Quilting is a meticulous, labor-intensive craft, and a handsewn quilt can be a highly coveted possession.
The seniors of the Grovetown Senior Center are offering the chance to take home a quilt without the months of work that goes into making one.
For the second time, the Grovetown Senior Center will raffle off a quilt sewn by its members to generate recreation funds for the center. The first raffle, with a cake and hot dog sale Christmas 2001, generated $900 for the center's recreation funds.
"We don't have any kind of recreation fund, so anything we make goes into our recreation fund," center director Betty Laverty said. "We will use it for any kind of equipment we need or for the good of the center. Last year, we took a trip to Wrightsville, Ga., on the proceeds. Sometimes, we'll just go out to lunch or anything they decide they want to do that is recreational."
The large colorful quilt will be raffled off at the Grovetown Christmas Parade at the traditional cake and hot dog sale, Laverty said.
Ann Hutto (left) and Demps Dyches made a nine-block patch quilt to be raffled off to benefit the senior center in Grovetown. The raffle pays for recreation events for the center throughout the year.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Demps Dyches and Ann Hutto spent nearly three months cutting, sewing and quilting the masterpiece.
"It is a nine-patch block quilt," Dyches said. "It is a big one. If it is not king-sized, it is close to it. It was a lot of work. I enjoy doing it though."
Dyches and Hutto worked on the quilt at the center and often took it home.
Its sale could help purchase needed exercise equipment for a class that the center started a month ago, or to fix the center's computer, which has a bad drive, Laverty said.
"This is where we depend on getting most of our funds from," Laverty said.
Hutto did not attend the center when the first quilt was sewn, but hopes to sell lots of tickets from this one for other trips and equipment.
Tickets cost $1 each and can be obtained at the center, at the corner of Old Wrightsboro Road and East Robinson Avenue in Grovetown.
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