Quilting for a good cause

Michelle Higginbotham, Richfield, holds a baby quilt that was cross-stitched and pieced together by hand, which is estimated to have taken over 100 hours. The quilt is just one of two quilts constructed by Higginbotham; Nancy Harris, Richfield; and Margaret Cowley, Venice.

National Quilting Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in March, which will fall on March 16 this year.

NQD is celebrated around the country with quilting shows, classes, open museums and more. It is a day to appreciate and recognize quilt makers, as well as the labor, love and skill that is invested into the making of each quilt. 

 This year’s activities will be held locally to celebrate this unique art form. Special events will be held at Lora Lee’s Rather Bee Quilting, located at 25 North Main Street, Richfield, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

One of the activities will be a silent auction showcasing two handmade baby quilts. Proceeds from the silent auctions will be donated to the One Voice Choir to help in their efforts to build and supply essentials for a much-needed community and elementary school library in Belize. 

“All quilters know a quilt is not just material sewn together, but art supplied with love and thought,” said Lora Lee, owner and operator of Rather Bee Quilting. “These two baby quilts typify that statement having been hand pieced and cross-stitched by Michelle Higginbotham, hand quilted by Nancy Harris and hand bound by Margaret Cowley for the benefit of children who have so much less.”

Bids can be submitted Saturday, March 16, through Saturday, March 30. The opening bid for each baby quilt is $100. The winning bidder for each quilt will be notified March 30.

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