Local quilters to raffle off large quilt for Save the Family

The quilt created for the Save the Family fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

The quilt created for the Save the Family fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

The East Valley Quilting Queens, a group of local quilters, invested 75 hours into creating a large quilt for a Save the Family fundraiser.

Save the Family is a Mesa-based nonprofit that provides transitional housing for homeless families with children and creates a pathway to jobs for self sufficiency.

“We toured Save the Family and were very impressed with the services they provide, and we love the way they hold the people who come through there accountable,” said Sheila Pulford, one of the quilters who contributed to the 75 collective hours it took to create the 88-by-94 inch quilt.  “It was quite a process.  We contributed everything from the fabric to the batting and the sewing. When we came up with the idea for the design, we shared the work with some cutting out the design, some sewing and others ironing.”

The group is now working on 80 pillowcases and baby quilts for the organization to give to families accepted into the program.

Save the Family is offering the opportunity to own the quilt through the Save the Family Mother’s Day Quilt Raffle.  Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20.  Complete registration information is available at www.savethefamily.org/events.  The winner will be chosen on May 1.

Made from beautiful batik fabric in a Carpenter’s Star pattern, the queen size comforter was hand-cut, pieced and stitched together by Ms. Pulford, Janie Badger, Becky Lamson, Candy Schadle, Beverly Stevenson and Diane Weldon.  They began working as a team five years ago while taking a quilting class at Mulqueen’s Sewing Center in Mesa, a retail store they still call home.

“We have all made quilts for charities in other groups, but decided a couple of years ago to focus our effort on one single charity,” said Ms. Pulford, who knew about Save the Family while working at AT&T until her retirement. The group wanted a nonprofit organization that was local to where they all lived which includes Mesa, Fountain Hills and Sun Lakes.

Working on this quilt involved what Ms. Pulford called “sew days” which ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in addition to regular two-hour get-togethers every other Friday.

“What makes this gift to Save the Family particularly heart warming is how deeply the Quilting Queens believe in our mission because they know that everyone has been touched by someone whose family has landed on hard times,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor.  “We are very grateful.”

For more information about Save the Family, visit www.savethefamily.org.

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