|“The Quilter’s Library” will be raffled off on October 13 at Fort Verde Days, with proceeds to be donated to the Camp Verde Community Library. VVN/Bill Helm|
|Jeannette Teets of Camp Verde is one of seven ladies who made a quilt to be raffled off on Oct. 13 at Fort Verde Days. Proceeds from the quilt will be donated to the Camp Verde Community Library. VVN/Bill Helm|
CAMP VERDE - A quilt is not a quilt until it's been quilted. Or so Jeannette Teets of Camp Verde says.
Teets, a boardmember with the Camp Verde Library Endowment, and six friends, recently created a quilt designed as a bookshelf. The coverlet, dubbed "The Quilter's Library," will be raffled off on Oct. 13 at Fort Verde Days, with proceeds to be donated to the Camp Verde Community Library.
"I have sewn ever since I was a little girl," Teets says. "I once took a beginning quilting class in Sedona. I have been quilting ever since."
Teets and her friends, Willie Bible, Karen Crowder, Sue Gordon, Peg Miller, Vicki Norman and Jeanett Salyers, served on the committee for the 2012 Fort Verde Days quilt show. According to Teets, the ladies, all quilters, had wanted to make a quilt to be displayed at last year's quilt show. When they realized that they did not have enough time to make a quilt, they decided to make a quilt for this year's show. But making the intricate quilt was not easy, she says.
"It was challenging, even for the most experienced quilters," Teets says. "Everything is made from fabric."
Miller, now 80 years of age, says she has been making quilts since she was 9 years old.
"It was really lots of fun," Miller says about helping make the quilt. "I enjoyed making all the things we put on it. It was very different. We all made a joint effort to make it the way we wanted."
"There was a lot of love that went into this quilt," says library specialist Alice Gottschalk. "They thought long and hard before they put the quilt together. It's beautiful. I'm so proud of this quilt"
The ladies worked together on the quilt, one day each week, for three months. Their goal was to complete the quilt prior to this year's Denim and Lace fund-raiser. Teets says that since Denim & Lace is the library's biggest fundraiser, she was hoping to sell raffle tickets at the annual event.
"We're so anxious for this library," Teets says of the plans to build the new library. "We've been waiting so many years. People are talking about the library. In my opinion, a library is the hub of a town."
"I've loved libraries ever since I was a kid," Teets says. "I love the smell of a library. I love the feel of a library. Everybody is usually so happy at the library. For people who don't have the Internet, they can come use the Internet. They can come learn how to use computers. The information hub of the Town, I think."
The quilt is currently on display at the library. Teets says the quilt will also be on display at Quilter's Quarters in Cottonwood and at the Quilter's Store in Sedona prior to the raffle.
"Several of us have bought raffle tickets for our own quilt," Teets says. "If one of us would happen to win it, our plan is to donate the quilt to the library so it would hang in the new library permanently."