Pitcairn Islands Study Center, 1 Angwin Ave., Angwin,
California USA Herbert Ford - firstname.lastname@example.org - 707-965-6625 - 707-965-2047
Note: Nadine Christian may be contacted at email@example.com
for a picture of her with the quilt, or for additional information.
WOMAN SEWS 'BOUNTY SAGA' QUILT TO PAY COST OF TRANSPORTATION TO HOSPITAL
PITCAIRN ISLAND, South Pacific Ocean, July 21 ------- What do you do if you live
on what is arguably the world's most remote island if you are broke, and you need
money to transport yourself and your children thousands of miles across the seas
to hospital in New Zealand for medical care?
If your name is Nadine Christian,
you sit down and start quilting, with the thought in mind that you might be able
to sell your quilt on the Internet to at least help pay part of the cost.
you know it can't be just any ordinary quilt; you've got to create a truly one-of-a-kind
bed cover, something that will command heavy bidding on eBay with a resulting
bid price that is as high as possible.
And that's just Mrs. Christian has
done. Through countless hours of planning and stitchery - and with the help of
other Pitcairn islanders - she has created a quilt the likes of which may never
be seen again.
Bidding on Mrs. Christian's Bounty-theme quilt will start
on eBay on August 1.
It depicts the 1780's travels of the ship H.M.S. Bounty
from England to Tahiti, and then to Pitcairn Island. The famed "Mutiny on
the Bounty" is also depicted on the quilt.
Hidden away in the quilt,
Mrs. Christian has intricately stitched the names of each of the Bounty's 45 crew
members. Some of the cloth used has been hand-dyed from Pitcairn's Doodwi nuts
by Pitcairner Meralda Warren who is now in hospital in New Zealand herself. The
stitched Bounty and longboat concepts in the quilt were first drawn by Pawl Warren,
another Pitcairn islander.
And the quilt has been signed on its reverse
side by every member of the Pitcairn Island community - from eldest to youngest
- many of them descendants of the Bounty mutineers.
As a one-of-a-kind history-oriented
piece of native South Pacific craft, the quilt is expected to draw high bids from
"My hope is that the proceeds will take the children and
me across many of those thousands of miles to medical care in New Zealand,"
said Mrs. Christian.
Pitcairn Islands Study Center, 1 Angwin
Ave., Angwin, CA, USA. Herbert Ford, 707-965-6625, 707-965-2047, Fax: 707-965-6504,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: http://library.puc.edu/pitcairn