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Rainbow of color at Quilt Guild 10th anniversary show

By Veronica Burniston
A rainbow of quilts colored First Christian Church’s fellowship hall on Saturday, July 19, as the Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild displayed an assortment of spectacular handmade quilts.
Founded in March 2004 by Candice St. Lawrence and Susan Whitlock, the Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild is a “wonderfully diverse club” where the love of quilting draws local women together from all “walks of life” to fellowship with needle and thread.
“The Quilt Guild is about sharing the love of quilting,” Mona Alderson, the Quilt Guild President, remarked in an interview. “[It’s about] teaching each other and enjoying the fellowship of quilting.”
Although the club is not set up as a charitable foundation, the Guild annually donates one large quilt to help fundraise for local charities. This year the Guild contributed a king size quilt to the Hospital Foundation’s infant incubator fundraiser, which raised $2,200 at the “Taste of the Mountains Event” held at the RedTail Mountain Golf & Country Club this past March. In addition, in the previous year, the Guild provided more than seventy HUGS Quilts to people in need through organizations such as the local Red Cross, the Pregnancy Center, Safe Haven, and the Community Hospital.
During the rainy morning hours of the festival this past weekend, the Quilt Guild hosted their renowned Quilt Show, which opens during the Mountain City Sunflower Festival every two years. This year’s show included a variety of colorful and intricate quilts, seasonal wall hangings, exceptionally crafted purses, and an entire wall of themed quilt squares.
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