Two quilts, created by Mason County artist and Artisan Gallery owner, Sue Kaan will be on display and up for silent auction beginning today at the First State Bank Central Texas in Mason. Sue donated the quilts to raise funds for a new fellowship hall for the Hilda United Methodist Church. The three local banks agreed to display the quilts and provide a locale to place bids. Last week the Mason Bank played host to the quilts, the week before, Commercial Bank.
Both quilts are useful as a throw or to decorate a wall. One of the quilts up for auction is the result of Sue finding a beautiful Parrot motif batik. The jewel-like colors inspired her to surround it with complimentary fabrics. The quilt is completely hand quilted. With this quilt, Sue hopes to convey rich color, a hand-crafted look and good design.
The second quilt is made in the so-called “Modern Quilting” design. The emphasis is fabric placement and quilting. Sue used machine sewing to create more drama with the outline of a fern motif on this quilt, with the rest of the materials in soft colors and hand stitched. The quilt is an experiment in an almost oriental look and feel.
It is hard to put price tags on quilts like these. Sue is hoping her work will raise money this time to help build a new fellowship hall for the church she is a member of, Hilda United Methodist. The current fellowship hall is the old parsonage, built in 1900. It houses, and will continue to house the pastor and church offices. With the church growing in attendance, there is no longer one single room large enough to hold everyone attending church meetings, dinners and other special events.
First State Bank Central Texas is located on the south side of the Mason Square across from the Sherriff’s Office. Lobby hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bid for the quilts starts at $75.00 for each. People may bid on one quilt or both. A bid can be placed as often as desired. The final day for bids is July 31st. The winner will be notified by phone.