Making Quilts for Quilt For a Cause
Contributed by Terry Gallegos
QFaC held the first auction in 2003 at Tucson Medical Center. I remember hearing about it from the quilters that I knew, but I did not get to attend. When the next auction cycle was announced, I convinced my quilting friends that we should make a quilt for Quilt For a Cause. At that point in time, I had never made a quilt, well had never finished a quilt, but my friends would be there to make it happen.
Marsha, Marge and I got together and selected a pattern for the quilt we would make. We chose Hummingbird Heaven by Brenda Groelz. We all brought fabric for the quilt when we met the next time to design it. Because it was a paper pieced pattern, we divided up the sections of the quilt and each took the pattern and fabric to work on. I wanted to include my friend Susan, who lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan so I sent her the pattern and fabric and the due date. Once each section was complete, we met to put it together. It took a long afternoon, but we got it stitched and then admired our work. It looked just like the photo in the book! Marsha would quilt the top and I attached the binding and sleeve. We donated the quilt and waited for the auction. Marsha, Marge and I volunteered to hang the quilts for the auction and we helped with takedown after the Silent Auction in 2006. We were thrilled with the knowledge that our quilt was sold!
Well, that was such a thrill that we decided to do it again. This time, Marge and I selected a hand applique pattern called Hollyhocks & Hummers by Nancy Murty. We selected fabrics and planned how to divide the work between us. I know that quilt top travelled to several states as I worked on my flowers and leaves. I added the borders and Marge beautifully quilted it. We donated it to Quilt For a Cause for the 2009 auction and we helped hang the quilts and worked the Silent and Live Auctions. Again, we were thrilled when this quilt was on the cover of the September 2009 newsletter for St. Elizabeth and when it sold just before the Live Auction for full price, we were so pleased! A visitor to TMC saw it and just had to take it home.
The 2013 Auction had the three of us again planning a quilt to make and donate. This time, Marsha selected the pattern, Pears Still Life, and we shopped for fabrics at the Tucson Quilters Guild Fiesta Show. We liked the pattern so much, we ended up making two versions of it (Oh, Pears and Pears Still Life) and donated each one to Quilt For a Cause. Both were sold during the Silent Auction to generous buyers.
Quilt For a Cause will accept quilts for the next auction until August 1, 2019. If you have the desire to donate a quilt, please get busy making it and have it ready to donate next year. We welcome all new quilts and look forward to your special quilt. The next Quilt For A Cause auction will be in Autumn, 2019. In the meantime, we continue to collect quilts and sell them at various events in southern Arizona and through this website. Quilt For A Cause, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fighting breast and gynecologic cancers through donations to agencies offering services to those experiencing these diseases. Contact any Director to help us in this charitable and necessary work. As always, thank you!
Our current raffle quilt is “Christmas Star.” Tickets are available on this site. Click on Raffle Quilt! in the ribbon at the top of this page. The quilt was pieced by Ann Adams and quilted by Nubin Jensen. Tickets are $2 each or 3/$5. The winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Tucson Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival.
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