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Annual sale attracts quilt, animal lovers

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats 
Sisters Patricia Hughes of Macon (l) and Elizabeth Patrick of Cartersville look over the merchandise at Saturday’s quilt sale. They said they were shopping for friends who are animals lovers.

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Sisters Patricia Hughes of Macon (l) and Elizabeth Patrick of Cartersville look over the merchandise at Saturday’s quilt sale. They said they were shopping for friends who are animals lovers.

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — Naomi Murphy loves animals and quilts so Saturday's annual sale to benefit the Clayton County Humane Society was a win-win for the Gainesville student.

Murphy, 8, browsed Quilts & Fixins with her nana, Wanda Warford. Shop owner Jeanne Lowery is a major supporter of the humane society.

Warford is teaching Murphy to quilt.

"She just started quilting and made her first one a couple of months ago," said Warford.

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Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Naomi Murphy, 8, of Gainesville shows off the pillow she bought during Saturday’s sale. The novice quilter did her shopping with her nana, Wanda Warford of Zebulon.

They are both animal lovers and dog owners. They stood in line Saturday to buy pillows adorned with pooches.

"All our dogs are rescues," said Warford. "We've gotten them from the shelter, the side of the road, someone threw one over our fence once. It's heartbreaking. I know I can't take in any more."

It is out of her love for animals that Warford makes the drive up from Zebulon to Jonesboro every year for the quilt sale. The fundraiser helps the no-kill shelter feed and house about 130-160 abandoned cats and dogs. Its annual yard sale has been rained out twice this spring but is set for Saturday at Jonesboro High School.

The sale started at 9 a.m. and by 10 a.m., the bulk of the merchandise had been sold. Joann Gorrell of Fayetteville got there early to snag a baby quilt and a piece for her guest room.

"I come every year," she said. "I just love the people who run the shop, they've always helped me with my quilts. And I love animals. I always tell my friends about this shop."

Geneva Puras of Dacula shopped with friends Joni Bartels of Stockbridge and Karen O'Neal of Lawrenceville. Puras has six cats and four birds. O'Neal volunteers for three rescue shelters.

"I'm getting things to donate for a silent auction," she said.

Sisters Elizabeth Patrick of Cartersville and Patricia Hughes of Macon find the sale a great place to meet and shop for friends.

"We came two years ago and just loved it," said Patrick. "Jonesboro is a great halfway meeting place for us. We also like quilting."

The women bought animal-themed items for friends.

"We're also supporting the humane society," said Hughes. "They've got a lot of nice things."

This year's offerings expanded beyond cats and dogs,however. There was an entire corner devoted to the red and black of rabid University of Georgia fans and quilts of varying colors and patterns that had nothing to do with animals.

For more information on the upcoming yard sale, low-cost spaying or neutering, to make a donation or to volunteer, call the shelter at 770-471-9436.