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A quilt pieced by three Gustavus women to raise money for the Gustavus Recycling Center is featured in the "Quilting Bee" section of the November issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.
Anne Gibson, Shelly Webb and Jamie Ogilvy of Gustavus created the quilt top in March 2000, a winter month when bright colors are welcome. The trio was inspired by a quilt called "Keep the Home Fires burning" which they saw in a previous issue of the magazine. The appliqued central panel of their quilt displays some of the scenic aspects of life in Gustavus: Wandering moose, large evergreen trees and snow-capped mountains.
"It was pretty detailed piecing," said Gibson, who with her husband Tom owns and operates Gusto Building Supply, the local hardware store. She grew up in Juneau and moved to Gustavus in 1998.
The inner border is composed of alternating Ohio Star blocks and Gibson's personal version of the Split Rail Fence block. The colors of the stars and rails graduate from bright yellow at the top to deep red at the bottom of the rectangular, 38 by 54-inch wall quilt "because I like to play with colors," Gibson said.
The outer border repeats some of the same colors in alternating Pinwheel and Nine-Patch blocks. Bright blue sashing separates and sets off the inner and outer borders.
"It turned out great," Gibson said. "I didn't want to give it away, I had put so much time into it! But it was for a good cause." Several other local seamstresses helped with the hand-quilting after piecing of the top was complete, she added.
Gustavus, an unincorporated community of 370 people located near Glacier Bay National Park, has no fabric store. "We call Raintree Quilting (in Juneau) and they send us stuff. And we shop on-line or when we go outside we stock up," Gibson said.
The women sold raffle tickets for their handiwork. The raffle concluded on Labor Day 2000 and raised almost $4,000 - "which was great for our little community," Gibson said. The center recycles No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, aluminum and newspaper, which are sent by barge to Seattle. Recently the center purchased a glass crusher.
Copies of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine are available on local newsstands.
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