Mennonite Women USA announces that Lauralee Kauffman, Iowa City, IA is the winner of the t-shirt quilt raffle. More than $1,000 worth of tickets were purchased by 81 women and men who either visited the MW USA booth during Convention or purchased tickets in advance.
Kauffman, a self-professed collector of quilts and a quilter in her own right, is excitedly dreaming of creative ways to display the beautiful quilt in her own church, East Union Mennonite of Kalona, IA as well as other churches in her community. The quilt was assembled by Marie Harnish, Indianapolis, IN. Harnish was inspired to create this quilt in response to a discussion at the MW USA board meeting in 2012. “What is a Mennonite woman?” was the question. The answers are multi-faceted. Harnish’s vision was further inspired by searching for t-shirts at local thrift stores, where she found many t-shirts with images of women, scripture, and slogans by and about women.
From the colorful backing fabric, which was donated by Fanni Birky of Goshen, IN, to each t-shirt, there is significance in all aspects of the quilt. The proceeds from the quilt will go towards the various ministries of MW USA, which include scholarships for women studying theology around the
world, to Sister Care seminars, locally and internationally, and toward Timbrel and the annual Bible study guide. Co-director Rhoda Keener stated that the income from the raffle tickets will fund at least one scholarship for theological study.
Read all of the “Quilting Stories” we’re collecting from people who have donated T-shirts to make this wonderful project a reality! Each T-shirt has a special story behind it.
Enjoy more pictures from the big drawing at Convention and the below video of the drawing!