Despite all the wet weather I have managed to get my vegetable garden planted (well mostly planted- the tomatoes and cukes aren't in yet).
|Northern Lights, 103" x 101" by Mrs. Lloyd Kuepfer, for this year's auction|
|In Good Company IV , 100" x 102" by Pix Martin, for this year's auction.|
The big event during the festival is on the weekend - the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale and Quilt Auction. It is a huge event, raising over $300,000.00 annually for the last 25 years. This year was the 50th year and although I could not stay for it, I did get to see a "preview." In the St. Jacob's Mennonite Church there was a display of some quilts destined for this year's auction as well as a number of quilts purchased at previous auctions. All the quilts shown in this post are from that exhibit. A few of the quilts from past auctions had interesting stories and I have included them for your reading pleasure...
|Flowers for Lois, purchased in 2004 for $6,100.|
|Black and White and Teal All Over, purchased in 2013 for $2,000.|
Co-ordinated by Renske Helmuth, the quilt was designed to celebrate friendship and understanding. It was an incredible piece of work and my photos do not do it justice.
At the request of Renske Helmuth. the designer, fabrics from 40 countries were collected and used for the national costumes including bark cloth from Uganda, silk from Bangladesh, damask from Ireland, and caribou hide from Labrador.
You can view all of this year's auction quilts by clicking here.
"Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present." ~ Albert Camus