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'Star Struck' project benefits elderly in Mt. Pleasant area

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Linda Harkcom | For The Independent-Observer
Pictured from left to right, first row, Jacobs Creek Faith in Action volunteers Patricia Walker and Carol Gray of Scottdale and in the second row, volunteer Linda Howe of Dawson, program coordiner Melaney Hegyes, Hearts and Hands Quilt Guild president.

For the third straight year, members of the Hearts and Hands Quilt Guild have given of their time and skills to create a beautiful quilt to be auctioned off to benefit the Jacobs Creek Area Faith in Action.

At a recent meeting at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Scottdale, members of the Hearts and Hands Quilt Guild presented the quilt to Melaney Hegyes, FIA program director and site coordinator, and JCAFIA volunteers.

“We appreciate that other community organizations are willing to partner with us, because it demonstrates they also care for the elderly. The Hearts Hands Quilt Guild recognizes that our services are direly needed in our aging community, and this is a great way for JCA Faith in Action to raise necessary funds,” Hegyes said.

President Jamie Kepple of South Greensburg said about 15 members worked 10 hours to create the queen-size, 98-inch-square quilt. She said sewing machines were used to create the quilt and Debbie Kratochvil of Debbie's Quilting also did long-arm work on the piece.

“It's a good cause. St. Paul's is involved with Faith In Action and this is the church we meet at and they are really good to us here,” Kepple said.

The multi-colored quilt which has many shades of blues, purples and greens among others is called “Star Struck.” It was made from Batik Fabrics.

“We looked at what fabrics we had available and we went from there, choosing our pattern,” said guild Treasurer Shelbey Linsnemayer of Greensburg.

The quilt will be raffled off April 30. Tickets are $3 each with two chances to win on each ticket. The money raised will go to JCAFIA programs, which help area seniors live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Hegyes said the group usually raises around $900 for the quilts the group has donated in the past.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 724-542-4117 or emailing Tickets also are available at The Country Pie Shoppe in Mt. Pleasant.

The quilt also will be displayed at the JCAFIA's annual Spring Sparkle Dinner and Show on April 13 at the Scottdale Firemen's Club.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.