Quilting pieces of history helps museum raise funds

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Crafted item madeout of love for late sister-in-law who first cut out pieces for quilt

Elda Lowther has made more than 400 quilts in her life, but this one was special.

Quilting pieces of history helps museum raise funds

AMHERST Elda Lowther has made more than 400 quilts in her life, but this one was special.

The new quilt, now being raffled by the Cumberland County Museum, contains pieces of fabric plates cut out by her sister-in-law, the late Frances Lowther.

The museum called me and wanted to know if wed do it, said the vibrant 88-year-old.

But by the time it came in, the woman that was going to help me had a sore hand. So I had to do it all alone.

The quilt was made up from pieces donated to the museum by Beryl Glover, Betty Harrison, Hattie Hubley and the late Frances Lowther. Sisters, Hattie and Frances used to help their mother cutting round plates of different colours of cotton material.

When Frances passed away in 1999, Hubley donated the cut out pieces and other scraps of material to Harrison, who offered them to Glover to donate to the museum. Alice Angus decided to make use of these small hand-sewn plates and appliquéd them on to blocks to form a quilt.

It was quilted by Lowther in three weeks.

Quilting is a skill that is part of Cumberland Countys history and needs to be passed on, according to Cumberland County museum curator Barb Thompson, who said all the work that has gone into this quilt is much appreciated by those at the museum.

Quilts always seem to be good fundraisers and this is a perfect raffle for the museum because it suits our theme of history, said Thompson. Were very lucky Elda generously offered to do it. It wouldnt have happened without her.

Museum volunteers will be busy selling tickets for the next few months. The winning ticket will be drawn on May 29 at 8 p.m. Funds raised will go towards the operation of the museum.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Museum

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