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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Festival of Sharing

Each year in October the Methodist church sponsor's a Festival of Sharing. People of faith from different denominations from all over the state gather at the Missouri State Fairgrounds and bring money that has been raised, kits that have been assembled and quilts that have been made during the year. Kits will be loaded on trucks for distribution throughout the world. Volunteers help to sack rice, beans and potatoes for distribution to Missouri agencies. It is a great day of sharing and the 28th year for the festival. The Festival generates approximately $1 million annually.

The quilters in the state spend the year making quilts to contribute to the live quilt auction that will take place on October 16 during the Festival. The quilts travel the state in one day quilt shows so that people from different areas can see the quilts and hopefully bid on the one they want during the auction. This year our church and a neighboring church will be hosting a quilt show and luncheon on September 18. All the proceeds will also be donated to the Festival. I was asked to make a miniature quilt for one of the door prizes for this year's show. I decided on a little wall hanging. Using the Comfort of Psalms fabric I made Psalm 119 Patchwork. The homespun patchwork, vintage tatting and buttons on a woven silk measures 10 x 13 inches. I let raw edges show for a casual look. My thought for today---Make a quilt and give it away---Happy Quilting!

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