The Mary Fons Quilt Auction Begins at 7:00 PM Tomorrow Night, October 2nd!

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Pendennis, reclining on the back of Big Red, one of the quilts being auctioned off tomorrow! Photo: Me.
Pendennis, reclining on the back of Big Red, one of the quilts being auctioned off tomorrow! Photo: Me.

 

Wow! Setting up an auction is a lot of work. But it’s exciting. It’s actually one of the most exciting things I’ve done in a long time, I have to say. Helping feels great. (It sure feels better than doing nothing.)

In case you missed it: I’m going to sell ten quilts to raise money to benefit those down in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have had their lives turned upside down as a result of Hurricane Maria. I’m donating all the money raised to Americares.

Yesterday’s post gives a lot of details, so check it out.

And this post is going to serve the same purpose: to give more details. Instead of rushing through this and going off half-cocked, I’ve decided to start the auction at 7:00 p.m. CST, October 2, 2017; I will post the link to the auction here on the ol’ PG at that time! The auction will last two days, until October 4, 7:00 p.m. I’m hoping it won’t take that long to sell off quilts for hurricane relief, but who knows? Maybe no one wants homemade quilts by Mary Fons with help from Pendennis and simultaneously help their brothers and sisters in need… Cough! Cough!

A few more important things:

  • There’s a quilt I’ve decided to auction that is one of those should-I-or-shouldn’t-I situations. But I’ve decided on “should.” There’s a quilt I have called “Memories.” It was one of the first quilts I made. We featured it on Love of Quilting (Episode 1709), which some may remember because I talked about how I had actually lost three of the blocks from the quilt! I made this quilt 10 years ago and… It’s gorgeous. It’s really, really gorgeous, y’all, and it’s huge, at 90 x 90. Dawn Cavanaugh longarmed it and it’s just truly phenomenal, almost show quality.But… Well, it’s time. I want to help people and share the love of this quilt more than I want to have that quilt on the back bed, sitting under other quilts, you know? It’s done what I needed it to do for me. It’s given to me. Now, it can give to you, and give to other people. This one is a take-a-deep-breath-and-go-for-it quilt. It’s scary to give till it hurts, I gotta say!
  • I’ve decided that all the quilts will have a “Buy Now” price in case someone is really freakin’ out to get one. I don’t think this will happen (Jinny Beyer/Nancy Crow I am not — and they command higher prices than that!!!) but I figure there could be someone out there who wants to help people and wants a quilt and why not give the option? Can’t hurt, I guess, but I set it super high so that it will encourage people to bid and have fun with this.
  • Will you spread the word? I know, I know: The more people know about this, the more people you’ll be competing with to win! But remember: The point is to raise the most money possible, so please share about this auction on social media and on your various phone trees? We can do this together, and the lights are still off in Puerto Rico. They need us all.

See you tomorrow night!

xoxo,
Mar

5 Responses

  1. Kathlene Larson
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    Mary is that your time? Central Daylight Savings time?

    • Mary
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      Yes! I’ll note that, KL, thank yoyu!

  2. Gabrielle
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    I am sooooo excited about the Memories quilt!! I love that quilt! I remember that episode – one of my favorites. I have actually made several of those blocks. I make one after I finish a quilt or if I feel stuck on the one I’m working on at the time.

  3. Sally M
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    Oh my, 7 sold for your ‘Pay Now” price in the first 45 minutes. I’m impressed!!

  4. Laurie
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    Umm…no, you’re not Jinny Beyer or Nancy Crow…you’re Mary Fons. And guess what? They’re not you, either. You’re the one who came up with this incredible idea to give away your work, which is also your time and money. You’re the one who has a heart larger than the largest quilt you’ve ever made. So no comparing, please. You clearly should not have capped the bidding at $500 for most of the quilts, as they’ve all sold (and it’s only 8:30 cst time now!)

    You are Mary Fons. The wonderful, caring, intelligent, talented, giving, thoughtful, funny Mary Fons. And only you can pull off being Mary. And you do it so well.

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