To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts in the United States, The Capital Quilters, Raleigh, partnered with Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, which serves 33,000 girls in 41 eastern North Carolina counties. The quilt guild created two raffle quilts –an oversized queen and large lap quilt.
“In 2008, Capital Quilters began partnering with an annually selected non-profit, and member’s donated their time and talent to create a queen-size quilt raffled to raise funds for both organizations. Additionally, the CQG hosts a Boutique that features all hand-sewn items like aprons, e-reader covers, tote bags, and decorator items. A live Quilt Auction of over 50 quilts adds to the fun at Wake County’s Heritage Day, October 6 at Historic Oak View County Park,” said Cathy Kirk, the founder of the CQG Committee who energizes the dozens of volunteers who support this program. All raised funds are added to sales from the quilt raffle held October 22 following the State Fair, where the quilt is placed in competition. Last year’s entry won First Place for a Group Quilt.
According to Kirk, her co-chair for this year, Deirdre Jersey, Willow Spring, visited the Savannah birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded Girl Scouts in 1912 after her friend, Lord Robert Baden- Powell, asked her to start a program for the 5,000 girls that were trying to sign up for Boy Scouts.
“While there were several quilts in the Low home, we decided on a pattern called Wild Rice by Country Threads because in times past, the region around Savannah was known for its rice production. It features blue and white reproduction fabrics of the period and allows the quilted daisies to be prominent. Coincidently, Ms. Low’s family nicknamed her ‘Daisy’,” said Jersey adding that Kirk, who operates The Quilting Cowgirl in Cary donated hours of time to coordinate the quilt construction with 15 volunteers who made blocks and completed the quilt. The larger quilt has been named, “Daisy of Savannah” with the second quilt titled “Little Daisy.” Kirk added that the second quilt is a bonus for ticket buyers because it was needed for an event last January before the larger quilt was complete.
“Guild members are actively selling tickets in their neighborhoods, at large quilt shows hosted in Hampton, Virginia and Raleigh and at local festivals including Spring Daze in Cary, Celebrate Fuquay-Varina and Lazy Daze in Cary,” said Kirk. Additionally, the Girl Scout Stores in Raleigh , Fayetteville and Goldsboro also have tickets available.
“Many of us were Girl Scouts, and we know the benefits of their program,” said Jersey.
To purchase raffle quilt tickets ($1 each of 6 for $5), call Cathy Kirk, 919-469-5378, Deirdre Jersey, 919-815-7317 or Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines at (919) 782-3021.