ELKINS - Each year, for many years, local quilters donate their time, treasure and talent, completing quilt squares that are pieced together for a very special purpose. The United Way Quilt, which will be available during the United Way Kick-Off Auction, slated for Aug. 23, is an anchor of the auction.
"Each year, we put together project kits that contain the material used in the quilt," Sue Pifer, owner of the Elkins Sewing Center said. "Local quilters complete the blocks and we display them in the center. Folks are welcome to stop by and vote for their favorite block."
Pifer said everyone really liked the colors this year which are red, pink and white.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Quilt squares that will make up this year’s United Way of Randolph County Quilt are on display at the Elkins Sewing Center. Residents are invited to stop by the Sewing Center, located at 300 Davis Ave., to vote for their favorite block. Quilters made pieced blocks, embroidered blocks and appliqued blocks that will be used to complete the quilt. Elkins Sewing Center owner Sue Pifer, above, looks at the submissions for this year’s quilt.
"So far, we have 19 pieced blocks, five embroidered blocks and six appliqued blocks," Pifer said. "The blocks are great. Everyone has done a great job this year."
Pifer said volunteers will complete the piecing on the quilt and then they will have it quilted before donating it to the United Way of Randolph County for the auction.
United Way of Randolph County Executive Director JoBeth Agnor said the quilt is a beautiful addition to the auction.
"It is something people look forward to seeing each year and is very important to the auction," Agnor said. "People that are unable to attend the auction give their maximum bid amounts to United Way Board Members so they can bid even though they will not be there. It means so much to people in the area because the quilt is made by local residents."
Agnor said each year, the quilt is more beautiful than the last.
"I cannot thank those involved in making the quilt enough," Agnor said. "We are so lucky to have people committed to take on this project every year. I am always so impressed with their work and dedication."
More information about donating to the United Way of Randolph County is available by calling 304-636-0516.