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Sutter Facility Blanketed in Quilts for Popular Breast Cancer Auction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Cancer, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Medical Foundation, Women's Services | 0 comments

Sacramento Medical Building Turned Into ‘Art Gallery’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A small art quilt depicting the Sacramento River and Tower Bridge is in the center of a display inside the new Women’s and Children’s Center on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus.

SACRAMENTO — The public can tour an unusual art gallery during October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – as the walls of the Sutter Cancer Center and other Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento facilities are covered with about 500 fabric artworks for the 2017 Breast Cancer Quilt Auction.

Bids are being accepted now for most of the quilts, and the silent auction and showcase will conclude with the live, public auctioning of the best 50 pieces beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The public can tour and bid on the quilts from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. every day until then.

Each of the quilts is a fabric work of art that was created specially for the quilt auction, which supports breast cancer services at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. None of them is just tied; they are all quilted by artisans in the Sacramento region and across the nation.

These colorful, larger quilts are hanging in the lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus.

The quilts range in size from little over a foot, such as “Spirit,” to giant size, such as the 8-foot tapestry, “Around Town.” Patterns range from traditional block designs to intricate art pieces depicting animals, flowers, landscapes and even city scenes. There are quilts for children with Disney and other kid-friendly themes, and some with a breast cancer theme, including one, “Eenie Meenie,” made from unused bikini tops from a bathing suit manufacturer. A number have Christmas or winter themes, as the quilts make unique holiday gifts. All of them, however, were made with the breast cancer auction in mind, with most of them created in remembrance of a family member or friend who either survived or succumbed to the disease.

“These people didn’t just donate their used quilts,” said Jeanne Powell, auction committee chairwoman and a two-time breast-cancer survivor. “They’ve devoted many hours to creating each one and then donating them for services benefiting those with breast cancer.”

The quilt on top is titled “Forest Friends,” which also includes stuffed animals. It is hanging in the Women’s and Children’s Center.

Started in 1999, the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is held every three years and is considered the first of its kind in the nation, leading to the creation of similar fund-raising auctions. More than $650,000 has been raised through the auctioning of 3,000 quilts in the past six auctions.

The quilts are located on all floors of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion, which houses the Sutter Cancer Center, as well as on the first floors of the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center and Sutter Capitol Pavilion. The Buhler building is located at 2800 L St. on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus. This is the first auction since the opening of the new Women’s and Children’s Center at 2825 Capitol Ave., whose first floor serves as the main lobby for the medical center, and the bare walls there have been turned into gallery-style showcases for auction quilts. The walkway of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion, at 2725 Capitol Ave., was set aside as walls for local artwork and is also adorned with quilts.

Photos of the quilts are online at www.suttermedicalcenter.org/quiltauction/, along with more information of the auction, which is presented by the philanthropic arm for Sacramento’s premier, not-for-profit medical campus, the Sutter Medical Center Foundation.

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Cancer, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Medical Foundation, Women's Services | 0 comments