Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mennonite Relief Quilt Auction

Yesterday was the Mennonite Relief Quilt Auction, which I attend every year (to see last year's report, click here). This year I petered out a bit earlier because it was soooo hot in the arena, or maybe because I am getting old?! There were many wonderful quilts for sale and I was sad that I didn't get to see them all, but I just wilted in the hot humid air :(
I did see the log cabin variation quilt sold, for which I donated a block  (see this blog post). My block is half hidden in this photo...on the left column in the middle. This quilt was sold for $650!
I also made a block for the
"Community Garden" quilt.
I don't have a good photo of this quilt, but the first one here shows the bottom right corner where my block is :) 
I can't find a blog post where I wrote about making this block, so maybe I forgot to? 
This is the block that I made for the "Community Garden", for which I drafted the paper piecing pattern, based on a block pattern on Quilter's Cache
My favorite part of the block was the little beaded yoyo's, which I added in the center because there was just too much yellow and open space. 

All of the gorgeous donated blocks were put on pointe, with either a green or a purple fabric on the corners. I thought the yellow piping before the purple border was a great touch. This quilt sold for $600!
Of course, the food is always a highlight for me! I got a big bag few tea balls, and may have also had a piece of strawberry pie.  I discovered a new (to me) treat this year called "Fleisch Piroschki" (pastry meat pockets). I just love trying new things and these were delicious!
The amount raised by the quilt auction was almost $130,000 this year! And one of the things I love about about this quilt auction is that 100% of the money  raised goes directly to world relief efforts. 


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

sounds awesome - the work they do, glad a lot of money was raised.

Janet O. said...

I went to the link--this is quite the event! Gorgeous quilts, too. Good of you to participate.

vtquilter said...

Love the quilt pictures and a great even raising lots of money. Love your purple/yellow and green block.

soscrappy said...

What a beautiful collection of quilts. The thought of all of the collective work that went into both quilts is amazing. It is wonderful that so much money got raised.

SarahVee said...

I miss the auction! I used to go when I lived in Waterloo - and then I even lived in New Hamburg for a bit! Love the strawberry pie. How great you were part of the quilts. Sorry it was too hot to enjoy the whole show. Thanks for the warm memories!