When I got an email from fellow ‘rainbow child’ and designer/maker Kara Collier Ibañez, I knew I was in for a treat. She makes brightly colored quilts, bibs and burp cloths and 10% of sales from each quilt, bib and burp cloth go toward creating the same for an orphaned or displaced child.
Her ultimate goal is to create a one-for-one quilt company inspired by Tom’s One-For-One Shoe Campaign. I love this idea because as a child, the blankets made for me by my grandmothers were my absolute favorites–the thought of orphaned and displaced children getting blankets handmade with love–it’s almost like an aunt or a grandmother made these items for them–it’s truly special.
I like to help people reach their dreams, especially when I think they’ve got a great idea with an altruistic and artistic bend, so I happily agreed to do what I can to help spread the word about Quilts by Kara*Mia. Once my quilt and bib and burp cloth arrived in the mail, I was even happier. Each item screams “junaglow” baby — and Kara thoughtfully incorporated so many details that I love: Ikat patterns, Frida Kahlo, shibori and geometric-style prints, oh my–and even sewed Ida’s name in to the quilt. Perfectly crafted and soft as can be, my little Ida is pretty stoked.
And, to make matters even *cuter,* Kara’s mother, Roberta Collier Morales included the framed “my little boomba” calligraphy piece, which will be a sweet memory of my pregnancy for years to come.
Many Thanks to go out to Kara and Roberta! My little Boomba will cherish her Quilt by Kara Mia!
‘Ida with Mask’ and ‘My Little Boomba’ photos by Jen Lauren Grant, all other photos by J. Blakeney