Posts Tagged ‘Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer’

We Did It! Fiber 5K Reaches the Finish Line in One Day


Check it out!  That’s right, the little red sneaker made it all the way to $5000 raised for the American Cancer Society in just one day.
In fact, with online and offline donation, our total for the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer is $5746!


We couldn’t have done it without crazy generous donors AND these amazing Sponsors:

Sue Bleiweiss, Mistyfuse, Gelli Arts, Fiber on a Whim, Hoffman Fabrics, Jamie Fingal, Lynn Krawczyk, The Printed Fabric Bee, Aurifil, Karen Stiehl Osborn, Mary Ann Van Soest, Lesley Riley, Artfabrik!, Generation Q, Meinke Toy, Stencil Girl Products,
Friends Fabric Art, Jane LaFazio, Vicki Welsh, Martha Sielman, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., Deborah Boschert, Gail Myrhorodsky, Quilting Arts, Carol Sloan, Artistcellar, Carol R. Eaton, Janice Novachcoff, Havel’s Sewing, Martingale, FreeSpirit, Rowan, Diane Rusin Doran, Lura Schwarz Smith, Gerrie Congdon, Kay Sorensen and Jane Dunnewold.
Prize Winners

Special thanks to Jeanelle McCall, designer of the Fiber 5K logo, race courses, and race certificate.




01 2014

Ten Quick Tips for “Running” the Fiber 5K Today


At last!  The Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer begins at 10 a.m. Central today!  Are you ready? Here are ten quick tips to make today a GREAT day:

1.  The link for you to donate directly to the American Cancer Society will be live at 10 a.m. Central here.  Donations are by credit card only.  Please note it will indicate that you are donating through Fiberart For A Cause to the Forest Lake Area Relay For Life.  That is correct as Fiberart For A Cause is a team for this Relay of which my sister is Chair.  Relay For Life is the ACS’s largest grassroots fundraiser.

2.  There is no minimum donation required.  The suggested minimum donation is $20. Everyone will be entered at least one time in the goal-reached drawings.  But if you are able to donate $25, you will be entered TWICE.  $50, three times.  And so on in $25 increments.

3. In order for the most people possible to win prizes, you may only win one goal-reached prize. However, if you win a prize during one of the goal-reached drawings, you are still eligible to win the Grand Prize and any Challenge Prizes for which you have qualified.

4. There are also wonderful CHALLENGE prizes for donating $25, $100, or $250, and for encouraging others to “run” the Fiber 5K.

5. Have you checked out the PRIZES?  Our prize SPONSORS have been uber-generous to encourage you to donate. Prizes are awarded using a random number generator and no substitutions are possible.

6.  The earlier you donate, the more chances you have to win.  Why?  Because you are eligible for all goal-reached (1K, 2K, etc.) drawings after you donate.

7. Prize winners will be listed first name and last initial or as Anonymous on the prize page here.  The prize winner’s e-mail will be shared with the prize Sponsor who will contact the winner to arrange shipping.  Please THANK our Sponsors for their generosity in supporting our fundraiser.


8.  Patience, grasshoppers.  If I don’t move the red shoe or indicate I’ve contacted all the prize winners as soon as you think that should be happening, please be patient.  Won’t it be nice if I’m that busy?

9.  You will be receiving an e-mail from me with a snazzy “I Ran the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer” race certificate pdf designed by Jeanelle McCall who does all of Fiberart For A Cause’s logos, etc. pro bono.  

10.  Print out and display your race certificate with pride knowing you have done a good deed today!

 Thank  you in advance for your support.  It means a lot to me personally and every dollar we raise does make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Fiberart For A Cause has, thanks to the generosity of fiber patrons, artists, and businesses, already donated more than $230,000 to the American Cancer Society.


