With this year's MCC relief sale behind us, I thought it might be interesting to go back in a time to the first quilt I donated. It was back in 2003, and was quilted by Mark's cousin, Ione.
Amish Shoofly. It was the high seller that year at $3,400.
In 2004, Ione and I collaborated on Stars Over Ohio. It sold for $3,100.
In 2010, we collaborated on California Flower Garden, a quilt that had 3,460 pieces, and sold for $3,700.
Colorbox is the quilt that has brought the most money, $5,900, although it was not the high bid of the year in 2013. I don't usually get emotionally attached to quilts, as I usually know from the start that it will be a donation quilt. But this was a hard one to let go.
Mark and I had an idea to raise even more money. This was pre Instagram, so blogs were quite popular. We decided we would donate $1 for every comment left on my blog, with a chance to win some scraps left over from the Colorbox quilt. Our goal was $500 (we topped out at 503 comments). Our son, Aaron, got creative and left forty (40!) one-word comments, not only adding $40 to the total, but on the chance that Random Number Generator chose one of his comments to win those scraps, he was generously donating those scraps to someone else. In his own (partial) words:
Amish Stars was made with my all-time favorite fabric, Oakshott shot cottons. It sold for $3,500 in 2015.
And that brings us up to date with Embroidery Flower, 2023, $5,500.
Fun fact: Other than Moccasin (which was hung on the back side), all of these quilts have been hung in the front, something that makes me feel humble yet proud at the same time.
Making a quilt and then giving it away is something I have to "psych" myself into. From the beginning, I remind myself that this is not "my" quilt. That usually helps keep me from getting too bonded with it. MCC is a wonderful organization and the work they do is vital to so many people, those who don't have the resources for the things we take for granted on a daily basis--food, clean water, a comfortable place to live. Sitting in my sewing room, a place that is comfortable and creative, with music, audible books, good lighting, snacks when I want them...things I take for granted way too often, making something beautiful with colorful fabric...the time and the money seems like a small price to pay when the proceeds go to a much greater cause--helping those truly in need.