COTTONWOOD – Some of the ladies have been members for more than 20 years. Others, barely a year – even less.
They call themselves the Quail Country Quilters, and with a name like that, it’s clear that each of the group’s members finds quilting to be about as good as anything.
From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, the Quail Country Quilters – QCQ for short – will host its annual Covey of Quilts event at the Cottonwood Middle School gymnasium. Close to 250 quilts – 242 to be exact – will be on display, made by more than 50 quilters across the Verde Valley, says QCQ member Karen Crowder.
“This is their treasures, their life’s work,” Crowder says. “It’s what makes people happy.”
Categories such as best use of color, best overall workmanship, best professional quilter, best non-professional quilter, best original design and overall best quilt will be evaluated by QCQ members.
And a few of the quilts, says QCQ member Liz Stark, will be available for sale.
The purpose of the 501 (c) (3) group is to enjoy camaraderie, to help and learn from one another, and be of service to the community.
A part each year at Covey of Quilts is a boutique to raise money for the organization’s charitable work. At the boutique, quilting enthusiasts can purchase a variety of member-made products, such as purses, table runners, pot holders, book covers, wearables, knitted slippers and pillows.
Besides the boutique, several outside vendors will offer quilting materials, patterns and helpful hints.
Also this year, a bed-sized quilt will be available for raffle. Money raised through the exhibit and raffle helps fund the making and donating of quilts, says Quail Country Quilters member Charlene Dockray.
Each year, the group donates between 75 and 100 quilts to various charity organizations, says Liz Stark, one of the group’s members.
For more information about the Quail Country Quilters, or about the annual Covey of Quilts event, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Charlene Dockray at 928-821-1326. Or visit www.facebook.com/QuailCountryQuilters.
Admission to the show is $5 for adults, $2 for students ages 9-18, and free for anyone 8 and younger, or 80 and older.
Parking is free, and handicap accessible parking is also available.
Tickets for the raffle quilt are $1 each or $5 for six tickets.
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