The Block Island Times

Take a chance on a traveling quilt

Benefits the Harbor Church
By Martha Ball | Jun 30, 2013

The Harbor Church Quilt is back, providing a once-a-year opportunity to win a matchless piece of folk art. Keeping with tradition, the quilt’s pattern is comprised of local scenes, historic and current, bricks and stones, oceans and fields, anchored on four corners by flowers, all of which surround Eleanor Garrett’s trademark centerpiece map of Block Island. This year’s quilt also has squares crafted by island quilters Lois Bendokas, Sandra Greenman, Becca Hollaway, Rheba McKernan, Karla Sargent, Beverly Sniffen, Sally Stephens and Jean Taber.

Ann Fagan artfully arranged the individual pieces — proving the whole even greater than the sum of its parts. The assembly was sent off-island to be professionally quilted, an extra step that gives the finished product depth as well as a very pretty backside.

Unfurling of the quilt will take place at Harbor Church during 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 30. It will travel about the island this summer, with special appearances at the Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, always accompanied by volunteers ready to sell you an opportunity to own it come fall.

Raffle tickets will be available at all locations the quilt is displayed for $5 each or 5 for $20. Winners over the years have come from as far away as across the country and as close as High Street.

The funds raised will support the ministries of the Harbor Church, which include a wide range of community activities. The church serves an array of groups, including the visiting Blood Bank, retreat groups from four states, the Block Island Boy Scouts, Ecumenical Men’s Breakfast, Helping Hands Food Pantry, Friday Night Coffee House, the Mental Health Task Force, International Workers’ Group and Choir and Prayer Shawl meetings.

The church also provides space for the Town Rec Center in the winter, and bridge games every Tuesday. This spring the Volunteers for Animals borrowed the church’s lawn for their spring lawn sale and there are almost daily meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and related self-help programs.

Look for the quilt!

If you miss it in person you are invited to view it at where you will also find downloadable tickets. You may also call the church office at 466-5940 or contact any committee member (Martha Ball, Eleanor Garrett, Rheba McKernan, Cindy Pappas or Frankie Smith) to hopefully buy that winning ticket!

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