CALUMET - With food pantries struggling due to the economic downturn, the Sandstone Piecemakers Quilt Guild decided to help out in their own way.
The guild is holding a quilt show and raffle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Keweenaw Heritage Center in Calumet to benefit the CLK Food Pantry.
"One of our goals as a nonprofit is to give back," quilt show organizer and Sandstone Piecemakers member Millie Little said. "We give back to the community by picking something that needs the money. ... We know the food pantry needs money, so we decided to do the CLK Food Pantry as the beneficiary."
The grand prize of the raffle - which are $1 per ticket to participate in - is a king-sized, hand-quilted Lone Star quilt worked on by the Sandstone Piecemakers.
"One person sewed the tops together, and the whole group worked on it," Little said. "Generally it takes about a year to make a quilt from the inception and idea to the time the quilt is completely done."
Second prize for the raffle is a Lone Star wall hanging, and drawings will be held every half-hour for gift boxes from local businesses. People must be in attendance to win the half-hour raffles, but not the first and second prizes.
Numerous quilts from the Sandstone Piecemakers will also be on display at the show, which is $4 for admission.
"The quilt show is a way to show our work," Little said.
Among the quilters at the show will be 93-year-old Alice Paquette. Paquette is a long-time quilter who has made more than 40 quilts to donate to those who need it, and will be honored at the show for all she's done for the community. Refreshments will also be available.
The Sandstone Piecemakers is a group open to anyone learning to quilt or who knows how to quilt. Monthly meetings are held the second Saturday of the month.
For more information about the show or the Sandstone Piecemakers, call Little at 337-1869. The Keweenaw Heritage Center is located at the corner of 5th and Scott streets in Calumet.