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Shoppers can browse yarn, books, patterns for new fall looks at benefit for Sandy Historical Museum

FILE PHOTO - This will be the fourth fabric sale conducted to raise funds for the Sandy Historical Museum.For 20 years, the Sandy Quilting and Fiber Arts Club has made a concerted effort to support the Sandy Historical Society with annual fundraisers.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16, the club will host its yearly fabric sale at the Sandy Historical Museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd., with proceeds from the event going to the museum directly.

"We try to have all kinds of fabric, not just for quilters," said Valerie Walburg, event organizer.

The event started four years ago as a replacement for the groups' longstanding quilt show fundraiser. Walburg explained that the inaugural sale was initiated by a large donation from a local lady. She donated so much fabric that it warranted a sale and from that a new fundraiser arose.

After the first year, Walburg said, "It was so much fun that we decided to do it again."

The group has been collecting donations for months and plans to have all kinds and colors of fabric available for $7 a pound at its annual event. Yarn, notions, patterns, books and "UFOs," or unfinished projects, will be available for purchase along with yards upon yards of fabric.

"We quilters will have much more in our stash to finish," Walburg said of the accumulation of "UFOs" the club has seen. "There's always those unfinished projects."

There will also be a raffle — tickets are $1 a piece — and the winner will be notified at the end of the two-day sale by phone. The winning ticket holder will receive a gift basket full of high quality toiletries. All proceeds from the raffle and sale go to the Sandy Historical Museum.

Walburg also hopes that this event will entice more fiber artists to come out, buy some fabrics and maybe even join the club.

The Sandy Quilting and Fiber Arts Club meets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Membership is $120 a year.

"It's kind of a come-and-go (group)," Walburg added. "(And) it encompasses all different kinds of hand work."

The group is accepting fabric donations through Friday, Sept. 8, at the museum. For more information about the sale or club, call 503-668-3378 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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