Quilt Pink was celebrated Saturday at Common Threads Quilting in downtown Waxahachie, with organizers saying the event was a success again this year.
“We had enough blocks donated from people to make three quilts,” said Shelly Schrome, an employee with the quilt store.
The first quilt completed will be given to the nonprofit organization putting on the third annual Pink Ribbons and Heart Luncheon Dinah Weable breast cancer survivors event. The luncheon is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie. The other two quilts will be given to local walkers in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day event to raise money in the fight against breast cancer.
Quilt Pink Weekend, Sept. 21-23, is a fund-raising event created by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In 2006, more than 1,000 shops across the country held events, with about 100,000 quilters and non-quilters joining the effort.
Saturday morning at Common Threads, Schrome was arranging the blocks into quilt tops, which were to be stitched together later in the day by a team of about five people. Common Threads is providing the backing and sashing and three quilters are donating their time to complete the three full-size quilts.
Schrome encourages people to visit the eBay Web site at ebay.com/quiltpink to bid on quilts donated from across the country since the project began.
“There are about 150 to 200 different quilts put up for bid each week,” she said. “They’re still putting up quilts from the past year’s event.”
Schrome also invites people to stop by and pick up a special edition of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine that is dedicated to Quilt Pink. The issue includes nine special designs as well as numerous photos of quilts put together around the United States. It also includes several of the stories behind the quilts.
“This is something we can do,” Schrome said, noting the shop has been active in several community-oriented activities.
Weable said she appreciated Common Thread’s donation to the cause.
“Our focus is to reach out to this sisterhood,” Weable said of women in Ellis County who have battled or are battling breast cancer. “We want to reach out to those in the midst of treatments and to survivors.”
Dinah was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, which led to a mastectomy followed by a full reconstruction. In 2005, her husband, Ray Weable, helped organize the first luncheon as a way to honor Dinah and let her tell her story. The event is free to the breast cancer survivors attending and any leftover money from the sponsorships will be donated toward women in Ellis County who can’t afford mammograms.
For more information about the luncheon, contact the Weables at (972) 938-3059 or Sherry Dyess at (972) 938-1181.
For more information about the local Quilt Pink event, contact Schrome or Lipscomb at (972) 935-0519. Common Threads Quilting is located at 315 S. Rogers St.
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