Although I had the opportunity to donate two quilts to the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale last year, as a relative new comer to the Mennonites, this weekend was the first time I got to experience a relief sale first hand. I LOVED it. Right here in Harrisburg at the Farm Show Complex the Pennsylvania Relief Sale gathered everyone from Amish and Old Order Mennonites to MC USA and Brethren in Christ for hundreds of quilts, fantastic food, cheap vintage fabric, and lots of hand made and fair traded goods for sale. How could you not love that? I bought cheese, doughnuts, and soup, got some gifts at from the Ten Thousand Villages booth, and ate awesome food from Lao eggrolls to PA Dutch sausage, all of which was fabulous, but I spent most of my time enthralled at the quilt auction. Really, I could have watched all day.
With over 300 quilts up for auction, choosing a favorite was a real challenge, but here are some of my top choices. (If I did have to choose just one this would be my favorite, but it sold before I could get a photo of it. It’s hard to see on the website, but it’s darling appliqued birds nuzzling on a branch)
I know, lots of photos, but really, there were just so many fantastic quilts! Best of all, the money from all of the quilts, food, etc goes to Mennonite Central Committee and the wonderful work that they do. Want to check out a sale yourself? You can find one near you here.