Monday, September 14, 2015

Scrapping for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis

Last year I was asked to participate in an auction that benefits Cystic Fibrosis.  The organization I worked with is called Scrapping for a Cure.  It was started and is still run by Rachael McGuire and her family.  Rachel is the mother of Kaitlyn; a pretty fabulous 9 yr-old diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 18 months old.  Rachel and her sisters have been hosting a scrapbook retreat ever year since 2010.  I made a quilt last year for the auction and helped to raise almost $2000  over $8,600 (Edit: the $2,000 was from a different and singe event - garage sale- they hosted this year that will go towards the 2016 donation); the most they have risen since they began doing the auction. 
I learned about this cause and event through my friend Tara, Kaitlyn’s aunt.  Tara is probably the most creative person I know (and I know a ton of creative people).  She is that person you aspire to be and hate at the same time.  We met scrapbooking about 5years ago and have been friends ever since. 
The scrapbook retreat happens in March, here in Memphis.  Its always filled with fun, prizes, classes, and friends (new and old).  There is usually a pop-up shop or two for those who run out of supplies too.  I have been and have volunteered.  It’s a blast.  I am hoping that this year I will be able to join in the fun again. 

The quilt – The colors for CF are purple and blue, so I stuck with that when planning.

I quilted in a stipple pattern using aurifil 50wt thread in Dark Purple.  The background is Kona cotton Purple and the binding is Konna cotton Mulberry.

we did pick up and recycle that bottle someone left.  ;)

the back is probably my favorite...almost always is

The quilt finished at 72x72

I had more people want to buy this quilt from me than any other quilt I have ever made – so next year I am telling people about the auction before it starts instead of after.  lol

Check out the Scrapping for a Cure Facebook page and website for more information. 

I am hoping that this year will be even bigger and better for them and I have been asked to make another quilt.  I have sent a request out to my quilt guild members for fabric donations and/or block donations for a scrappy star quilt.  The 2016 quilt will be even better than the 2015 I just know it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

-       Katelyn