Today I want to share the past quilts that have been made by me and quilted by Mark's cousin, Ione. We partner every other year to make a quilt.
This sale is held every year (there are several similar sales held through the United States and Canada) to help fund Mennonite Central Committee, whose mission is to spread relief, development and peace in the name of Christ. It is an incredibly well-respected charitable organization. In fact, nearly 90 percent of all money donated goes to the work of MCC.
Where is this work carried out? In the words of the West Coast director, Sheri Wiedenhoefer, "All those places you wouldn't want to go for vacation? Those are the places where MCC is present."
MCC has an ongoing presence in many, many countries, and is always one of the first responders whenever there is a disaster happening anywhere in the world.
Where we work
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The first quilt collaboration was this Shoofly quilt (84x96). Ione had made at least one of these before, I fell in love with it, asked if she would consider quilting it if I made one for donation. She did a beautiful job, and the variegated thread really popped against the black. This quilt sold for the highest amount that year (2003): $3,400!
Oakshott. I can't say enough about Michael Oakshott, who gave me a very generous discount on the fabric after I told him a little about MCC and its work around the world. He took my word for the plans for this quilt totally on faith, even though I told him it would be two years before it would be auctioned off. Thank you, Michael!
I'll post a bit more about Amish Stars on Friday. Tomorrow you won't want to miss seeing the quilt that Christa made, along with help from one of her friends.
If you are wondering about the little quilt named Mabel, here she is so far. The name doesn't make sense to anyone other than me at this point, but it will all be revealed soon. Promise.
Since she is obviously a work in progress (only the top two rows are sewn together at this point), I'm linking up to Lee at WIP Wednesday and with Lorna at Let's Bee Social.