Story by Katie Bisaro
Winning something in a raffle is always a thrill, no matter your age. When 105-year-old Sophia Bott, of Greenwood Lake, learned she won the 2018 Warwick Valley Quilters Guild’s biennial raffle quilt: “Possibilities,” she was extremely excited. The quilt was presented to Bott on Tues., Nov. 13, during the guild’s business meeting.
Every two years a quilt is raffled off as a guild fundraiser. Tickets are sold by guild members prior to the quilt show and throughout the show weekend.
This year, due to a scheduling conflict with the annual Applefest in the Village of Warwick, the guild canceled the show, but the raffle was held, as planned, raising $3,500 for the guild.
The king-sized quilt, designed by guild members, Marla Silbernagel and Corrine Winters, is a two-block design (pin-wheel and star blocks) with modern colors. It has a “piano key” border and the back was improvised, pieced together with fabric scraps from the top making it a one of a kind reversible quilt. Nearly 100 guild members contributed paper pieced blocks to the finished product.
Countless hours of work went into the making of the “Possibilities” quilt, from the design and creation of the patterns, choosing fabrics, distributing materials to the participating members, sewing the blocks and assembling the quilt. The end result was stunning, a true “guild endeavor.”
“[The quilt] was a great representation of what can be created by a group,” Silbernagel told the guild before presenting it to Mrs. Bott. In fact, the quilt name came from the notion that it “wouldn’t be possible” to create a quilt as a group effort.
Mrs. Bott’s daughter, guild member Ronnie Avery, brought her mother to the meeting for the winner’s presentation. While guild members applauded and snapped photos, Mrs. Bott beamed as she received her beautiful quilt.
“I’m so lucky, I never expected to win!” she exclaimed.