Members of Lake District Hospital Auxiliary earn money for various hospital projects by raffling a quilt. Yearly those quilts have been uniquely constructed and donated by various local quilters. “A quilt in a box” is how Ellen Jones, Auxiliary president, describes their 2022 quilt. It is a beautiful rendition of lavender and black prints sewn together by members of the First Baptist Church and machine quilted by Arlene Hamilton.

Quilting is a fabric artform that has employed creative abilities throughout generations and centuries. Quilts of yesteryear were necessary for bedtime warmth and were often constructed from the contents of our grandmother’s scrap bag. When various garments wore out, buttons were removed and added to a growing and ever-changing collection in grandma’s button box. Parts of individual garments that showed the least amount of wear were carefully cut out and added to her scrap bag for further use, very often a quilt.

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