01 2014

Vivika DeNegre: Choosing the Positive

DeNegreheadVivika DeNegre

Viivka DeNegre is an amazing woman and I’m not sure if amazing actually is sufficient in her case. It’s not just that she seems to accomplish so much, but that she is so positive and gracious in doing it all.   Here is just part of her bio as Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine:
“Like many art quilters, she learned to sew, knit, and embroider at an early age.  Her love affair with quilting started when she made her first nine-patch block, and has continued since that day.  After covering every bed in the house, she moved on to making art quilts, and has never looked back.  She has been an active member of several quilting groups, and credits her fellow artists with giving her inspiration and lots of pointers along her artistic journey. When not creating in her studio or working at Quilting Arts, she can be found hiking the trails of New England with her husband and four children. “

I am thrilled to be able to ask her about trends in the art quilting world – who better to know?

1.  What made you decide to Sponsor the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer?
At Quilting Arts Magazine, we have a history of supporting Fiber Arts for a Cause fundraisers… from the very beginning, this cause struck a chord with not only our staff, but our readers. We all know someone who has battled cancer and want to do something to help. And if we can use our creative talents to fund research and support our friends, all the better. Of course, there is always a personal connection, and for me, supporting FFAC has been a personal mission ever since I learned about it. My family has been touched by cancer in so many ways. This is a positive action I can take against a disease that has changed my life.

After we reach our goal of $5000 donated to the
American Cancer Society during the Fiber 5K, there will be a Grand Prize drawing.
One winner will receive this DVD and the two featured below from
Quilting Arts as well as many other prizes
Quilting Arts TV: Series 1200

Now airing on PBS

2.  What are you working on in your studio or what’s new in your biz?
Interweave launched Craft Daily several months ago. This is a new a new program that allows subscribers unlimited access to video content from multiple craft communities, including Knitting, Jewelry Making, and Quilting. All of those missed episodes of Quilting Arts TV, past Quilting Arts Workshop videos, and plenty of new content are available for streaming any time you want. What a concept!

3.  What is one of your goals for 2014?
Studio time is always a challenge for me! My goal this year is to get back in my studio and work on a series of large quilts I have been designing in my head for the last few years.

Quilting Arts Workshop DVD:
Art Quilt Design with Hand-Carved Blocks with
Cynthia St. Charles.  Part of Quilting Arts Magazine’s Sponsor donation.

4.  What big trend do you see in the fiber/textile world in 2014?
Art quilting is alive and well! One trend I’ve been seeing lately is the explosion of digital surface design techniques… it is easier than ever to have an idea for patterning cloth, create the image on a simple computer program, and either print the fabric at home or use an online printing source. The results are stunning, and the creative options are astounding.


 Quilting Arts Workshop DVD:
Perfect Machine Stitched Circles
with Libby Lehman. Part of Quilting Arts Magazine’s Sponsor donation.

5.  What advice do you have for new artists/new business owners?
Get in your studio and experiment. Try something new. Reach out to other artists and network. But most of all, explore your own creativity and enjoy the journey.

FFAC2014logo300The Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer opens tomorrow, January 15, at 10 a.m. Central with a goal of $5000 donated directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.
Fiberart For A Cause, through the generosity of fiber patrons, artists, and businesses, has already donated more than $230,000.


01 2014

MeinkeToy: Consider the Uncommon


MeinkeToy‘s slogan says it all:  Uncommon Supplies for Uncommon Artists. Eleanor Love, owner of MeinkeToy,  says, “Since I am a hunter-gatherer by nature, I knew that MeinkeToy was the perfect business for me to own. I am an active fiber and mixed media artist – always on the lookout for new, unusual and exciting products to feed my creativity (addiction?) and to incorporate into my own work and in the classes that I teach.  If it is new, I have to try it! ”

Lucky us!  MeinkeToy’s product list is amazing – everything from fabric, books, mixed-media supplies, surface design supplies, notions,  felting, threads, and on and on.  Thanks to Eleanor’s generosity, TWO lucky “runners” during the Fiber 5K will win $50 gift certificates to MeinkeToy.  Thank you, Eleanor!

