February 26, 2009
Close to Nowhere
Relay for Life
• Christine Martin at Big Star has taken on a huge task for the Big Star Relay for Life team — the “Big Star Baggers.”
Christine, who has worked as a checker at Big Star for as long as I can remember, is making a quilt to be raffled for this year’s Relay for Life.
But it won’t be just any quilt and it won’t be just raffled. Each block on the quilt will be “autographed” in honor or in memory of someone who has battled cancer.
For the extremely small price tag of $5, you can get a block autographed — and — get your name in the hat to win the actual quilt.
The Relay for Life quilt will be full-size and will be a treasure to be passed from generation to generation.
There are only 120 blocks and a few have already been sold, so you need to be thinking about who you want to honor or memorialize and get a block soon.
You can drop by Big Star and give Christine your names and money or you can come by The South Reporter and give me your names and money.
And if you want to chunk in a little bit extra for an excellent cause, well that’s OK with both of us!
Christine and I have discussed quilting at the check-out counter for a lot of years now. I was very pleased and honored when she asked me if I’d help her with the Relay for Life quilt.
Not too long ago Christine brought me a wonderful, poinsettia hat box filled with fabric and the blocks she’d already made.
I’ve gotten the fabric out to play with, and after cutting the rest of the blocks out, am beginning to sew some of them together. So, I got Christine’s blocks out to add to mine and I was so surprised—she’d made more than 30 of the blocks and had done every one of them by hand!
I have no excuses for not finishing piecing the quilt together quickly!
• Lisa Liddy also asked me a while ago about some quilts — the Town and Country Garden Club’s appraisal fair is coming up fairly soon and Lisa and the club members wanted quilts to hang as part of the appraisal fair. She asked me if I could gather 12 quilts for her.
Not a problem!
Margie Jones is a fantastic quilter—she is a member of the Oxford Piecemakers quilt guild, along with my friend Jane and me — she’s going to lend me three quilts; Jane is going to lend three quilts, Reba Westmoreland, another excellent quilter (she’s also Christine’s sister-in-law and a cake decorator at Big Star), has brought me three quilts.
I’m going to hang three quilts made in the 1930s or so by Milton Winter’s grandmother — these quilts are my pride and joy and I hang them in every quilt showing that I can.
The appraisal fair is March 6 and 7 at the Multi-Purpose Building. The Relay for Life is June 12 at the Sam Coopwood Park.
Please, see Christine or me and help support Relay for Life — through quilts!
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