joy to the people.