Skillful fingers blanket hospice with handmade generosity


August 25, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MARLENE Stivers and her talent for sewing beautiful handmade quilts are well-known in the area. This is the third year she has used this talent to raise money for Hospice of the Chesapeake by offering one of her quilts in a raffle. But this year, in addition to her own, there are two other quilts to raffle because she enlisted the help of more than 100 ladies in several quilting guilds.

Stivers' favorite method of selling chances has been to go out in public. She and volunteers from the hospice have traveled all over, standing in front of businesses, going to festivals and garden centers. She was even seen with her table and poster set up on the sidewalk of Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center. The winning tickets will be drawn Sept. 14 at Hospice Cup XXI. This event is the United States' largest charity regatta, and it will be held in Annapolis.

"This has been a yearlong project for me, but I've enjoyed it," Stivers said. Her quilt is the first-place prize and features a creative motif of lighthouses and a beach scene with soft blues and beiges.

Stivers said the Friendship Quilters, Eternal Quilters and Great Circle Quilters groups worked together on the second prize. It is composed of 42 mariner's compass blocks of red, white and blue. "It is one of the hardest patterns to do," Stivers said.

The third-prize quilt was made by the Downs Park Quilters. It is called a star quilt and is made with scraps of material. Each square features a different color star and was sewn by individual club members. Club member Lila Foote assembled the squares and quilted the pieces with a flowered pattern on the opposite side.

Stivers didn't start quilting until after she retired. She first joined the Downs Park Guild but said she is mostly self-taught. Now she belongs to six guilds. "I enjoy each one because they are all so different," she said.

Stivers became interested in helping the hospice a few years ago when she belonged to the Linthicum Lions Club and someone from hospice spoke to the members about the program. The Lions Club also did volunteer work, installing a water garden in the rear of the hospice home in Linthicum.

"It just touched my heart when I read some of the letters families sent to the hospice thanking them for their care," she said.

Stivers said she has been working closely with Hank Lawton, chairman of the Anne Arundel County and Prince George's County Hospice of the Chesapeake. So far this year she has turned in more than $6,300 in raffle ticket proceeds.

Raffle tickets are still available, and Stivers and hospice volunteers will be selling them at these locations: Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today; Angels Grocery Store, 4681 Mountain Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 1; Sam's Club Annapolis, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.

AARP meeting

Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of the AARP will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 118 Marydell Road.

A social hour with refreshments will start at noon. The program will begin at 12:45 p.m. and the business meeting at 1:30 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Bob Abel, past member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity and coordinator with local churches for that organization.

The chapter will hold "Christmas in August" for the North County Emergency Outreach Network. Participants are asked to bring canned goods or a monetary contribution for the organization, which provides relief for the needy.

Members who do volunteer work in the community are reminded to provide the number of hours to Irene Hannigan who is keeping track for AARP.

Information: Paul Bagley, 410-255-2601.

Garden club potluck

The Ferndale Garden Club will start its 2002-2003 season with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd.

Carolyn Seefeld, this year's president, said the programs for the coming year will be announced. The club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Guests are welcome.

Information: Carolyn Seefeld, 410-987-1771.

Craft show today

The North Glen Fall Festival and Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today on the grounds of the North Glen Improvement Association, 303 Wellham Ave.

The day will feature carnival games, a silent auction, field games, a home run derby, a bake sale and concession stands. Demonstrations by a local karate group and a cheerleading team also will be presented.

Proceeds will benefit recreational baseball and softball leagues.

Entertainment books

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights has launched its sale of Entertainment 2003 books.

Proceeds benefit the club's community and educational projects.

Book owners can save up to 50 percent on fine, casual and informal dining; hotels throughout the world; movies; sporting events; and cultural attractions. Discounts are offered on air fares cruises, car rentals, dry cleaning, car washes, video rentals and more. The greater Baltimore area books are $25.

Also available by order are more than 150 out-of-town editions.

The 2003 books can be used immediately and are valid through Nov. 1, 2003. This year's books are valid through Nov. 1.

Books will be on sale through Dec. 31 or until they are sold out.

Information: Anne Skillman, 410-859-1082.

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