By Linda Dillman
A handmade quilt is helping the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society move one step closer to the restoration of a town landmark.
A dozen members of Quilters on the Canal spent two months creating the quilt, which features colorful blocks of schoolhouses anchored by a fabric representation of the historic Prentiss School building. Proceeds from the quilt raffle will benefit renovations of the O.P. Chaney Elevator.
“Members from Quilters on the Canal had previously displayed quilts at the Prentiss School and one of those times they started thinking they needed to make a quilt just for the school,” said CWAHS Trustee Billi Conrad. “Once it was done and they knew we were working on the fundraiser, they suggested that could be the use of the quilt. The design of the quilt was a group effort.”
According to Conrad, Quilters on the Canal meets weekly at the community center to collaborate on quilt making. They surprised the historical society with the 48×66-inch quilt to use as a fundraiser to help restore the O.P. Chaney Elevator.
“It is always important to support other local organizations,” said Conrad. “The historical society has displayed Quilters on the Canal quilts in the past at the Prentiss School during special functions. It is ‘win-win’ since their talents blend so well with our historical atmosphere.”
The historical society is also working with a Canal Winchester High School class researching local history to place more Ohio Historical Markers around the area.
Quilts crafted by members of Quilters on the Canal are also on display during the Canal Winchester Historical Society’s Gala/Founders Day weekend Oct. 15-16.
“We are also working with the Lions Club during Canal Winchester’s Christmas in the Village,” said Conrad. “The Lions Club will be selling Christmas trees at our historical complex during that event.”
Conrad said the organization hopes to make more than $1,000 from the raffle.
Tickets are available at the Queen of the Line Depot during Founders Day and the second annual Gala, the Ghost Tour Oct. 22-23 and during Christmas in the Village Dec. 3-4. The winner will be drawn soon after the Christmas event and in time for Christmas.