1.  What made you decide to Sponsor the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer?
I have had several family members die from different cancers, and I had breast cancer in 2012 myself (Stage 1, so I was very lucky).

2.  What are you working on in your studio or what’s new in your biz?

MeinkeToyartworkArtwork by Eleanor Love

As the owner of MeinkeToy, I spend a lot of my time sourcing new, inspiring and uncommon supplies for my customers.  I just love doing all of the researching.  I haven’t had any time to do any creative work for quite a while now, but am itching to get a needle and thread in my hands. I love doing Kantha like stitching and embellishing with beads.

 3.  What is one of your goals for 2014?
One of my goals for 2014 is to continue the expansion of MeinkeToy through social media and writing on various aspects of fiber art (sounds like two goals, but they are really connected).

4.  What advice do you have for new artists?
My advice would be to follow your heart.  I have spent too many years working in another profession that was not really fulfilling.  If you are making art, do what feels right to do and don’t worry about what someone might say about it.  If you are in a job that is not making you happy, visualize the perfect job for you.  It might not happen right away, but a shift will eventually come if you are open to new possibilities.


The Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer opens January 15 at 10 a.m. Central with a goal of $5000 donated directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.

Fiberart For A Cause, through the generosity of fiber patrons, artists, and businesses, has already donated more than $230,000.


01 2014

Pokey Bolton: Chief Creative Officer

pokey-bolton2Pokey Bolton

Pokey Bolton was and is one of the first and strongest supporters of Fiberart For A Cause since its inception in 2005.    I will let her explain what her current position is:  “I am the Chief Creative Officer at Quilts, Inc., Quilts, Inc., the company that puts on all of the International Quilt Festivals and Markets (among other fun, quilt-y endeavors like Quilt!Knit!Stitch!). People have been asking me what “Chief Creative Officer” means exactly, and it means what it says: I am in charge of helping launch creative ventures for the company, for example looking at current successes and also exploring new opportunities, all of which mean for exciting stitch-, quilt-, and fabric-filled times ahead. I like to get into trouble…good, stitching trouble!”

Pokey has issued a timely challenge on her blog.  Just leave a comment detailing what good works you are doing in 2014 and she will donate $1 per comment per person to the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer.  Deadline to leave a comment is today, Sunday, at midnight Eastern.

1.  What made you decide to Sponsor the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer?
Why YOU of course! With you, Virginia, at the helm of an ACS fundraiserit’s a no-brainer!  Also, I lost both my aunt and my father to cancer, so it’s one that is close to my heart.


Pokey, as a member of The Printed Fabric Bee, will be donating a custom-printed quarter yard of fabric
as part of their prize for the Fiber 5K.

2.  What are you working on in your studio?
I’m finally getting back into my studio again after the fall shows; I moved my studio to a different room in my house so I’ve been out of a commission for a spell. First order of business is finishing a (much overdue) baby quilt, and then I want to do a lot of surface design work.

3.  What is one of your goals for 2014?
I haven’t taken a workshop from anyone in a long while, and I want to head west to San Antonio sometime this year to visit with Jane Dunnewold at Art Cloth Studios.

4.  What big trend do you see in the fiber/textile world in 2014?


A trend I see is the blending of fiber arts- quilting, knitting, and stitching. I have noticed that people are taking up various fiber arts at once. This is why we are launching our brand new show in Portland, OR, called Quilt!Knit!Stitch! that will make it’s premier August 14-16, 2014.

5.  What advice do you have for new artists/new business owners?
My best advice is to get into the practice of keeping a journal. All of the best artists do, and journal-keeping is an invaluable tool for artistic growth–not to mention it’s fun to look back at old journals to see how you’ve progressed along the way!

FFAC2014logo300 Opens Wednesday, January 15
10 a.m. Central

Goal: $5000 for the American Cancer Society
Fiberart For A Cause has donated more than $230,000 to the American Cancer Society since 2005.


01 2014