Anna Lena's joins Quilt Pink project to help fight breast cancer

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I><BR>Several ladies took part in sewing blocks of pink and white material at Anna Lena's Saturday for the Quilt Pink fundraiser to help fight breast cancer. Seated from left is Karen Snyder, owner, Carol Osterholm, and Dani Foster. Standing are Nancy Eichler, Marla Johnson, Connie Nason, Janet Snyder, and Dianne Durprez.

LONG BEACH - Karen Snyder and Anna Lena's quilt shop in Long Beach are teaming up with hundreds of other similar establishments in the United States to help the fight against breast cancer through a project called Quilt Pink.

Snyder has already had people who attended Relay for Life make dozens of pink and white blocks for quilts and between now and July 16 she is trying to get more people involved in this charity event.

"Sewers and non-sewers can stop in at Anna Lena's and design their own quilt blocks. There will be no cutting or sewing required. We have the fabric already cut and you can arrange the pieces however you wish to create a 12-inch quilt block," she explains. The shop is located at 111 Bolstad Avenue East in Long Beach.

The classroom at Anna Lena's was open July 8 for quilters to sew the blocks together and will again be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 to assemble the blocks. Snyder will have drawings and prizes for the participants and of course there is the fudge and other wares for sale as well.

The big day comes Sept. 30 when all of the blocks will be made into finished quilts during Quilt Pink Day. American Patchwork & Quilting magazine will sell the thousands of quilts online in an auction and all proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"Last year the magazine gathered 25,000 blocks of quilts and then found they had difficulty finding the manpower to complete making them into quilts, so they asked local shops like ours to help this year," Snyder relates. She is still accepting pink and white 4-inch triangles and squares to be used in the project.

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