It appears as though I'm being created as a raffle item for the NALS of Arizona 45th Annual Spring Education Conference & Awards Banquet.
Yes, this is really me, the quilt, giving you a play-by-play on my creation for you, so let me start at the beginning.
"My creator and your NALS of Arizona President Elect, Christine Clayton ("CC") had the brillant idea one day when looking through a quilting book that it would be a wonderful idea to start quilting again. You see, when she was in high school, she helped her mother make three quilts, one for herself and for each of her sisters. It was one of the few times when she was growing up that her and her mom did something together without fighting. She has always enjoyed sewing but could never find the time to do it while she was raising KC and Brianna.
"Last year at the Professional Development Conference in Tulsa, she won the "Past, Present & Future" quilt donated by none other than quilter-extraordinaire, Dee Beardsley. She was thrilled to win it for two reasons: One, it was basically the same pattern that CC and her mother had made and two, the history in the quilt with all of the past, present, and future leaders of NALS on the quilt. It hangs in her office and unbeknownst to her, has made her strive to be better at what it is she does.
"I digress. She spotted me in a quilting magazine and saw that $2 from the purchase of the kit would be donated to Susan G. Komen, Breast Cancer Research. And that's when it hit her. So many of our NALS members and their friends and family have been stricken with this disease that she decided this would be a good excuse to get back into quilting. She could justify the purchase of the materials for me, donate her time and skills in making the quilt (albeit she is worried about living up to Dee's standards and skills), and then sell raffle tickets for me wherein half of the proceeds would be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (for breast cancer research).
"I have to tell you, she's very, very worried and scared about this project. In fact, I've been sitting on her craft table in a package already for her to start since the fall. She does not want to disappoint me or her NALS pals. But great news! She works really great under pressure, and she finally had the courage to break me out of the packaging and get me started. So while she's working on me, I decided that I would try to help market myself and begin writing articles and blurbs (who knows, maybe I'll even create a blog) about how I'm doing. Here's a picture of my current status. As you can see, not much to look at right now. Just strips to be cut and the assembly process begun, but I'm out of the packaging...and I'm a wide array of pinks and creams.
"You will need to purchase your tickets in advance! And to do so, you will need to contact Thelma Gonzales or CC. Tickets are only $5 a piece or 6 for $20. The goal is to raise $500. So buy lots of tickets. I do promise that I will keep CC on track and I will be made with lots of love.
Until next time,
"Your Celebration Quilt"