A Covey Of Quilts

Photo by Helga Freund

FIBER artist Mary Jardine holds a quilted wall hanging she'll display in "A Covey of Quilts." The southwest motif was designed by Mary Jardine, who also hand painted the fabrics.

A highlight of the show, and much anticipated by many, is the raffle. Two lucky people will be the winners of the queen-size opportunity quilt, titled “Hues of Arizona”. The huge quilt was designed by Jean Bollen, Barbara Winslow and Karen Crowder, and worked on for over a year by almost all of the organization’s members. Officially appraised at $1,800, everyone who purchases a raffle ticket has a chance to bring it home. A smaller quilt, containing the same colors, but of a very different design, makes a handsome second prize.

This year’s show will also offer an exceptionally large selection of quilts for sale. The Boutique, a fundraiser for the organization’s charitable work, will offer a tremendous variety of products, all contributed by its members. Among the offerings are wall hangings, wearable items, table runners, dolls, pillows, fun scarves, pincushions and needle holders, potholders, “pocket pals”, which are cuddly animals nestled inside a pocket on a crib quilt, and microwave potato “nuking pokes”, which, according to Boutique chairman, Bev Lawrence, “really work great.”

In addition to the guild’s boutique, a number of outside vendors will be offering quilting materials, patterns and helpful hints.

Money raised through the exhibit and raffle provide the funds necessary to carry out the Quail Country Quilters’ charitable work, as the organization is just as dedicated to community service as it is to the making of beautiful quilts.

There’s nothing like a quilt for comfort and warmth, and this year the group has donated more than 50 quilts to various organizations, including the House of Ruth, Catholic Social Services, the Women’s Sanctuary, Verde Valley Medical Center, YES the Arc, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, VFW and Arizona Department of Public Safety. In addition, they donate quilts to other non-profit organizations to be raffled off as fundraisers. They’ve also sent patriotic quilt blocks to a Phoenix quilt group to assist in making quilts for Arizona families of soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Quail Country Quilters welcomes visitors and new members, from quilt novice to expert. The guild meets monthly, every second and fourth Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the VFW, 705 E. Aspen St., Cottonwood. The guild also welcomes donated cotton fabric for its charitable quilts. This can be either brought to a meeting or dropped off at Quilters Quarters, in the Safeway shopping plaza, 1675 E. Cottonwood St.

“A Covey of Quilts” runs Friday and Saurday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cottonwood Middle School gymnasium on Mingus Ave. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children. There’s no charge for children under 10 and adults over 80.

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