One-of-a-kind Relay t-shirt quilt up for bids

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Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick The Presbyterian Crusaders Relay For Life team is taking bids on a one-of-a-kind Relay-themed t-shirt quilt. Representing the team are: (from left) quilt maker Marjorie Hopkins, London First Presbyterian Church pastor Rev. Gordon Johnson, and co-captains Jeffrey and Cheryl Baltzer.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
The Presbyterian Crusaders Relay For Life team is taking bids on a one-of-a-kind Relay-themed t-shirt quilt. Representing the team are: (from left) quilt maker Marjorie Hopkins, London First Presbyterian Church pastor Rev. Gordon Johnson, and co-captains Jeffrey and Cheryl Baltzer.

(Posted May 5, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A rummage sale find has become a colorful fundraiser for the Madison County Relay For Life.

Last June, Mavis Eckstein donated a pile of Relay t-shirts to the annual London First Presbyterian rummage sale. Eckstein has participated in the Relay, an event that benefits the American Cancer Society, for many years, initially as a supporter and more recently as a cancer survivor.

A rummage sale volunteer saw the pile of shirts and immediately thought of fellow church member and quilter Marjorie Hopkins. From that, the idea to create a Relay t-shirt quilt was born.

“There were only two shirts missing from all the years the Relay has been held. We called around to fill in the gaps and ended up with some shirts of different colors, too,” Hopkins said.

Among the shirts is a green one emblazoned with the words “Anne’s Army” in honor of church member Anne Slanker who lost her battle to cancer in 2011.

“The church paid for the material, I sewed it together, and it was quilted by a (Madison County) senior center quilter, Chris Hart. So, it was a group effort,” Hopkins said.

The queen-sized quilt is on display outside the sanctuary at London First Presbyterian. Anyone is welcome to place a bid on the quilt from now until the first night of Relay. This year’s Relay for Life will take place June 13-14 at London High School.

London First Presbyterian Church is located at 211 Garfield Ave. For more information about bidding on the quilt, contact Marjorie Hopkins at (740) 852-6759 or the church at (740) 852-1215.

For more information about this year’s Madison County Relay For Life, go to relayforlife.org and enter “London, Ohio” in the search box.

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