Photo: The Palo Verde Patchers showcase their raffle quilt. From left to right: Alice Wilkinson, Pat Luhmann, Carrie Lindner, Stephanie Quick, CarolBettinger, Phyllis Samuelson, Ann Anderson, Nancy Kemp, Cathy Vaught, Patty Reichelt, Brenda Archambault, Isabelle Margeson, and Jan McKamy. Missing from the photo are Swanee Pringle, Geri Hruzek, Jean Anderson  and Patsy Taylor. See the quilt in person and purchase raffle tickets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Feb. 23-24 at the “Creating Tomorrow’s Heirlooms” quilt show at Palm Ridge Rec Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive,  in Sun City West.

The quilt show, “Creating Tomorrow’s Heirlooms,” hosted by the Palo Verde Patchers’ Quilt Club will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive, in Sun City West. The Quilt Show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the entry cost is $5.

The show will feature the raffle quilt, “Ladies of the Sea.” This quilt celebrates some of the greatest ships that have sailed the oceans of the world. Each ship is surrounded by either vines, wreaths, or flowers that are native to that country. Each ship has played a role in changing the world. On the back of the quilt is fabric of old-world maps.

The pattern, the kit of fabrics and threads were given to Ann Anderson, Quilt Committee chairperson by the family of a friend in New York. Before beginning this project, Ann wrote to the pattern designer to get permission to make the quilt as a raffle quilt.

The work on this quilt began in April of 2015 and was completed in December 2017. Most of the work was done in members’ homes and sometimes during “open quilting” in the club room. Throughout this process, the quilters were very enthusiastic, hard-working and dedicated.

One of the 16 ships is The Mayflower, an English galleon that set sail from the coast of England in 1620 with 102 passengers and crew on board. It landed at what is known today as Plymouth, Mass. The ship was a three-masted galleon around 63 feet long and 11 feet wide. The flowers in the wreath surrounding The Mayflower are mayflowers. Joining the two halves of the mayflower wreath is a cornucopia, an icon of the Pilgrims’ celebrated meal with Native Americans.

Proceeds from this raffle quilt are earmarked for the club’s “Quilts for Causes.” Members make Honor Quilts for local veterans and quilts for the New Life Center, a domestic abuse center for mothers and their children. Tickets may be purchased every Tuesday morning in the quilt club at Kuentz Recreation Center, Room 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost of the tickets is one for $1 and six for $5. One can also purchase tickets during the Quilt Show. The drawing of the winner will take place at the end of the show Sunday, and the winner need not be present. In addition, the winner will receive a booklet with photos with a description of each of the 16 ships.

When coming to the show, you can view over 200 quilts, purchase boutique items, bid on raffle baskets, shop at vendors, view special exhibits and visit with “Featured Quilter,” Gayle LeGrand. Breakfast and lunch will be available at the show to purchase from Memo’s Bistro of Sun City West.

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