Quilted Shingle joins Quilt Pink for breast cancer research benefit

On Saturday, Sept. 30, local quilting enthusiasts, including North St. Paul's The Quilted Shingle, will come together at the Mall of America for the first-ever national Quilt Pink Day, a fundraising event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Hosting the event locally will be 21 Minnesota and Wisconsin quilt shops and Minnesota Quilters Inc., a statewide quilting organization.

On Quilt Pink Day, quilters across the area will make pink quilts to send to Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for an online auction slated for May 2007. Proceeds from the auction will be presented to the Komen Foundation the following October.

Minnesota Quilt Pink organizers will be on hand to assist quilters and volunteers in making 20 pink quilts. The event will take place in the Rotunda at the Mall of America where there will be a four-story display of pink quilts, an actual "sew-in" with quilt blocks being made on site and demonstrations of the latest quilting techniques. Meet Lynette Jensen, Thimbleberries, Inc., a Minnesota native and an internationally known author and fabric designer. There will be free Thimbleberries patterns for the first 2,000 visitors. Quilts made by The Quilted Shingle's customers will be a part of the quilt show at Mall of America and will then be donated to the American Patchwork & Quilting auction.

To volunteer or for more information visit www.mnpink.com or call The Quilted Shingle at 731-4700. For national event information, visit www.quiltpink.com.

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