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Calling All Quilters

Emily Achondo

In 2017, it is estimated that there will be 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer among women in the United States, according to the Susan G. Komen organization. There will also be an estimated 40,610 breast cancer deaths among U.S women in 2017.

These statistics show only a slice of just how many people in the United States are affected by breast cancer, alone. We all know someone or are someone who has been touched by this disease.

Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers is calling all quilters to take action, inviting you to share your passion, talent and generosity in support of breast cancer treatment.

Throughout 2017, Meissner Sewing will serve as a drop-off location for quilts submitted into this year's Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction.

According to the auction website, “The Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is a community service event to raise funds for Sutter Cancer Center’s breast cancer programs, services and equipment.”

Jeanne Powell, Meissner Instructor, is a two-time breast cancer survivor and the Auction Committee Chair. Powell began her involvement with the auction as a volunteer and took on the role as chair, where she coordinates the event, three years ago, she said.

In order to contribute to the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction, quilters can submit newly-made quilts in good condition of any size, shape or design at a drop-off location. Quilts must be submitted before September 1, 2017. All donations must include a hanging sleeve.

The Auction will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Buhler Specialty Pavilion, located at 2800 L Street in Sacramento. A Silent Auction will also run from Oct. 2 through Nov. 4, 2017.

The quilts, spread among floors 2-7 of the Pavilion, will be hung for viewing on Oct. 1, 2017, Powell said, and they will remain on display and open to bids until the Live Auction in November.

A minimum bid, which is determined by quilt size, will be set for each submission, Powell said.

In total, there are 19 drop-off locations, including the entire Meissner Sewing community in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville and Santa Rosa.

“To me, quilts and quilting is community and involving the community in the project,” Powell said. “Quilters are very generous people.”

The Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is held every three years and has raised more than $650,000 in support of the Sutter Medical Foundation’s breast cancer treatment programs, including breast cancer navigator, patient and caregiver support, pre-treatment conferences, counseling services and various therapy programs, according to the Quilt Auction.

In 2014, 475 quilts were donated to the Auction, Powell said.

“It’s not only what it does for the patients,” Powell said. “But…when they see those quilts go up, what it does for the nurses and the doctors (too). It just brightens up the whole place.”

The Susan G. Komen organization reports that all women are at risk for breast cancer.

And all people, whether or not they are quilters and sewists, can show support for the treatment of this disease.


To make a donation, please click here to download a donation form.

Click here for Quilt Sleeve Instructions.


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