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The ongoing Quilt Contest at Sir’s Fabrics in Fayetteville has raised $400 thus far for the 47th annual Lincoln County Toy Drive, a Christmas campaign benefiting underprivileged children up to the age of 12.
Sir’s launched the contests last month with the idea of accomplishing two objectives – one, showcasing beautiful works created by talented Quilters, and two, raising money for the toy drive.
“Voting will continue through at least mid-December,” said Ken Mackay of Sir’s, noting that anyone can cast their vote in the contest for $1 per ballot – the dollar goes to the Lincoln County Toy Drive, spearheaded by the Fayetteville Rotary Club, Fayetteville Fire Department and The Elk Valley Times.
“I never thought we’d have this big of a response to our first quilt contest,” he continued, noting that more than 20 quilts have been entered in the competition. Those quilts remain on display at the store, so that voters can make their picks. “Everyone of these quilts are beautiful and different.
“We even had two ladies from Ohio, who shop with us, and they said to me, we’re going to enter, because you’re raising money for the toy drive. And together they said, almost at the same time, ‘and mine’s the best!’
“And another one of our Quilters who entered is buying back her quilt and giving the money to the toy drive,” he added, noting that some of those participating may consider selling their quilts. “If someone is interested in buying a quilt, I’ll take their information and give it to the person who made the quilt.”
One of the entries features the storefront of Sir’s Fabrics itself. That quilt, she’s donating to the store.
Two categories of quilts are being judged – one being Hand Quilt and another being the Machine Quilt. Among those, a third award, the Sir’s Employees’ Choice Award, will be awarded.
In the Hand Quilt category, first prize will be a Brother Simplicity sewing machine and $25 Sir’s gift certificate. Second place prize will be a $50 Sir’s gift certificate and a set of twin scissors, and third place prize will be a $25 Sir’s gift certificate and set of twin scissors.
In the Machine Quilt category, first prize will be a Brother sewing machine and a $25 Sir’s gift certificate. The second place prize will be a $50 Sir’s gift certificate and a set of twin scissors, and third place will be a $25 Sir’s gift certificate and a set of twin scissors.
After the first, second and third place winners have been selected in the two categories, all remaining entries will be judged by Sir’s employees, and one prize will be awarded. The recipient will win a Brother Simplicity sewing machine and a $25 Sir’s gift certificate.
Sir’s Fabrics is located on North Elk Avenue in Fayetteville.