re: Jim Keyworth and his comments in The Rim Review about what we can do with quilts.
Personally, I think quilts are more priceless than any gem from the jewelers and they can tell more stories than most diamonds.
All quilts are priceless, especially to the quilt "receiver." Quilts are always made and given from the heart, whether they are made as gift or made to raffle off for a good cause. If you ask anyone who has won a quilt, they will tell you it's the best money they ever spent, and that it will be cherished for a lifetime. Speaking of which, most quilts have lifetimes of 20 to a 100-plus years.
Boy, could those quilts tell you a story. Did you know that during the Civil War quilts were used to tell runaway slaves where they could find a safe place to hide from those who wished to capture and take them back to those who wished to torture them more?
Women, and I am sure some men, have for years, made quilts to celebrate a wedding, a birth and some deaths. Not to mention the fact that pictures can be transferred to fabric and then those memories sewn into a memorial quilt for someone who has cherished memories of a person, a pet or a time in their life that will never be forgotten.
Gee, Jim, I think you need to buy raffle tickets for the Strawberry Patchers 2005 Opportunity Quilt. It is a Woodland theme and every time I look at it, it reminds me of how lucky I am to live in a community in the middle of Arizona that reminds me of heaven on earth. Not to mention the fact, that the money raised by this quilt goes to fund the Strawberry Patchers Department of Public Safety project.
In the last 12 years, that group of talented, dedicated women have sewn more than 3,500 quilts and given them to police and fire departments throughout Arizona. Emergency personnel uses them for accident victims, mostly children, to help protect them from more harm and give them a little peace at a time when their world has been turned upside down.
You know, Jim, if you ever have an accident, maybe they won't ask your name and just give you one of those quilts to make you feel a little safer. If they ask your name and figure out you're the guy who says "Who needs more quilts?" they may just set you on a curb by yourself and "quiltless." But, if you have a change of heart, I welcome you to come to Pine to look at the Opportunity Quilt for 2005, on display at Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques, on Hardscrabble Road. In fact, I have reserved six tickets in your name, as a gift to you from me, a quilter, in hopes that you become the happy winner of "Just Another Quilt Raffle."
Kris Lovetro, Pine