The Block Island Times

Quilting for a cause

By Lars Trodson | Jun 25, 2014
Photo by: Kari Curtis

There just happened to be a group of ladies playing bridge in the community room of the Harbor Church when Ann Fagan and Rheba McKernan brought in this year’s version of the quilt that will be used for the 2014 fundraiser.

“Do you want to see it?” Fagan asked and everyone said yes. When it was unveiled, the response was unanimously appreciative. It is a beauty.

For the past three years — after a hiatus of about a decade — the idea of creating a Block Island quilt was revived as one of the major fundraising efforts of the Harbor Church. According to Fagan and McKernan, the quilt has raised about $10,000 in each of the past two years, a goal they hope to meet or exceed this year.

The quilt is a series of squares, each depicting a Block Island scene: the Harbor Church itself, daffodils, sailboats, Settler’s Rock, both lighthouses and a depiction of the original statue of Rebecca.

“It’s a piece of original art,” said McKernan.

The quilt is comprised of 14 squares positioned around a larger center rectangle that depicts the island itself. Stitched into the blue cloth around the island are a number of images: the ferry, dolphins and numerous sailboats. The squares were created by Beverly Sniffen, Jessica Veldman-Dulac, Lois Bendokas, Sandra Greenman, Karla Sargent, Carrie Todd, Sally Stephens, Eleanor Garrett and Rheba McKernan.

Fagan and Marie Shepherd positioned the individual squares and pieced them together, and the final quilting was done by April Gilroy.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the Farmers’ Market every Saturday and Wednesday, or they can be purchased by calling Barbara Temple at the Harbor Church at 466-5940. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held on Nov. 30.


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