Archive for January, 2015

What kind of artwork might I receive as a THE 100 Patron?


Good question!  THE 100 artists were asked to donate artwork that met these guidelines: *The artwork may be any size as long as the minimum retail value is $100. FFAC-225x300

dawn window: begin again by Laura Cater – Woods 7″x 5″ Mounted to 10×8″ A Summer dream, made in honor of a sister.

*Artwork smaller than 8×10″ will be mounted to 8×10″ or 9×9.” *The artwork will contain fiber and may or may not be stitched. The artwork may or may not be made specifically for this event.

Many of the artists are taking a very generous view of what constitues a minimum retail value of $100.  Let’s just say that this is a rare opportunity to obtain VERY well-known artists’ artwork while doing a good deed.

There can only be 100 lucky Patrons.  To be fair to all, I won’t be opening any Requests to Donate arriving in my mailbox prior to 10:00 a.m. Central on Wednesday, February 4.  But starting at 10 a.m., it’s first to Request to Donate (and then donate following a special link) who will SCORE!  More details here.

See more than 80 pins of artwork on our Pinterest board.  Please follow the links to individual blogs and websites to read more about the stories behind the artworks.


01 2015

100 Artists Say, “YES!”


All the info on how to be one of the lucky 100 patrons of THE 100 beginning at 10 a.m. Central on February 4 is here with, of course, 100% of the donations going directly to the American Cancer Society.

But I wanted to give a shout-out here to the artists who made the event possible.  I asked, they said “YES.” What an amazing group!  You should recognize artists from Quilt National, Visions, and Art Quilt Elements (The Big 3 of art quilt exhibits), International Quilt Festival artists, authors, fabric designers, prize winners, and icons of the art quilt world:

Natalya Aikens, Pamela Allen, Frieda Anderson, Britta Ankenbauer, Brooke Atherton

Marion Barnett, Alice Beasley, Von Biggs, Pat Bishop, Sue Bleiweiss, Pokey Bolton, Deborah Boschert,  Kathie Briggs

Laura Cater-Woods, Jette Clover, Judy Coates-Perez, Marion Coleman, Linda Colsh, Gerrie Congdon, Nancy G. Cook
artwork by Alice Beasley

Rain on the Plains by Alice Beasley
11″ x 9.75″

Jane Davila, Vivika DeNegre, Sue Dennis, Jay Dodds, Diane Rusin Doran, Jane Dunnewold

Carol R. Eaton, Suzan Cloud Engler

Tomme Gill Fent, Clairan Ferrono, Jamie Fingal, Ann Flaherty, Cindy Friedman

Terry Grant, Cara Gulati

Gloria Hansen, Leonie Hartley-Hoover, Patty Hawkins, Annie Helmericks-Louder

Leslie Tucker Jenison, Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Marie Z. Johansen

Lyric Kinard, Sherry Davis Kleinman, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Franki Kohler, Lynn Krawczyk, Pat Kroth

KrothSweetie1012webSweetie by Pat Kroth
12″ x 10″

Jane LaFazio, Kristin LaFlamme, Carol Larson,Susan Lenz,Eleanor Levie

Susan Purney Mark, Jeanelle McCall, Judy Momenzadeh, Susie Monday, Carol Moore, Gail Myrhorodsky

Fannie Narte, Kathy Nida

Karen Stiehl Osborn, Frieda Oxenham

The Pixeladies – Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki, Valarie Poitier, Yvonne Porcella, Cate Coulacos Prato

Daren Pitts Redman, Wen Redmond, Sue Reno, Lesley Riley, Karen Rips, Lora Rocke, Kristin Rodriquez-Girod and Janelle Girod

Beth Schillig, Norma Schlager, Susan Friedman Schrott, Sandra Sider, Cheryl Sleboda, Carol Sloan, Lura Schwarz Smith, Mary Ruth Smith, Kay Sorensen, Sherrie Spangler, Virginia A. Spiegel, Cynthia St. Charles, Terri Stegmiller

Melanie Testa, Jeanette Thompson, K. Velis Turan

Larkin Jean Van Horn, Mary Ann Van Soest, Gordana Vukovic

Terry Waldron, Judy Warner, Laura Wasilowski, Vicki Welsh, Leni Levenson Wiener

Kathy York

Vivien Zepf

Judy Gula and Eleanor of MeinkeToy: Our Safety Nets in case of unforseen circumstances.

See more of the artwork for this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society on our Pinterest board.


