The Scrapbaggers, an eight-member Nevada City quilt guild, created a, 42 x 42 inch quilt – an original design – for this year’s Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction, which has generated more the $425,000 for Sutter’s breast cancer treatment and research programs since it launched in 1999. The unique part is that the quilt squares (or “blocks”) were shipped to Pakistan to be embroidered by women in the country as a means to earn money to establish schools in their communities. Myrna Raglin put the quilt blocks from Pakistan together and she said the first attempt didn’t go so well but they tried again.
“This is the first time the box had been broken open and all of our work was taken, so our group thought, ‘well, do we want to do this again? Or shall we just let it go?’ Pay them for what they did and just let it go. We decided to do it again. We got more fabric and more thread and sent it over there and this time, they did it and shipped it and this time, it arrived safely.”
All the Pakistani women who embroidered parts of the quilt also placed their signatures on the back of the quilt. The quilt is on display at the Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L St., in Sacramento, is open daily from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and the public is welcome to visit the quilt display anytime through Nov. 5. There will be a bid sheet for each item on display so individuals may bid during their visit. A live auction will take place on Nov. 5 at 10 a.m.