Last fall, quilt shops all around the U.S. participated in a Quilt Pink event, aimed at creating quilts to auction and raise funds for breast cancer research. I had a lot of fun spending a couple of hours at The Glass Thimble, a local sewing machine dealer. working on a spectacular Lone Star quilt in many shades of pink.
Turns out that nearly 4,000 quilts resulted from quilters' efforts across the country on that day, and this week you can start to get a glimpse of those quilts on eBay. There'll be a new batch of them up for auction every week for the next six months, with all proceeds going to Susan G. Komen Foundation.
I'm frankly not a big fan of the rush of pink-ribbon retail items that have hit the market in recent years. They may send a few dollars to the breast cancer cause, but to me, most of them just seem to smack of commercialism more than philanthropy.
But Quilt Pink is a project I really liked. Through individuals volunteering just a little bit of time, 4,000 quilts are ready to be sold at a price starting at $150. Chances are good that most, if not all, will sell -- which means at least $600,000 will go toward breast cancer research. A significant result -- and I'm looking forward to participating again next year.