TQG 2016 Quilt Fiesta!

TQG 2016 Quilt Fiesta – A Wonderful Event!

The 38th Tucson Quilt Fiesta was held on February 19-21, 2016. The Tucson Quilters Guild has been very supportive of Quilt For a Cause and has provided a booth at their show for many years. We enjoyed visiting with our guests and sold over $2000 worth of patterns. Two new patterns were introduced at the show, Arizona Sunset by Karen Kelter and Bunny Bag by Mary Wetmore. We also were able to display eight of the beautiful quilts that have been donated for the 2016 Auction. We are honored to be the recipient of the proceeds from the 2016 Small Quilt Auction. This is the fifth annual TQG Small Quilt Auction and the second time we have been the beneficiary. Seventy-six bags, quilts, and pillow covers were made and donated by 35 guild members. Initial reports indicate that over $2000 was raised.


This unique ribbon, the first Dorothy Lee Memorial Award for Best Asian Inspired Quilt, was awarded to Janet Pugh for her 2016 Tucson Quilt Fiesta entry, entitled “Waiting.” Congratulations, Janet, on your beautiful and elegant quilt!
The ribbon was designed by Fone Chan of the Pacific Rim Bee. Representatives from the Bee, the Quilt Show Committee and Quilt For a Cause selected Janet’s entry as the first recipient of this award, which was created in memory of Dorothy Lee, a longtime member and significant contributor to all three organizations.


Friendship is one of life’s most precious gifts, and this quilt was named “Priceless” in memory of Dorothy Lee, a founding member of Quilt For a Cause, Inc. The Chinese Coin theme was chosen because Dorothy was a prolific quilter who shared her quilts as well as her good fortune where needed, and she did love her trips to Las Vegas! The quilt was designed by Evelyn George and made by the QFaC board members from Dorothy’s fabric stash; the beautiful quilting was done by Saw-Peng Laracuente. This quilt and several others also made by Dorothy’s friends from her extensive collection of Asian fabrics are available (or will be very soon!) for purchase on our website.


Board Members Ann, Adams, Evelyn George, and Terry Gallegos with Priceless, the first place ribbon, a close up of Priceless and the card displayed at the show,

and last but not least,   Sue Irving says

Well looky here….I did it!! 1st Place at the Tucson Quilters Guild Show. For Quilt for a Cause (which raises money for breast & gynecological cancer research), I had offered to quilt and finish any vintage quilt tops that people wanted to donate, to be included in the auction which is coming up in October. Pat Curtis (who I did not meet until today), the woman who pieced and appliquéd the top did it as a “hand sewing experiment”, it had been sitting around for years, she knew she would never quilt it, so she donated it to Quilt for a Cause. And when I say “hand sewing” I mean every stitch was with a needle and thread, no machine. Somewhere along the way when I was quilting it on my longarm (my 12 foot quilting machine) I decided to enter it in the show to help promote the quilt auction…..I was hoping to get an Honorable Mention to increase the value for the auction….but 1st Place!!! Now that is something!!! Pat Curtis, pictured below with me, is still in shock. I made sure she got rock star treatment when she joined me this morning for the Meet & Greet the Quilters at the show. The quilt is available at the BUY ME NOW price of $3,300…..or will be at the auction in October if not sold ahead of time.

Thanks so much to Sue for all the quilting she has done on the donated “vintage” quilts, Sue is really terrific. Thanks also to Pat Curtis and the others who have donated the tops.


Sue Irving with Petals and Plumes, Sue examining the first place winner, Pat Curtis and Sue, some of the fine detail in the quilt.

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