I'm putting a dozen quilts up for auction, to be exact, to benefit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
. I've never sold my quilts myself before. I've donated a few, very few, to auctions and fundraisers that are deeply meaningful to me, but I've never sold them myself for the purpose of raising money for charity, until now.
This Sunday, September 7, kicking off at 7pm, you'll be able to bid on eBay
for these 12 quilts.
If you're new to the blog or Jaybird Quilts, something you may not know is that I have a young and mighty nephew who's winning his battle with leukemia. Elijah was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010
and he finished his treatments just last month. He's starting second grade and doing great. There are some great organizations out there that did a lot for Elijah and his family while he was in treatment for the past 3+ years, and Alex's is one of them.
You'll be able to bid on my Carnival
pattern cover quilt.
Now that Elijah is on the path to wellness, I decided the time was right to put some quilts out in the world and raise money for a good cause. I was inspired by a poem Colleen shared during Quilter's Affair
Listen. By Colleen Blackwood
Your quilt has a voice; it carries a story for those meant to hear.
More than technical skill and time of origination that archeologists will admire,
Our quilts take us in fabric folds and stitches to destinations beyond imagination.
Whose quilt is this?
The soul who's shoulders wear its' warmth,
The sewer who put pieces together to fulfill the need of creating with purpose?
Quilts can belong to both.
They can make a difference:
On a cold night
On a lonely afternoon
When someone needs a hand
When we need to help another.
Quilts can have a say:
I love you
You are not alone
I am your grandmother
All is not lost
The sewing room closed and gone dark,
These quilts will light our way for others to know who they missed
"I colored within the lines, I ran with scissors, I like intricate designs, I like patterns that repeat themselves"
"I made quilts with love and gave them away"
We give ourselves away, so others may know of our courage, kindness and generosity.
My Dance Floor
pattern cover quilt, one of the first three patterns I published for sale in quilt shops.
This is Dot Dot Dash, also from Skip the Borders.
Floating Triangles is from Skip the Borders.
The largest quilt up for auction is Holiday Ribbons. She's a full sized quilt and was featured in the November/December 2010 issue of McCall's Quilting
This is Quarter Log Cabin and it's the oldest quilt in the auction. I started her in October 2009 and she was featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Fon's & Porter
And the final Skip the Borders quilt included in the auction is Square City. Can you guess what the working title of my book was? (Hint: keep scrolling to see the label)
This version of Teacups has a cool binding flange
I love her scrappy backing
and framed quilt label
And last, but certainly not least!, is Chopsticks
Every quilt will be listed on eBay
with a detailed description, including size and fabric collection info, plus additional photos. Each quilt will also ship with:
Certificate of Authenticity created and signed by me
Quilt washing and care instructions
A copy of the quilt pattern it is featured on, or my Skip the Borders book, signed by me
Thanks so much to our friends at Soak Wash for supplying us with the cutest travel size (airplane friendly!) bottles of Scentless Soak!
The auction starts at 7pm EDT Sunday, September 7 and runs for 5 days, ending on
Thursday the 11th at 7pm EDT. UPDATE: The auction ends FRIDAY the 12th at 7pm EDT. One extra day to bid!
It's a unique collection on offer of loved and published designs. They are all quilts that I designed and pieced. A few I quilted myself, some I sent out to be quilted by others. They are all made with love and are meant to be loved some more in good, caring homes.
Which quilt do you hope to bid on? Or have you ever put your quilts out into the world, through auction, gift or otherwise? Tell us in the comments.
© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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