The Foothills Quilters of Elkin held their annual Christmas party and auction on Tuesday at the Foothills Arts Council building, their regular meeting place. The quilters have been meeting for nine years and have grown into a group of about 70 women with members from all across the region.
They continued the tradition of giving comfort quilts at Christmastime. This year Christy Fritz received 23 quilts for Echo Ministries, one for each guest at The ARK shelter. John Creason of Your Father’s House in Dobson received 10 quilts, one for each guest in residence this Christmas.
Additionally, this year 14 quilts were donated to the charity I Support My Community for its Stuff the Bus Campaign, and Farando “Sly” Best was at the meeting with his wife and son to accept the quilts. All quilts are made by the ladies of the Foothills Quilters throughout the year as a means of showing their support for the community.
Following the meeting, the quilting group learned of an addition need and donated four quilts for residents of The Shepherd’s House in Mount Airy, bringing the total of donated quilts this Christmas season to 51.
The quilts were blessed in a ceremony led by the Rev. Gaye Brown of Galloway Episcopal with the quilters in a prayer circle surrounding them.
The Foothills Quilters were also very generous with their money this year giving selflessly in support of their member, Carol McDowell, in her participation with The ARK’s Cardboard City fundraiser. Through their support, the support of the Alleghany quilters in Sparta, and many friends and family from as far away as Massachusetts, McDowell raised $1,745 and won first prize for most money raised at Cardboard City.
The Foothills Quilters came to life in 2007 after McDowell and Joan Sanders, both avid quilters, decided there was enough local interest to form a group. They arranged with Galloway Episcopal Church to hold a community quilt show in the sanctuary.
After advertising in The Tribune for any interested resident to bring quilts to show, Vicki Whelan, new to Elkin at the time, and Barbara Monroe of State Road helped gather the quilts and put them out for display at the church during the Pumpkin Festival. A sign-up sheet was made available for anyone interested in forming a group and the Foothills Quilters were born officially in October, 2007.
Since that time the quilters have supported local charities and each other with monthly meetings, monthly sit-and-sew work days and many lovely quilts. Their most recent raffle quilt, made for The ARK as a fundraiser, was awarded during Cardboard City last month. Judy Wolfe of Jonesville won the quilt and immediately decided it should be raffled again to raise money for the Jonesville Historical Society, as reported in The Tribune recently. Look for more information to come.
Carol McDowell is a member of the Foothills Quilters Guild.