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My Tote for ToteTuesday (Fiberart for a Cause)

31 Jan 2010

 In September 2006, I got a little personal on my blog and shared that my father had just lost his battle against lung cancer in my Bye Dad post. In rereading that entry, Virginia Spiegel at that time had raised $53,000 for the American Cancer Society with Fiberart for a Cause...and today she is closer to $200,000! This number is just astonishing to me, and speaks to her tenacity and the vast generosity of fiber artists from around the globe. Virginia recently announced her latest fundraising endeavor, ToteTuesday.

Here's what Virginia has to say:

It's the opening of ToteTuesday, Fiberart For A Cause's ONLY big fundraiser
in 2010.  Our goal is $5000.

I have upgraded the list of more than 40 sponsored totes with more photos,
details, and links:

Each week in February and March, five to seven totes will come up for bid.

Stop by each Tuesday at 11a.m. CST to see if your favorite tote is available
that week. Then bid or be a champion supporter of the ACS and place a Go For
The Gold bid that secures the tote for you immediately.

ToteTuesday will be held on my blog.  Information on how to bid is here:

I knew ToteTuesday was something I wanted to participate in, and so I made a tote I've called "Getting Graphic."

Using Kathy Mack’s “Winslow Market” tote pattern as published in International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, I combined some of my hand-dyed and screened fabrics with commercial fabrics with whimsical designs.

I've stuffed it with a number of things:

-A copy of our special issue: International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene
-A copy of our super-sized special Winter issue of Cloth Paper Scissors STUDIOS
-Quilting Arts (Feb/March issue)
-Cloth Paper Scissors (Jan/Feb issue)
-QA TV Series 500 (13 Episodes)
-“Texture Transformation: Stitch, Alter, Recycle” with Natalya Aikens --QA Workshop DVD
-“Gelatin Monoprinting” with Rayna Gillman—QA Workshop DVD
-A fat bundle of my hand-dyed/ screened fabrics

My tote will be available this Tuesday, February 2, at 11:00 AM CST via Virginia's blog. If you're in the market for a tote and want to help the American Cancer Society, I hope you may be interested in bidding!

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bybethstudio wrote
on 31 Jan 2010 1:01 PM

What is   the retail price going ro be? Trying to figure the Go for the Gold price as mentioned on the tote tuesday Blog.

Pokey wrote
on 1 Feb 2010 4:22 AM

Hi Beth,

For the contents and tote, I listed the total retail price at $170. Thank you for your interest...

VSpiegel wrote
on 1 Feb 2010 5:25 AM

Pokey - I'm so happy to have your mega-tote to kick off ToteTuesday.

An FYI for everyone that the six totes on this Tuesday, February 2, will have an opening bid ranging from $60 up to Pokey's tote.  

I am predicting a blockbuster event thanks to generous donors/sponsors such as Pokey and equally generous bidders.  

See you tomorrow!  


Jamie Fingal wrote
on 1 Feb 2010 7:19 PM

I love the bag that you made, and you inspired me to make a bag for my embellishment tote.  Primed canvas, painted and sewn together (no pattern).  Love everything for your tote!  

VSpiegel wrote
on 9 Feb 2010 7:11 AM

Pokey - Congratulations on raising $600 for the American Cancer Society with your tote!  That's such a great start toward our ToteTuesday goal of $7500.  Many thanks! V.