Friday, April 9, 2010
This is the big weekend for the West Coast Mennonite Central Committee sale. It is always one of my favorite weekends of the year. It's like a triple play: connecting with friends you haven't seen, well, since last year at the MCC sale, fabulous food (and by that I mean Weight Watchers can wait until Monday...), and quilts. Ah, the quilts. I heard there are 250 up for auction this year.
I usually make a donation quilt every other year. Maybe you remember the quilt without a name, the so-called 3460. The actual name of the pattern is A New Beginning. But that didn't seem to fit. Mark's cousin, Ione, did an amazing job of quilting it. So without further adieu, may I present California Garden:
And being nervous the second day? When the time comes when your quilt is the one being auctioned off, so many thoughts run through your head. Will anyone like it enough to spend money on it? Will at least two people like it enough to get into a bidding war? Will it go for enough to at least cover my expenses? (Not that I get any of the money because it all goes to Third World relief efforts, but you kinda hope that it at least goes for the amount of money you have put into it, not even to mention all the time..)
And will I find a quilt that I simply must have? Even though I have piles of quilts at home and don't really need to buy one, but then all the money goes to such a good cause and it's a tax donation, etc. Well, you get the picture...
Tonight the auction will mostly consist of antiques. A few years ago we came home with this, which is now in my quilting room. And yes, those are baskets of fabric underneath each chair.