The group’s fundraising efforts consist entirely of making and selling tickets for a chance to win a quilt, lovingly crafted each year by the members. Proceeds are given as scholarships to graduating Downieville High School students each June. In February 2015, a committee of the club’s members pieced last year's beauty together, and Peggy Daigle expertly quilted it on a long-arm machine.
The gorgeous 2015 Opportunity quilt was an 1860s Period Reproduction Quilt, designed by Paula Barnes. Inspired by the Greystone House in Upperville, Virginia that was deeded to George Washington by Lord Fairfax and later in the center of many Civil War skirmishes, Barnes' design evokes the deep history of the area. The fabrics are all reproductions of fabrics used during the Civil War era.
With dusty blue and gradations of barn red, the 2015 Opportunity Quilt was both geometric yet soft on the eyes, and exceptionally rich.
The drawing for the quilt was held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM, after the close of the 2015 bi-annual Quilt Show at the Downieville Community Hall. The lucky winner of the drawing was our very own member Betsy Cammack, who assisted in putting the quilt together, and was surprised and thrilled to discover how happily the quilt harmonized with her Navajo rugs at home.