Making a quilt takes time, talent and patience — and dozens of the hand-sewn works of art that took thousands of hours to craft are going on the auction block today in central Iowa.
Jan McDermott coordinates the annual fundraiser for the Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp near Story City.
McDermott says there will be nearly 200 handmade, donated quilts that will be auctioned. Potential buyers can preview the quilts in the morning with a turkey luncheon starting at 11:30 A.M. and the auction beginning at 1 P.M. She says the quilt auction has a history dating back many years, while last year’s event drew a respectable amount of money.
It brought in more than $50,000, which she calls "amazing" and "generous." McDermott says the money goes directly to the operation of the camp, which hosts more than 1,700 campers over nine weeks of summer every year.
She says most of the money goes to pay for part of all of camp admission for children whose families can’t afford it. McDermott says, "We have made a promise to everyone that no child will ever be turned away because of finances." For more information on the Riverside Quilt Auction, log on to www.riversidelbc.org .