Charity auction puts finishing touch on QuiltFest

October 8, 2011 by

Sister Rosemary Foreman, right, and Nancy Welsh, both of Topeka, consult before bidding on the "Oopsie Daisy" quilt behind them.

Bidders anted up more than $6,400 to take home 20 quilted pieces and support the Neighbor to Neighbor center as the KS 150 QuiltFest ended Saturday evening.

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The evening at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church began with a dinner for about 70 people, followed by an auction of pieces that ranged from a Northcott Flower of the Month tabletopper and a Baby Cat child’s quilt to king-size and antique quilts in an array of designs and colors. The featured item of the evening was a Harley-Davidson quilt made and donated by Sister Betty Suther.

The highest price of the evening was $825 for a queen-sized quilt named “Oopsie Daisy,” which was made and donated by Beverly Olson and quilted by Ann Houtchen. The first item auctioned garnered the second highest price — $700 for a queen-size quilt named “The Lady DeWinter,” which was made and donated Gerry Pounds of Glasco, who had come up with the idea for the entire two-day QuiltFest.

Pounds wanted to do something to benefit the Neighbor to Neighbor center, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph that opened in downtown Concordia in May 2010.  More than a year ago, she began bringing together people who would eventually become a planning committee for the two-day exhibit of more than 210 quilts, plus a Friday evening social for quilters and the Saturday dinner and auction.

Quilters who donated a piece to the auction were asked to give at least a portion of the proceeds to Neighbor to Neighbor, and proceeds from all the other events will also go to the women’s center in downtown Concordia.

Tammy Britt of the Cloud County Tourism and Convention office, who was part of the organizing committee, said that an estimate of the amount to be donated to Neighbor to Neighbor should be available by Monday.

For earlier reports that include slideshows of other QuiltFest events, click on the links below:

Setting up the exhibits

Friday’s evening “quilters’ social”

Exhibits all day Saturday

For a special slideshow featuring samples from the exhibits, CLICK HERE.

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