This year, the Piecemakers Quilt Luncheon was held Saturday, Oct. 6 with Sharon Kennedy, as the featured speaker. Kennedy runs an internet business, Country Heirlooms Appliqué Guilt Patterns and Supplies and was assisted by her daughter, Carrie Lenhart, a Louisa resident and kindergarten teacher at Moss-Nuckols Elementary School.
Debbie White announced that the annual quilt and crafter’s luncheon will be called the Gail Martin Quilt and Craft Luncheon in honor of deceased member, Gail Martin. White welcomed luncheon attendees with a tribute, describing Gail as G for genuine, A for always there with open arms, I for interesting, and L for loving and caring.
Jeanne Garrison won a quilt at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) national convention in Reno, Nevada, which was designed by Gail who played a leading role in making it prior to her death in December 2011. The quilt was completed by other Piecemakers including Kim Zetterstrom, Linda LaPlace, Linda Olson, Joan Mazza and Marilyn Root, as well as NARFE members in other states following Gail’s death.
The quilt raised $3,000 to benefit the Federal Employee Education and Assistance fund and Garrison gave the quilt to Gail’s husband, Bill.
“I just felt that they were such a devoted couple and he just deserved to have it,” she said.