Vol 6 No. 21 - February 15, 2006

Tour of Homes quilt on display
"Paradise Found" is the title of this year's quilt to be raffled as a fund-raiser for the Anna Maria Island Community Center in conjunction with its Tour of Homes.

The drawing for the quilt will be March 18, the day of the tour. Tickets are $1 for one, or $5 for six tickets. The winner does not need to be present to win.

The quilt is currently on display at the Island Branch Library and will be displayed at the Publix grocery store in Holmes Beach on Wednesday, Feb. 15, Friday, Feb. 17, and then every Wednesday and Saturday until March 11.

The idea of making a quilt was conceived six years ago by Penny Reinholz and Joan Pettigrew who formed the "Eyeland Needlers," a sub-committee of the Tour of Homes whose members had an interest but no special experience in quilting. The Eyeland Needlers have always used scenes from the island as the basis of each quilt.

From left are pictured the two quilt designers, Joan Pettigrew and Penny Reinholtz, and Mary Ellen Sabo, an Island Library Aid.

The quilters start working on their individual square pieces over the summer, which means some of the squares have traveled across the country. This year’s they have incorporated photos on fabric into the quilt. If you look closely in the windows of the trolley, you will see the faces of most of the women who worked on the quilt this year.

In 2003, Green Real Estate became the quilt sponsor and pays for all fabric, supplies and any expenses of displaying the quilt prior to the Tour of Homes so that all proceeds of the drawing could go directly to the Community Center. Each year, the quilt raffle and sales of note cards and posters featuring the quilt raises approximately $4,500.

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