Friday, 4 November 2011

Covering the arts

One homemade quilt can help cover the arts at Crossville Elementary School.

Crossville resident Smokey Black recently made a Christmas quilt, and as a member of the Crossville Woman's Club, she allowed the club to raffle off the quilt and donate the proceeds to the Crossville Elementary School Art Club.

The Woman's Club has helped sponsor the grades 2-5 extracurricular art organization for the past three years.

"They don't have any means except for donations," said Woman's Club member Colene Morgan.

Part of the proceeds from the quilt raffle will also go toward the Woman's Club scholarship program, which gives one Crossville student a $1,000 college scholarship each year.

"The club didn't spend any money on this, so all the money we make will go to these projects," Black said.

The reversible quilt displays a Christmas design on one side featuring manger scenes and Christmas trees from corner to corner. The unique trees are made from small fabric triangles are sewn down with one line in the middle of the triangle and on the corners. The edges of the trees are left loose, giving the quilt an interesting 3-D effect.

"It's a different kind of quilt," Black said. "It's not something someone would just slap on their bed. It's mostly decorative."

The back of the quilt can extend its use past Christmas. The fabric on the reverse side features snowflakes and a winter home scene.
"It's a good winter-time quilt too," Morgan said.

The quilt is the first fundraiser for the art club this year. In previous years, members held a special fundraiser for the art club in the spring. However, after the tornadoes that devastated much of the state in April, they decided to "put this money to better use," Black said.

"There were just so many needs," Morgan said.

Area residents can purchase one chance to win the quilt for $5 or three chances for $10. The drawing will be held on Dec. 6 and the winner will be notified the next day.

For more information and to buy a chance to win the quilt, contact Black at 256-528-7998 or Morgan at 256-659-4430.

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