Quilts and Fixins owner Jean Lowery works on the stitches in a quilt she is making for her store’s annual Dogs and Cats Quilt Sale fundraiser for the Clayton County Humane Society. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)
JONESBORO — A group of women sat together in a back room at Quilts and Fixins in Jonesboro Friday morning and talked about travel to help pass the time while they worked with pins and needles.
The eight quilters talked about passing through the Panama Canal, visiting Italy and how interesting it would be to see the Galapagos Islands. Most of the time, it was Alison Hough leading the conversation as she recounted her travel tales as she worked with fabric that had puppies named Fido on it.
As the group chatted, they picked up patches of fabric and pinned them together. Some of them sewed patches together. Others ironed out long panels that they had made.
“This is my social network,” said Hough.
The ladies were gathered at Quilts and Fixins to make items to be sold at the store’s upcoming quilt sale fundraiser for the Clayton County Humane Society. The 10th annual Dog and Cat Quilt Sale will be held June 7, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Quilts and Fixins, 7986 North Main St., in Jonesboro.
In recent years, the sale has raised about $16,000 annually for the shelter. The money is used by the Humane Society to pay for operations at their facility in Jonesboro.
“I can’t go in the shelter because it just makes me sad to see all of those animals who need to be adopted,” said quilter Jan Danielson. “But I feel like I’m helping here by making quilts.”
Quilts and Fixins owner Jean Lowery said the store is trying out some different items for this year’s sale. They’ll still have lots of quilts, but many of them will be larger than the usual size sold at past sales, she said.
“The bigger quilts bring in more money,” said Lowery.
Lowery also said quilters have made bags, purses, pillows, baby burp pads and cold soak ties that retain water and can be wrapped around the neck of a person or a pet to keep them cool.
Lowery said she’s already begun selling the baby burp pads for $5 a piece to get a head start on the sale. The items, which were made by a woman in Quilts and Fixins quilting network, have been selling well so far, Lowery said.
“She made so many of them that we knew we couldn’t sell them all the day of the sale, so we’ve just started selling them early,” said Lowery.
Raffle tickets for dog and cat shaped bird houses are also on sale now at the store. Lowery said the birdhouses were made by a craftsman in Kentucky and residents can buy tickets before the day of the sale for $1 per ticket or $5 for a group of six tickets. The raffle winner will be picked the day of the sale, she said.
Lowery added that sports fans can also expect to see items featuring patterns for a limited number of college teams — mostly Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn — at the sale.
“We sell a good bit of Georgia Tech and Auburn items, but Georgia items are the big seller,” said Lowery.
And selling quilts is a big part of why the quilters work so hard to get ready for the sale. While they have fun getting together and sharing stories as they sew, they keep in mind that there is a cause to be supported here.
“It’s a social gathering, but you know it’s going to help the animals,” said quilter Madeline Brown.