Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

Virginia Lowry and Rocky Morris live their lives one stitch at a time.

Those stitches bind squares and those squares are sewn together to create beautiful fabric patterns of various detail, color and design.

The two women are quilters who’ve used their creative talents to produce hundreds of decorative coverings.

Lowry and Morris can’t answer what might seem like a simple question: “Just how many quilts have you made?”

Lowery’s reply says it all: “A lot.”

And while her handiwork shows up in various rooms around her Keating Valley log home, most has found its way to the homes of others.

“Quilters give most of their stuff away,” Morris said. “We’ve made hundreds (of quilts), but we don’t have many.”

The women will be among members of the Baker City Quilt Club who’ll be displaying their fabric artistry on Friday and Saturday during Miners Jubilee.

About 150 quilts are expected to be shown during the 28th annual Baker City Quilt Show and Sale, Lowry said.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at a new venue this year: the Baker Middle School gymnasium at Fourth Street and Washington Avenue.

“Journey of Our Stars” is the theme of this year’s show. Admission is $3 each day, which helps the club pay expenses associated with sponsoring the event.

Another fundraiser for the club is the annual quilt raffle. In fitting with the star theme, quilt members worked together to produce the “Legacy Star” quilt. Raffle tickets for a chance to win the 104-inch square quilt (a small king-sized cover) are on sale for $1 each or six for $5.

In addition to the quilts that will be on display, many will be offered for sale. Not any of the six she will be showing, though, says Lowry. They were all made as gifts for friends and family.

Other quilts have been made for a special purpose and will be presented to special people at 2 p.m. each day of the quilt show.

That’s when a Veterans Quilts Presentation is scheduled. Veterans will be wrapped in quilts honoring their service after a “Bed Turning” that begins at 1:30 p.m. both days.

Barbara Lewis will preside over the Bed Turning to tell the story of several quilts stacked on a bed as she turns back the covers to the final presentation quilts that will be given as a surprise to the honored veterans attending the ceremony.

The veterans also will receive a certificate that explains the purpose of the gift: “To honor and comfort you in appreciation for all your sacrifices for our country, we present this quilt with deepest gratitude.”

Five veterans will be honored on Friday and four on Saturday.

“We’re trying to give (all veterans) a quilt,” Morris said.

The presentation quilts measure 72 inches by 60 inches and are suitable for use as lap robes or could cover a single-sized bed.

Other quilt presentations to veterans have been made at Meadowbrook Place and at the Missouri Flat Grange, where the club meets every Wednesday from about 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The quilters also make quilts and pillowcases to give to children in foster care to provide them with something permanent that they can take with them wherever they go, Morris said.

Quilts also are donated to shut-ins and people in adult foster homes.

“It’s a very busy group of girls,” Morris said of the quilt club, which has about 20 members.“They do so much for other peopl e and for the commu nity.”

See more in the July 18, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.