Cedar Bluff Quilters hold raffle

Staff Writer

The piecing and stitching of a hand-made quilt is becoming a lost art. Most people own a family heirloom that was created by a grandmother or great grandmother and was handed down. The ladies of the Cedar Bluff Quilters are keeping the tradition alive, and are more than happy to pass on their knowledge.
The group meets at 8 a.m. Thursday morning at the Cedar Bluff Community Center. In order to keep the building in good repair and to keep the electricity on, the ladies will raffle one of the beautiful quilts they stitch, each year. Tickets to win the quilt are $1 each or six for $5. Quilt raffles have allowed for plumbing repairs and a new roof in the past several years.

The community center was once a one-room school house. The building was later donated to the Cedar Bluff Community in 1960. It was then home to the Cedar Bluff Community Club, who was also responsible for its upkeep. The community club fell out of fashion and disbanded. Now it is also used as a voting precinct.
A group of area ladies who enjoyed the art of quilting began meeting in the building and using it for their quilting society.

"We meet at 8 a.m. every Thursday to quilt and visit," Carol Thomas said. "We would love to have some new people join us. We can teach anyone how to quilt. These quilts become heirlooms as quilting isn't something that young people know how to do today."
The Hunters Star Quilt also called a Martha Washington design, is king size and would fit in with any decor.
"The last raffle we held was in 2018," Thomas said. "This quilt is actually for 2019, so we will be having another raffle after this one for 2020. We will draw for the winner in the middle of October. We haven't set an exact date yet."

The quilts take the group approximately eight months each to create, and it is hoped it will bring in between $1,000 - $1,200.
"The electric bill took a huge jump recently," Peggy Wooten said. "That is what the proceeds go toward, that and upkeep and repairs to the building."
All of the fabric was donated to the group. The main cost is the time, patience and know-how that goes into making a quilt.
Tickets are available at Cannon's Corner in Cedar Bluff or visit Debbie White's Facebook page.