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Fountain Rock quilt up for bids as fund-raiser

February 04, 1999

Fountain Rock QuiltBy BRUCE HAMILTON / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




A quilt could be a moneymaker for Fountain Rock Elementary School.

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A kindergarten teacher at the school had input from more than 300 students on the panels that she sewed together.

"This is a school-wide project," said Lois Schultz.

The quilt will be placed on the block at the school's annual auction on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Schultz is an accomplished seamstress whose work won a contest last summer. When she made another quilt two years ago, it fetched more than $400 at auction.

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This latest work includes different environmental scenes from each class between kindergarten and fifth grade.

Fourth-graders are studying the solar system so they depicted outer space.

The fifth grade is studying outdoor education, so that panel shows a stream with fish, Schultz said. Other panels show butterflies, teddy bears, apple trees and deserts with cacti.

"We tried to find fabrics that matched each theme," Schultz said.

Each student made a mark and signed his or her name.

"It's a nice quality product," said Principal Steven Bowers. "It's a memento of the school."

Fountain Rock's annual auction has been a tradition since 1971, according to Bowers. Last year, it raised more than $4,000. The money funds field trips, instructional materials and school programs, he said.

Schultz said she constructed a small quilt with her students several years ago. "It was just something I thought I'd like to do with my students."

Then she turned a pastime into a teaching tool, relating panels on the quilt to the curriculum in each class.

"I love to embroider," Schultz said. "That's my big-time hobby."

Last summer, a jacket she embroidered won a sewing machine in a contest sponsored by Bernina.

The quilt's materials cost about $100. The PTA donated half the cost and Schultz and fifth-grade teacher Linda Kuczynski paid for the rest.

The two teachers started work on the project before Christmas with the help of parent volunteers. They put in countless hours, according to Schultz.

"I was pleased with the product," she said. "I just want it to go for a good price. Hopefully somebody will really like it a lot."

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