Residents at English Village Manor in Altus recently participated in the Jackson County Free Fair where their handmade rag quilt took first place.
The average age of those working on the quilt was 80 to 90-years, many of whom once believed their arthritis or eyesight would prevent them from doing anything creative. Nevertheless, the quilters cut, placed, tied, and sewed the quilt themselves in the span of two months working a couple of hours a day.
“We had what amounted to an old-fashioned quilting bee,” Sue Tyce said. “We laughed and talked about quilts we’ve made in the past and about our lives. It was an enjoyable time, and one so many got involved in.”
Sue and many of the other residents have experience making quilts. Tyce wanted to see her fellow residents put their time and talents to use again and to inspire them to keep doing the things they enjoy. Entering the county fair seemed like as good an opportunity as any. With the help of Debbie Aguirre, the activity coordinator and staff at English Village Manor, the residents were able to do just that.
“It was really neat to see their quilt win first place at the fair,” Aguirre said. “They worked hard on it and enjoyed spending their time working on it together.”
Along with the quilt, residents submitted beadwork, artwork, woodworking projects, and other crafts for the Jackson County Fair. They placed third or better in all their submissions.
“We were the only senior center to enter the fair as a group, and that was an honor,” Tyce said. “And we’re already planning ahead for next year.”
Quilters who participated include Sue Tyce, Justice Seville, Billy price, Mary Anne Stedham, Patricia Foster, Kelly Perry, and Veronica Luper.
The English Village Quilters are accepting $1 donations for supplies for next year’s quilt and will be giving the handmade rag quilt away to a donor.
Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.