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Who is the mystery quilter?

Finished product from donated quilt top to be auctioned at Turkey Dinner

SENECA — There’s a mystery at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Last summer, the Seneca church’s pastor, Kris Ann Zierke, found a curious donation at the church: boxes filled with quilt tops and materials. This year, the church received another bag of materials. The donor and the circumstances surrounding the donations remain unknown.

Bernice Dunn, who leads the church’s quilt committee, said the drop-off was out of the norm.

“It’s quite common for people to bring fabric,” she said, noting that it’s well known that some of the church’s members quilt. “But to open the bags and find a quilt that is already pieced is amazing.”

Dunn worked to complete the top of a 94-inch square quilt that was donated, which she estimated to be a queen sized quilt, and another woman provided the work to complete the backing.

The finished product will be the second quilt from the donated materials to be auctioned at the church’s 5th annual Turkey Dinner and Silent Auction to be held, Saturday, Oct. 20.

The dinner will take place between 4:30 to 7 p.m. The cost for a homemade Thanksgiving-style dinner, including desserts and beverages, is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 12. Carryout meals will be available.

The silent auction will take place at the same time and will include everything from gift certificates to local businesses to hot-air balloon rides.

Dunn said the work the donor put into the quilt was apparent, that it would take about 100 hours, if not more, to complete the top of a quilt.

“It’s a lot of cutting, a lot of piecing,” she said.

She added that there’s no way to know how much a quilt like it would be worth, but she estimated it could be upwards of $250. 

Jean Robinson, a member of the church’s stewardship committee and church council, said funds raised from the evening will support the church’s parking lot fund.

“We need a new parking lot desperately,” she said.

Robinson said the quilt’s admirers within the church wish they knew who made the donation.

“Whoever it is, we’d like to thank them,” she said.

Dunn was in agreement.

“We’re thankful and we admire their very talented work,” she said.

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