Residents piece history together Quilt raffle proceeds to benefit elderly

November 01, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing Writer

Imagine having a quilt that exemplifies everything historic and special in Carroll County.

Sharon Hooper, owner of The Yarn Basket in Westminster doesn't have to imagine. All she has to do is look up at the queen-size quilt that hangs from the ceiling at her Westminster business at 37 E. Main St.

The quilt, made up of 35 cross-stitched squares on a red background, has been carefully and lovingly crafted for a specific purpose.

"We are going to raffle off the quilt on Dec. 5 to raise money for a kitchen in the new Ridge Residences," said Mrs. Hooper. "Our original goal was to raise $5,000, and I think we will be able to do that easily. We had printed up 5,000 tickets, and they are going fast."

As of this week, 4,300 of the tickets had been sold, Mrs. Hooper said.

Mrs. Hooper has had The Yarn Basket for six years. She said she has always wanted her customers to make a quilt, and the idea of raising funds for Ridge Residences seemed to provide the perfect reason.

Ridge Residences Inc. in Westminster will provide 79 units for elderly, low-income elderly people.

"Bertha Shriner, who teaches tatting at my store, sits on the board of directors at Timber Ridge, and she was telling me about how HUD [the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development] couldn't cover the costs to put a new kitchen area in the new Ridge Residences," Mrs. Hooper said. "I have always wanted to do a quilt for a good reason . . . ."

In March, Mrs. Hooper got the idea of cross-stitching scenes of Carroll County as a theme for the quilt. With the help of about 27 customers, the 86-by-108-inch quilt was completed in September.

"We incorporated many scenes that we felt represented Carroll County," said Mrs. Hooper. "The Carroll County emblem is in the center of the quilt, and there are such historic sites as the Shriner Home in Union Mills, Baker Chapel at Western Maryland College, Carroll County General Hospital and City Hall.

"The seven churches which support Timber Ridge and Ridge Residences are also cross-stitched on the quilt. When we ran out of sites we came up with things like a cow, a horse rider, peaches, a combine and other things that make up Carroll County."

In addition, the names of those who made the quilt and businesses that made contributions are included on the quilt.

Mrs. Shriner, who helped with the quilt project, said, "We have to raise $200,000 for what HUD would not cover. We had borrowed the money from HUD to build Ridge Residences, and they said they would not fund a kitchen and a dining area.

"The building was started in the middle of January 1992, and it is supposed to be completed in late 1992."

Mrs. Hooper said support from businesses and her customers has been fantastic.

"It's the first time we have ever done anything like this. It's really awesome," she said. "The Yarn Basket supplied the fabric, Just Sew-Sew provided the backing for the quilt, Robert Porterfield did the photography, and Union National Bank printed up our tickets."

The drawing for the quilt will be at 4 p.m. at The Yarn Basket on Dec. 5. The price per ticket is $1.

Information: 848-7116

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