The Community Thrift Store, on the Mason Square, receives regular donations of items to sell which helps the store continue to ‘give back’ to the community through grants awarded by the Mason Community Foundation. These donations range from everyday household goods and clothing to those of particular value.
A recent donation was an unusual item of historic interest, a handmade Signature Quilt from 1941, signed by 30 members of the Fredonia Quilting Club. The full-size decorative bed cover was quilted by hand after the individual hand sewn squares were assembled, with each crafter embroidering their name on their own handiwork. The quilt is in remarkably good condition, with no frays and little staining and obviously well taken care of for the past 73 years!
It may have been intended as a Friendship Quilt for another resident and is an excellent example of how the families of these rural areas held in esteem their sense of ‘community’. It is now fitting that it has found its way to the Community Thrift Store!
Some of the surnames embroidered include Barber, Brown, Capps, Daugherty, Dendy, Ellison, Farmer, George, Holt, Latham, Leach, McDowell, McMillan, McMurry, McWilliams, Miller, Nixon, Poyner, Simon and Wells.
The store is currently featuring select items to be offered by Silent Auction, where interested patrons place their bids and at the close of auction (usually two weeks), the highest bidder wins.
This Signature Quilt is scheduled for the next Silent Auction, to begin on Monday, June 30 and continue until Friday, July 11. Stop in to admire this glimpse into the Fredonia past and marvel at the handwork that went into its creation! Descendants of these ladies might particularly enjoy seeing this quilt and perhaps taking it home to keep as their newest heirloom!