Friday, September 16, 2005

Quilting for Charity

Here in Medford Lakes, we’re quite proud of our school system. Our students usually excel and we have wonderful teachers. However, due to budgetary constraints, like in most districts, we can’t provide everything that we would like to. So, several years ago, some brilliant people in our district organized our Medford Lakes Educational Foundation. Their goal was to provide the extras that didn’t fit into the regular school budget. One thing they did was raise money for a distance learning lab in the school. They also provide annual grants for teachers to provide something special in the classroom. One grant which is applied for by our 3rd grade teachers allows the children to raise butterflies in the classroom.

The MLEF’s major fundraiser each year is a Casino Night, during which they have a silent auction. Last year I donated a flannel yellow brick road quilt to them and it raised $350! I was quite pleased. This year I’m donating a Christmas Quilt. I got the pattern from a mystery quilt website somewhere on yahoo, but I don’t remember where. I love how the quilt turned out, but unfortunately I can’t attend this year and bid on it! I hope it raises a lot of money and goes to a good home. Here is the Christmas quilt….

And here is a picture of one of the blocks…

It’s been so ridiculously hot and humid here that it’s nice to be working on a Christmas project! I’m very ready for fall to arrive, it’s my favorite season of the year. And now it’s time for me to leave Starbucks, where I’ve been sitting, writing this while my house is being shown yet again. Keep your fingers crossed that THESE are the buyers!

happy quilting,


JudyL said...

Carolyn: The quilt is gorgeous! I hope those are the buyers for your house too! Good luck!!

Judy L.

Bonnie said...

I love that star block!! It's a wowser setting too, good job!


Sharon said...

Ditto on everyone else's comments, but most of all I WANT that pattern! I love this quilt, and you did a wonderful job with the colors!

Tracey said...

What a cool quilt, and what a great thing to do for your school district! You've done a fabulous job on it! Love it! :o)

Carolyn said...

Thank you for all of your kind words about the quilt. The woman in charge of silent auctions loved it too. I hope it raises a lot of's a great cause. I'll poke around and see if I can find the website that it came from.

Finn said...

Hi Carolyn, your christmas quilt is awesome. Some lucky person sure is getting a treasure. And how wonderful to be able to help the school in the way you do.

I read your above description about the flooding..and I have no way to imagine how awful that was to be part of. But a great community effort to off set it. We really are pretty amazing here in America when we need to be. Glad to be home, thanks for missing me..*VBS*