March 25, 2010 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

The presenter at our guild last night was Alma de la Melena Cox (check out her website).  She combines fabric, wood and polymer finish to make the most fabulous art.  She calls it Telemadera Fusion, she’s got a new book out and she’s teaching at the Stitchin’ Post and during Quilters Affair this year.  I just love her work and even am lucky enough to own one of her pieces.  She’ll be in the Fiber Arts Stroll in July displaying her work.

Since we’re pushing hard for fabric postcards for the Wish Project, I thought you might find it interesting to hear from some of the key players.   Al Huntley is the husband of the late Wendy for whom the foundation, Wendy’s Wish was named. Al shares these reflections on the project….

When Ann Richardson, Executive Director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, first presented the concept of raising funds for Wendy’s Wish foundation by selling fabric postcards, my reaction was that Wendy would have loved the idea. I silently wondered if the time spent creating and selling the cards would be worth the effort.  If we didn’t try we wouldn’t know. So the Wendy’s Wish Committee jumped in, taking and giving classes on how to make the cards, and enlisting a network of quilters to make them. Many were friends who had quilted with Wendy.  The fabric postcards, I discovered, were works of art. Many were selected to be custom-framed and sold at silent auctions that turned out to be highly competitive. I managed to out-bid two determined women and purchased a very beautiful framed card.

The “Wish Upon a Card” project has been successful beyond my wildest imagination. Wendy’s Wish became endowed with the St. Charles Foundation within two years of its founding. More importantly, this past year we were able to commit $5000 to help about 50 cancer patients with their non-medical needs.  These needs included prescriptions not covered by insurance and gas cards so they could travel to and from their treatments. For one terminal patient, we helped pay property taxes so his wife could continue living in their home after he passed away. This year we have doubled our budget and committed $10,000.

The success of the “Wish Upon a Card” project has been due largely to the following: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, High Desert Gallery, Sisters Art Works, Ann Richardson, Myrna Dow, Kathy Deggendorfer, thousands of card makers, the Wendy’s Wish committee and many dedicated volunteers. Wendy would be very proud and appreciative of all our efforts.  And I know many cancer patients have been and will be blessed by our work.

Cancer is a life-changing struggle for a family, but by working together we can make their journey less stressful.

Thanks,  Al

I’ll have something from Myrna Dow and a couple of cancer patients helped by the project in a future blog.

Enough – gotta go feed the corgis!  Have a great day.

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