Wish Upon a Card
Last week we did one of my most favorite things – we went through all the donated postcards to select the ones for framing. There were so many great ones, that it was really hard to pick. The Quilters Affair instructors have been really creative this year and you’re just gonna love the exhibit! This project has wings because Myrna Dow of High Desert Gallery, our framer extraordinaire, has donated her time and passion to the project. I asked her to write about what Wish Upon a Card means to her. In her own words……
“Wish Upon a Card began 4 years ago. The first year I watched the project take off and the quilters produced wonderful small format works of quilt art. The frames were of “ready made” quality and it was a good beginning. With my love of picture framing the postcards cried out to my artistic nature and I knew together we could make fabulous framed quilted treasures. Little did I know how important it would be for my personal life to be involved with Wendy’s Wish. During this time my father was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and passed away. Cancer had touched my life and it hurt. Now it became something more than an artistic endeavor, it became a passion to do my best to feature the postcards and raise as much money to aid people who were fighting cancer. I had seen first hand all of the struggles and felt the heartache. The second year around 70 framed postcards were auctioned and approximately $12,000 was raised for Wendy’s Wish. That year my mom who was a quilter came to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We celebrated the success of the auctioned framed cards and knew how much it would help families stricken by cancer. Last year the quilters created wonderful postcards and we went to town again and framed 80. There was a lot of excitement and many of teacher cards were snatched up for record amounts. During this time my mother was fighting cancer. I have asked myself repeatedly how could this happen. Cancer is one of the most horrible diseases and it touches all of our lives. I feel honored to be able to use my talents to help make someones life a little less difficult. My mom died the following October. This year we will all pull together again and create fabulous treasures that will be auctioned during the 35th anniversary of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. There is still time to submit postcards to this years event. We will jury around 80 cards and they will be framed and available to bid on during the quilt show and the remainder will be sold unframed. We hope to present Wendy’s Wish with large check that will allow them to continue to help many, many people who work so hard everyday to battle cancer.”
Thanks to Myrna and everyone who contributes to ANY fundraiser, because it touches their heart. Please continue to send us postcards – its Myrna’s passion and your participation that makes this such a worthwhile event.
We’re heading to Hawaii for a week – sans corgis. Gotta go take ’em to THEIR vacation homes.
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