ITHACA, N.Y. — Local quilt maker, collector, and longtime community supporter Peggy Dunlop has generously committed a beautiful collection of over 100 quilts and more to support the establishment of a Community Quilting Resource Center (CQRC), in partnership with Finger Lakes ReUse. Harvest of Quilts will be held at Triphammer Marketplace, 2255 N. Triphammer Rd, Ithaca NY 14850, beginning on Saturday, September 12th and going through Sunday, October 4th, from 10 am to 6 pm each day. Peggy’s quilts will be featured in a Super Quilt Sale, and a Quilt Walk and Silent Auction.
A Quilt Walk and Silent Auction will feature small quilts and wall hangings to enjoy in Triphammer Marketplace shop windows. This is a great activity for physically-distant times, just in time for the beginning of the cooler weather season. Free and open to all, this event invites families and quilt collectors to walk through the Marketplace, view quilts, and bid for favorites online at Finger Lakes ReUse website: www.ithacareuse.org.
A Super Quilt Sale at ReUse Community Hardware at the same time will offer close to 100 bed-sized quilts, bed coverings, and more than 100 beautiful fabric tablecloths for sale, while they last!
All proceeds from this combined event will benefit the upcoming Community Quilting Resource Center (CQRC) and Finger Lakes ReUse.
The vision of the Community Quilting Resource Center is of a space where all community members can have access to quilting materials, tools, and inspiration to create quilts and sew for personal or economic benefit, especially those with limited access to the multitude of quilting benefits otherwise. Peggy Dunlop describes it thusly,”To open the door to quiltmaking, creating access to quilting and sewing for all, regardless of personal resources.”
For Finger Lakes ReUse, this is a mission-aligned opportunity to keep beautiful, valuable materials in local hands and engage more people in creative reuse. “Reuse has an under-recognized impact in fostering human health through the deceptively simple act of keeping items in use and out of the waste stream. The Community Quilting Resource Center will create space for this healing in creative, engaging ways, while keeping used valuable materials accessible, and we are delighted to host these events to help make it a reality,” says Robin Elliott, Associate Director at Finger Lakes ReUse.
“Peggy and Dave Dunlop have been community and reuse champions for the whole 56 years since they’ve lived in their home in Brooktondale,” says Brigid Hubberman who is leading the effort to honor Peggy’s community quilting dream. “Now as the Dunlop’s downsize it is especially generous that Peggy would gift her collection of quilts to benefit others in such a remarkable way, but also we are tremendously grateful that she would help perpetuate the art and craft of quiltmaking in Ithaca and Tompkins County by ensuring access to the skill-building and resources needed to begin to quilt and sew.”
Quilts for sale will be available 7 days a week at Finger Lakes ReUse’s Triphammer Marketplace locations, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning Sept. 12, 2020. The Quilt Auction will also go live on ReUse’s website the same day and final bids must be placed before 6 p.m. on Oct. 4. Please see www.ithacareuse.org for more information as it becomes available. Please email Brigid.Hubberman@gmail.com, or call (607) 227-3360 with questions.