“This quilt was created in celebration of, and appreciation for, the marvelous time we’ve all had coming to Rangeley every year for Quilt Camp,” said Novak. “This is a project we could all be part of, and in the end, give something back to Rangeley.”

For it was, from the beginning, the intent of the group to gift the quilt to Dan and Carol Perkins, who would decide how to best benefit a group of their choosing in the Rangeley region.

The quilting friends, from Rangeley and afar, who pieced the blocks for the quilt are Sandra A. Bonomo, Jean Dufour, Judith P. Dunn, Lucy Hickey, Pauline Lang, Jean Libbey, Joanne Marzilli, Mara Novak, Carol Perkins, Helen Reynolds and Deb Tucker.

“Hunter Blues” was shown by the campers at Machine Quilters Expo 2010 and earned a red ribbon in the Quilts Among Friends category. Novak showed “Hunter Blues” at the Vermont Quilt Festival where it was awarded a red ribbon in the wall hanging category.

Carol and Dan Perkins chose to have the gift benefit the Rangeley Friends of the Arts Student Lesson Program and the RFA Rangeley Lakes Regional School Graduating Senior Scholarship. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts has a long history of assisting local youth with extra-curricular dance, voice, art and instrumental music lessons.

Raffle tickets for the 70-inch square quilt are available at the spring dance and music recitals, RFA summer events, Rangeley summer festivals and at Threads Galore Quilt Shop. The quilt can be viewed at the Threads Galore Quilt Shop showroom when not on exhibit at an event.

Tickets are $20 each; sales limited to 250 tickets. To order tickets by mail, send name/address/telephone number, with a check payable to Rangeley Friends of the Arts, to Threads Galore Quilt Shop, PO Box 219, Rangeley, ME 04970. You may include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and your portion of the raffle ticket will be mailed to you.

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