CROWN POINT | The first quilt to be raffled off by what would become the Heritage Quilters was created to help save the Old County Courthouse from demolition.
That makes it seemingly appropriate the guild will hold its 13th Bi-Annual Quilt Show shortly after the historic building's 135th birthday bash later this month.
The Quilting with Friends Quilt Show XIII will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Taft Junior High School in Crown Point.
"We truly represent the region," past President Gloria Kennedy, of Lowell, said of the more than 150 quilting guild members.
Women ranging in age from their 40s to 80s and from all walks of life and communities form the Heritage Quilters, Kennedy said.
"It's not unusual at any given meeting to have 90 to 95 women attending," she said.
Recognized now as an art form, quilting is represented in many genres by the Heritage Quilters, from the traditional to fabric artistry. Many members have produced award-winning creations.
"We have such a variety of quilts assembled. Some are modern. Some machine quilt and others hand quilt," Kennedy said.
This year's raffle quilt is the "Indiana Rose," a floral pink on white.
Beyond the guild's charitable effort on behalf of the courthouse, the Heritage Quilters regularly donate their talents and time to bring comfort to those needing it, a fact that makes Kennedy proud.
"We helped with a huge project called Quilts of Valor. They needed 91 quilts for servicemen and women returning from active duty in Afghanistan. Each got a quilt," she said.
The babies in the neonatal unit at Community Hospital in Munster regularly receive tiny quilts, while those at the Indiana Veterans Home in Lafayette annually look forward to their quilts.
"My mother still doesn't believe it," Kennedy said of her decision to quilt. "It's great satisfaction and rewarding beyond my imagination."
"I'm a hand quilter. The majority of those I've made are given to charity and as gifts to family," she said.
The guild meets at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month from after Labor Day to June at First United Methodist Church of Crown Point. Dues are $20, and new members are always welcome.
The nonprofit was established in 1976. For more information, visit the group's website at http://heritagequilters.com.