Food Bank of the Albemarle is blessed throughout the year with many charitable donations, from food drives to large monetary donations. Recently, the Food Bank was offered a chance to hold a drawing for a beautiful handmade quilt by local artist Jackie Howard.
Mrs. Howard has been quilting for almost 40 years, and truly enjoys her work.
“Most of the time, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them (the quilts),” Mrs. Howard said. “They’re like puzzles, and I like puzzles. I put the pieces together and make something beautiful.”
While most of the quilts she makes are completed within a few months, the quilt she donated to raise money for the Food Bank started life decades ago in the 1960s, by another artist.
The lady who originally started the quilt design died, and the family passed on her work. Jackie Howard took up the challenge of finishing the quilt. Mrs. Howard says that only about 2% of the quilt’s design had been completed, and decided to finish the quilt because she loves the work, and especially the design.
“I think it’s such a beautiful design,” she says. “It took me about two months to finish. My favorite part of the process is probably the quilting; that’s what holds it together.”
Mrs. Howard says she truly enjoys quilting and makes many throughout the year to benefit various charities she loves.
“I could give a quilt for a drawing, and the Food Bank could make a lot more than I could give to the Food Bank in a year’s time,” she says. “I’ve also made full size quilts for other charities that have raised a lot of money,” she adds. “There’s an awful lot of hungry people (out there).”
Tickets for the quilt by Jackie Howard can be purchased at Food Bank of the Albemarle located at 109 Tidewater Way, Elizabeth City, NC or at the Hugh Cale Community Center at 524 S. Road St., Elizabeth City, NC. Tickets are $2 each, or 6 for $10. All proceeds from the sale of the quilt will go towards hunger-relief efforts across northeastern North Carolina. The final drawing for the quilt will be on August 17, 2017.
For more information call 252-335-4035, or visit www.afoodbank.org
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