01 2015

Q&A #2 – THE 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer

FFAC2015logoAll the info on how to be one of the lucky 100 Patrons of THE 100 beginning at 10 a.m. Central on February 4 is here, but there are ways to make your participation go more smoothly.  Q&A #2:

1. How can I be sure my Request to Donate won’t go to your spam folder?  I’m pretty sure I won’t have a lot of time to check my spam folder while the event is in progress. If you would like to be sure your Request to Donate does not go in my spam folder on February 4, send a trial message before February 4 to Virginia(at)

2.  What if I would like more than one artwork? Just indicate the number you would like in your Request to Donate.  Each artwork requires a donation of $100.  If you are one of the lucky Patrons and artwork is still available I will send a reply to your Request along these lines, “You are one of the lucky Patrons! Here is the special link to donate.  Please donate $200 for the 2 artwork you have requested.”


Night Windows by Terry Grant
More info about this artwork

3. Why won’t I hear back immediately that I am or am not one of the lucky 100 Patrons?  Please remember it’s just me fielding Requests to Donate, making sure donations have been made, and making sure that there are 100 and only 100 Patrons. Patience and a sense of humor are always needed during a fundraiser. Thank you for yours!

4.  How is the artwork is assigned?  A third party will do the assigning using a random number generator.  I won’t know which artwork goes where until the spreadsheet with the assignments is forwarded to me after the event.  I think it’s exciting knowing that you might receive any of the stunning artworks made by THE 100 Artists. It’s like hitting the jackpot since the artists are a veritable Who’s Who!

5.  If I am one of the 100 Patrons, how will I know whose artwork I will receive?  You will receive an e-mail from your artist. The 100 generous and talented artists are listed here.  If you don’t receive an e-mail by February 11 from an artist, contact me ASAP.

CongdonOrangeFiestaOrange Fiesta by Gerri Congdon

6.  What about shipping?  THE 100 Artists are not only donating the artwork, but also shipping it to you.  Remember THE 100 Artists are from around the world, so shipping may be quite expensive for them.  In every case, please thank your artist for their generosity.

See more of the wonderful artwork for THE 100 on our Pinterest board, maintained by Deborah Boschert.


01 2015

Q&A #1 for THE 100 fundraiser – February 4


All the details are here, but below is the first installment of tips and suggestions to make your experience with THE 100 fundraiser go smoothly.  More Q&A tomorrow!

1. How do I bid on the 100 artworks on February 4? There is no bidding or waiting for the donation level to go down.

2.  Then how do I become one of the lucky 100 patrons?   On February 4, the first 100 people to contact me (Virginia(at) beginning at 10 a.m. Central will be given a specific link to donate $100. You must contact me first as there are only 100 artworks and a specific link through which you must donate.

3.  How do I donate the $100?  After following the special link promptly, donate by credit card directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.

4.  Will I receive a receipt for my donation?   You will receive an immediate electronic receipt from the ACS.

5.  How much of my donation goes to the American Cancer Society?  100% of your donation goes directly to the ACS.  You will be donating to the Forest Lake (MN) Area Relay For Life of which my sister is chair and Fiberart For A Cause is a team.  Relay For Life is the ACS’s biggest grass roots fundraiser.

6.  Should l let you know once I have donated?  No, I receive continuous updates from ACS as donations are made.


Twilight by Vicki Welsh
17″ x 9″
More information about this artwork.

7.  Could I donate more than $100?  Of course, but it will have no effect on the art you receive.  Of course if everyone added an extra $5, we would donate another $500 to fight cancer.

8.  How will I know if THE 100 is still open?  I will announce the closing of the event here, on Facebook, and on my website when 100 patrons have made their $100 donations. I’m hoping for a very fast day.

9.  What’s the goal of THE 100?  Raise $10,000 in one day.  This will bring the total generous fiber artists and patrons have donated to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause to a very nice one-quarter million dollars.  Fiberart For A Cause will then be retired!

 See our Pinterest board for previews of many artworks.
Thanks to Deborah Boschert for maintaining the board with over 75 pins.


01 2015

Two more artworks for THE 100 fundraiser to fight cancer!


 THE 100, a Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser to fight cancer opens at 10 a.m. Central on Wednesday, February 4.  

100 Artist + 100 Patrons + 1 Day = $10,000 to fight cancer

Although artists aren’t required to share artwork in advance, many are!  Be sure to check our the previews on our Pinterest board (with many thanks to Deborah Boschert). Below are two of the 100 artworks donated by talented and generous artists from around the world:


Orange Sky, Colville Delta by Annie Helmericks-Louder
12″ x 14″
Hand-dyed silks, hand-quilted.


Rebirth of Spring by Gail Myrhorodsky
19″ x 22″
Rusted, stained, and hand-dyed fabrics, hand spun wool, hand embroidered,
machine and hand stitched.

Rebirth of Spring
 by Gail Myrhorodsky


01 2015