Upcoming Showcase of Quilts to honor member who lost breast cancer battle

This quilt will be auctioned off at the upcoming 2019 Showcase of Quilts, with the proceeds going to benefit the E-Nini-Hassee, an outdoor therapeutic school for girls.

The 2019 Showcase of Quilts will be held at two venues this year. On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, visitors will have the opportunity to view more than 300 quilts on display at both the Rohan Recreation Center and the SeaBreeze Recreation Center.

This year’s showcase is dedicated to Chris Phillips, a quilter and member of the steering committee for the 2017 Showcase of Quilts. In addition to Phillips, the showcase steering committee included Esther Meinhardt – Piecemakers Chapter; Judy Short – Sterling Stitchers Chapter; Joan Keltner – Allamanda Chapter; and Judy Porter – Quilting B’s Chapter.

In 2017 both Short and Phillips were diagnosed with breast cancer. “We are quilters,” said Meinhardt. “When something comes up, we make a quilt. It is our way to take action.”

Those interested in quilts will be able to see more than 300 on display at the Rohan and SeaBreeze recreation centers during the upcoming 2019 Showcase of Quilts.

The group decided to make a quilt to raise awareness for breast cancer. “Chris was there to help pick out the materials and be part of the planning,” said Meinhardt. “Judy Short designed a beautiful quilt. The five of us were very close friends, now there are four. We finished the quilt.”

Chris Phillips lost her battle with inflammatory breast cancer in May of 2018.

“It was very important to Chris that we finish the quilt and help raise awareness, especially about inflammatory breast cancer,” said Meinhardt.

The quilt will be unveiled at the Showcase.

“A few of the guild members have seen it, but for the most part the Showcase is when everyone will get a chance to see it,” Meinhardt said.

The Tri-County Breast Cancer Support Group will have an information table set up by the quilt, which will be on display at the SeaBreeze Recreation Center.

Visitors to the Showcase will have the opportunity to take a quilt home. A charity quilt made by guild members will be raffled off, with the proceeds benefitting the E-Nini-Hassee, an outdoor therapeutic school for girls.

Admission to the Show case is $10. That price allows visitors access to both venues on both days. Shuttle parking between the two recreation centers will be available.

For more information about the 2019 Showcase, go to www.qgotv.org.