An Artist with a Needle and Thread…

Fifteen years ago, a tiny Haitian baby and her adoptive mom came to stay at GLA while her adoption was finished.  They came from another orphanage, but due to special circumstances they stayed with us for the last weeks of the adoption.

Today, this baby is 15 years old!  Hannah lives in Ontario, Canada with her family.  Back when Nina, her mom, and Hannah was living at GLA, they were the only ones here!  That friendship that was formed during their stay runs strong still today.

We had a small wood dining room table next to the kitchen and there would be 5 of us at the table for meals.  I think back to those days and am amazed at how much GLA has grown!

The world is a diverse and wonderful place.  Some people are gifted mechanics. Others are computer wizards.  Some might be more intellectual and others are gifted artists. 

Hannah is a wonderful artist who is artistic with a Needle and Thread.  Nina, her mom, sent me these photos today and I wanted to share them with you because they are so beautiful!  Can you believe a 15 year old young woman designed and sewed these things herself?  Maybe someday she will come to Haiti and give sewing classes in quilting! 

Hannah's quilt 2012


Hannah made this quilt for her grandmother’s 92nd Birthday!  She started when she was 14 and finished it when she was 15.

I would give anything to have the patience and fine motors skills required to do those teeny tiny stitches.



hannah in dress she made 


Hannah made this outfit when she was just 13 years old.

Truly, this is a gift from God to be able to sew like this!  So many people here in Haiti have an artistic eye.  Hannah, you are very fortunate and hopefully, you will make a very good living making things like this and never have to leave your home!





I remember trying to sew Easter dresses for Katie and Laurie when they were 4 and 2 years old and it took me forever and they were nothing special!  I decided right away that sewing was NOT for me!

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Joan Brania wrote:
Wow Hannah! I remember seeing you as a baby in Haiti. You've grown into a beautiful and talented young woman. The quilt you made for you Grandmother is amazing!

Mon, July 2, 2012 @ 9:38 PM

2. Nina Blanshard wrote:
Dixie, thank you for writing this. It has meant the world to Hannah! We can't wait until we can ever get back to be there with you and part of all you are doing and cuddle those little ones. We're not giving up hope on that one. Love you lots!!

Thu, June 21, 2012 @ 9:53 PM

3. Tammy wrote:
Such a beautiful and talented young woman! Keep up the excellent work, Hannah!

Thu, June 21, 2012 @ 4:06 PM

4. anne souville wrote:
she's an artist in sewing and also music it seems she's also palying violin and she seems so beautiful, so full of life and kindness congratulations to her and her family Dixie, how proud you must be to allow such people to met and grow thanks again anne (Mother of Manuella i'll soon send you a picture of the dress ive made for Manuella in carnaval

Wed, June 27, 2012 @ 9:20 AM

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