100-year quilt to be raffled at Tilton Library

  • Nancy Maynard with a quilt commemorative of Tilton Library’s 100th anniversary, Monday. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • A quilt commemorating Tilton Library's 100th anniversary, Monday, Sep. 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo—

  • A quilt commemorating Tilton Library's 100th anniversary, Monday, Sep. 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo—

For the Bulletin
Thursday, September 28, 2017

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A large quilt with 100 stars hand sewn into it, commemorating Tilton Library’s year-long 100th anniversary event, will be auctioned off next month.

The North Main Street library was dedicated in November 1916, built with money from the estate of local storekeeper Chauncey B. Tilton, cash raised by the South Deerfield Women’s Club and private donations, according to a press release.

“We thought, ‘wouldn’t it be fun to do 100 stars for 100 years?’” said Nancy Maynard, chairwoman of the North Main Street library’s Board of Trustees, sitting outside at a picnic table Sept. 18. Maynard and other local crafters made the quilt last year.

The quilt was first unveiled at a kickoff celebration last November. Since then, it has been displayed on a rack inside the library. Both will be raffled off next month. Tickets are available at the library.

“We wanted to have something all-encompassing, for the entire year,” Maynard said. In honor of its century mark, Tilton Library has featured historic talks, an ice cream social, and other community events.

The quilt is queen-sized, beige, 100 percent cotton, designed with a color palette and pattern popular in the early 1900s. “Flying geese,” or triangles, decorate the edge.

Over last summer, Maynard, Janet Uden, Janet Ward, Irene Price, Judy Rose, Grace Nowakoski, all local residents, sewed together the stars made from old clothing items onto fabric blocks. Then in the fall, the blocks were machine stitched together by Linda Zeitler, a Florence quilter.

With the raffle’s drawing upcoming, Maynard said they’re trying to sell more tickets.

“We need people to buy tickets. A lot of people have said they didn’t want to buy tickets because it’s too far away,” she continued. Proceeds fund library programs throughout the year.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the library for $1 each, six for $5, and 18 for $10. The raffle’s drawing will take place and a winner announced on Friday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow until 7, culminating the library’s year-long celebration.