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one HUGE $12,000 thank-you…

November 30, 2010

 Do you ever wonder what happens to the hundreds of quilts that we own?  Well, most of them are neatly folded up in our homes.  However, just over a year ago, Cori and I decided to donate one of our favorite quilts to a very worthy organization.  We donated the cover quilt from our Blessed Home book.  Yep, we did the unimaginable – we gave away one of our best.  We did it, because we knew that we still had so many other quilts, and we gave it because we felt God had so richly blessed us, that we needed to pass along that blessing to others. 

We entrusted our quilt to Marlys Wiens, a fellow MCCer, and friend.  We knew that Marlys would know how to use the quilt to raise money for the Mennonite Central Committee, which is a world relief organization.  My family has been involved with this organization for most of my life, and we have seen first hand the great work that volunteers have done all over the world.  Marlys has been instrumental in raising money through quilt auctions, and other quilting events, to support the volunteers who give their time.

Marlys spent a lot of time, sending the quilt from one MCC event to another, where it raised money along the way.  The final destination for the quilt, was the MCC Relief Auction in Minneapolis this November.  Two weeks ago, the quilt was sold, and it is now at it’s final home.  During this journey, the quilt raised over $12,000!  So I have a huge, HUGE, THANK-YOU to Marlys for taking on this project, and for raising money for a great organization. 

There are great MCC quilt auctions all over the US, so if you would like to participate or attend one of these great auctions, please visit to find out more.  ( I still have a lot of great memories of the auction that is held in Harrisburg, PA every April.  When I was 10 years old, I would roller skate through the auction, going from the quilt sale, to the strawberry short cake stand, and back again.  So if you were there in the early 80’s, the little girl whipping past you with ponytails and roller skates was me.)

and THANK-YOU to everyone who played a part along the way.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. Marlys Wiens permalink
    November 30, 2010 2:12 pm

    You girls are awesome!

    Thank you for making a difference in the world and as the children in Kulkutta, India, told me once, “thank you from each one of us! With out the out pouring of love from North America, we would not have.”

  2. Karen Greaves permalink*
    November 30, 2010 7:42 pm

    What a great story! You inspire in more ways than you can imagine.

  3. December 1, 2010 11:10 pm

    What a great story. We keep getting reminded that a quilt isn’t just a quilt

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