Quilters unveil Swine quilts

Published 5:25 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Sew and Sew Quilters of Climax have unveiled their two 2008 Swine Time Festival quilts.

Each year they sell tickets on one of the quilts, which they draw for, and they auction the other off on Swine Time Day. This year, the 34th annual Swine Time Festival will be Saturday, Nov. 29.

Tickets are being sold on a flower basket quilt that includes a flower basket with red white and blue flowers at the top and various other colors throughout. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

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The other quilt that will be auctioned off on the Swine Time dignitaries platform following the Swine Time Day opening ceremonies, has a log cabin, or squares design with brown and other earth colors.

The Climax Sew and Sew Quilters, which today consists of five Climax ladies—Ruth Betts, Fannie Wells, Lois Stuckey, Diane Gibson and Marjorie Jones—was formed and named in 1995.

There was a quilting group prior to that, but they did not have a name. Group members were Eleanor Cloud, Mildred Bishop, Lucille Fletcher, Ruth Betts, Fannie Wells and Eldie Moore. There were some other part-time quilters as well.

Mrs. Wells talked recently about how the quilters dedicated work helps the community.

“The Sew and Sew Quilters are an assembly of talented ladies who are very diversified in their activities,” Mrs. Wells said. “We enjoy reading, fishing, traveling, golfing, cooking and talking, which we do a lot during our quilting sessions.”

The average age of the group is 77.

“We meet and quilt at the Depot on the Swine Time grounds or the Climax Community Club Clubhouse to work on our quilts for Swine Time Day,” Mrs. Wells said.

“We call our work a labor of love. The money we make is donated to the Community Club, which in turn donates it to those in need.”