Win a quilt at Broom Mother’s Day breakfast |

Win a quilt at Broom Mother’s Day breakfast

Irises glow indigo to lavender to a cloudy blue, some washed with pale green or faint yellow, each delicate as a watercolor. Tendrils of leaves curl around the blossoms. Flowers float on gentle waves, quieting the eye. This traditional Hawaiian quilt is centered with flowers of batiked cotton, its tiny stitches rippling across the pale field to a deep green border dancing with more painted blossoms. This quilt is one of more than 120 made by local artist Mary Moore, a newcomer to the foothills who has exhibited at three prestigious international quilt shows.

Comforting stitches of Mary’s mother and grandmother’s quilts surrounded her from an early age. Mary describes napping under their quilts as a child: “I would draw together my favorite squares, the prettiest fabrics that seemed to belong together, arranging them before I fell asleep.”

That impulse to comfort is present in Mary’s work today. She and her mother have hand-stitched 12 bed quilts to be given to a Ronald McDonald House. It’s hard to imagine, fingering the fine quilts with their meticulous stitching, that Mary could part with another, but that’s exactly what’s coming up. Hearing a recent community conversation about a quilt for the North San Juan Fire Department’s raffle, Mary offered the purple iris quilt for the Mother’s Day Breakfast fund-raiser. Nancy Lorenz, Fire Auxiliary president, says members were “delighted to have such an exquisite quilt donated to the annual raffle.”

Mary is bubbling with ideas, eager to move into the next new project. Perhaps that makes it easier for her to pass on her quilts to the community. With the purchase of one raffle ticket, a lucky someone will own this work that calls up generations of quilters settling in for long hours with needles flying. As irises open throughout gardens and wild places in the great valley, Mary’s Hawaiian iris quilt reflects our landscape.

Note: Tickets for this quilt that is being raffled off are also for sale Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the California Native Plant Society Wildflower Show and Sale, Sierra College in Rocklin.

Event: The 44th Annual Mother’s Day Scotch Broom Breakfast, Raffle and Plant Sale

When: Sunday, May 8

Time: 8 a.m. to noon

Where: North San Juan Fire Hall No. 1 on Reservoir Street in North San Juan

Details: All you can eat pancakes, ham and eggs, coffee and juice breakfast. Raffle of many fine items (ceramics, jewelry, gift certificates, etc.) Grand prize: A beautiful 84 x 84 handmade quilt by local quilter Mary Moore. Raffle tickets: $1 each or six for $5. Giant spring plant sale. Gra-Neva’s local Model A car club will display vintage automobiles. A complimentary favor for each Mother attending.

Cost of Breakfast: Adults – $5 and children under 12 – $3. 100 percent of net proceeds directly benefit our local firefighters.

Contact Pat Leach (292-3133), Nancy Lorenz (265-9178) or Marilyn Mociun (292-3550) for more information.

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