Quilt Challenge at SEW REFRESHING
to benefit Iris JacobsDeb Jacobs' (member of CSQ) 12 year-old daughter, Iris, was diagnosed with a very rare pediatric cancer and has been undergoing treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
You can following Deb's updates about Iris here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/irisjacobs
Three Country School Quilters made quilts for this special event to help the Jacobs family. Pictured below are the quilts made by Carole Boudrot, Terri Cooper and Annie Miksch who met the challenge and put a lot of love into their quilts.
The following was written by Terry Helfrich, shop owner of Sew Refreshing and shared here with her permission:
The Quilt Challenge Voting and
Silent Auction Begins - Get out the Vote!
Iris Jacobs was just a little girl when I first met her. My first memories are of her laughing and cuddling with her younger brother on the couch when I was dropping off a quilt for Debbie, her mom, to long-arm. I don't think I've ever seen Iris without a smile. Many of you who were at Sew Refreshing when it first opened may remember Iris and Debbie helping me in the shop as I was getting the business started.
Now, as Iris and her family are going through such a difficult time, Iris' wonderful smile and spirit are still shining through in the pictures we get to see of her as she fights the fight of her life. She is an inspiration to her family and friends and to the community of quilters she has known since she was a small child.
As Iris battles her cancer with chemo and radiation, there are many who want to provide support. The idea of doing this Quilt Challenge evolved from the desire to help Iris, Deb and the entire family. A customer commented that we should also do a Silent Auction to help raise money so now we have several wonderful quilts entered in the Challenge and many which have been donated for the Silent Auction.
So how can you help? You can be a Quilt Challenge Judge and help choose the winner! The quilt which raises the most money will be the winner, so you can vote for your favorite with either cash or check in our shop, or mail it to us by May 20th. Checks and money orders can be made out to Debbie Jacobs.
We are also holding a Silent Auction for several of the quilts, so you can also help by bidding on your favorite quilts. There is a minimum bid for each quilt and subsequent bids must increase by at least five dollars.
Sew Refreshing is donating all prizes for the Challenge winners and ALL funds raised during this event will go to Iris and her family to help with expenses for hospital stays, care/treatment and travel to Baltimore where her care is being managed.
The quilts are on display on-line at www.sewrefreshing.com and in our shop. Voting and bidding in the shop runs through May 29. Followed by two days, May 30 and 31, where the quilts will be on display in the atrium at the VCU School of Science and Engineering building located at 401 W. Main St. in downtown Richmond, VA. The display can be viewed on Friday, May 30 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Voting and bidding will end promptly at 3:00 pm. Votes will be counted and prizes and quilts will be awarded at a brief reception beginning at 3:30 pm in the atrium of the building.
A special thanks to all who have donated their time and talents to create these beautiful quilts for this special cause:
* Nancy Woodcock
* Annette Lemon
* Carole Boudrot
* Terri Cooper
* Ollie Morton
* Mary Noel
* Darleen Kirkland
* Bettie Greenwood
* Ann Shibut
* Alicia Ketchum
* Annie Miksch
* Dee Tomczak
* Jody Hirschfield
* Harriett Carter
* Mary Michael
Thank you also to Russ Jamison, of VCU, for his help in arranging and supporting the show and reception at VCU in Richmond.
Please enjoy looking at the quilts and please vote early and often. Thank you so much for your help and support. Please let us know if you have any questions.
7225 Bell Creek Rd., Suite 264
Mechanicsville, VA 23111