Life Skills holds first ever online auction

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Quilts of all sizes, styles and colors are on the Life Skills Quilt Auction, conducted this year online with the help of Brock Auction.
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PLYMOUTH CO. — While COVID-19 has changed the way the 23rd annual Life Skill Quilt Auction is being conducted, it didn’t stop the sewing machines, needles and fingers of area quilters.

“This year the quilt auction is going to be done a bit differently,” said Shelly Thomson, Life Skills marketing development coordinator.

“Due to social distancing, coronavirus, and all, we are going to be having an online auction for the first time ever,” she said.

The auction will feature 36 quilts and two different styles of Christmas ornaments.

The online auction began Aug. 1 and runs through Monday, Aug. 10, with Brock Auction handling the online auction through its website,

“His whole team has been more than supportive through this whole thing. It’s a new experience but they assure me that it will go smoothly,” Thomson said. “We did a small number of quilts this year, as we are dipping our toe into the online auctioning world.”

While the number of items may be smaller, the auction still features a wide variety of quilts.

“Our quilters have come to the table once again and bring their best,” she said.

There are vintage quilts, such as the one hand quilted by St. John’s ladies in Le Mars.

“This will be a great piece to add to some quilter’s collection. It is large enough to fit on your bed, and it’s just beautiful,” Thomson said.

“We also have a lovely array of baby quilts, with the soft minky fabric. It just makes you want to curl up with it as well as wrap your baby in it,” she said.

There is also a big array of quilts featuring John Deere, Case IH, Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones type of quilts.

“This year for the first time, we have a Harley Davidson quilt. It’s all machine quilted with flames running through the whole quilt. Both the front and back are really cool looking,” she said.

There are also several Christmas quilts.

“One that stands out is by Ginny Freyermuth. The fabric is very on trend right now with the little red pickup and the Christmas tree,” Thomson said.

“The quilts are limited but the quality is not. The quality is still there,” she said.

Thomson added if anyone would like a closer look or touch and feel the quilts, they are available to be viewed at Northwest Bank in downtown Le Mars.

The quilt auction is sponsored by the Life Skills Foundation, and draws a good crowd each year at the Plymouth County Fair in Century Hall.

“It is our annual auction we do during the fair, and due to the fair not happening tis year we are trying to think outside of the box for ways to host our annual fundraisers.

“Again this year would really like to thank all of our quilters, and all the people that have volunteered their time and their talents, and donations of these quilts. This quilt auction is normally our second largest fundraiser of the season, so it’s really important to us,” Thomson said.

“We are sure that with the support of our community, this will be successful. And it’s not going to be as large as it normally is, we know that, but we’re going to make the best of this fundraising season that we can, and have complete faith that next year will be better,” she concluded.

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