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Behind the Scenes

Charity Quilts Begin at Home for Keepsake Cut-ups

Many quilters make charity quilts that to go directly to people in need, to an organization that distributes them, or that are raffled or auctioned as part of a fundraiser. The Keepsake Quilting crew is no different.

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KQ employee Dawn Carlson staffing the quilt raffle booth at our annual Tent Sale last month.

For four years, staff members from several departments in our New Hampshire offices have teamed up to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Through proceeds from raffling off charity quilts and individual donations, the group, known as the Keepsake Cut-ups, has raised more than $10,000.

“We formed our team in 2012 and then when a co-worker was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, we really stepped up our fundraising,” says Dawn Carlson of our call center, who leads the efforts. She is committee chair for the Greater Lakes Region Making Strides and Becky Keyes (call center) is Food Logistics Chair for this event.

“After individually fundraising for a year or two, I thought what could we do as a quilting company to raise more money,” says Dawn. After speaking with coworkers Bonnie Knott (merchandising) and Becky, they decided to start making these quilts.

“We have had two per year in the past, and last year my husband suggested we make a quilt for the Laconia Motorcycle Rally.  So after discussing this with Becky and Bonnie now we have three quilts that we raffle off each year to support Making Strides,” she says.

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Landscape quilt by the Keepsake Cut-Ups, raffled off last month to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

The most recent raffle quilt, a landscape (above), raised $624. The quilt and raffle were featured at the annual Tent Sale and at the Laconia Motorcycle Rally, with Dawn, Marie Tilton (call center, retired), Joyce Marden (call center), Terry Smith (distribution), Ami Gilson (call center), Becky Keyes (call center), Cindy Wright (Accounting), and others and others helping out.

The winner, announced last month, was Kay Burton of North Carolina who is the niece of Cindy Schiche in our Merchandising department.

dresses charity quilt lane thomasTwo new quilts will be raffled off in October. The first is a wall hanging made by Lane Thomas in the Cutting department (above). The team is working on the second one and hope to have it completed by the end of July beginning of August.

For more information, email the group at To purchase tickets, send a check or money order to:

Keepsake Cut-ups
c/o Keepsake Quilting
P.O. Box 1618
Center Harbor, NH 03226-1618

P.S. If you’re looking for a pattern to make for charity, try this easy Beacon of Hope pattern. And tell us about your own charity quilt projects in the comments section below.

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