Now they can buy raffle tickets for the OCHS “Magic Vine” raffle quilt, whose lucky owner will be selected during Ouray's Oktoberfest at the Community Center on October 3.
The Magic Vine Quilt is is the result of a collaboration between 12 Ouray County women in 2009 and work begun long ago by Hazel Duckett Weston, who lived in Ridgway in the 1930s, running the Pioneer Grocery with her husband, Fred.
Like thousands of women throughout the state, Weston collected the quilt patterns designed by home economist Nancy Page, which were published in the Denver Post every week (to ensure sales, the Post ran one piece of the entire quilt’s pattern every week).
Weston dutifully clipped the patterns and pinned the fabric for each one of the quilt’s flowers on them. However, upon her death in 1985, the quilt remained incomplete.
Weston’s family donated the collection to the Ouray County Historical Society, and earlier this year, a group of 12 county women, led by veteran Ouray quilter, Sue Hillhouse, took the donated scraps and patterns and made a 50 x 70-inch version of the Magic Vine quilt.
Meeting at the Ridgway Library and at the home of longtime OCHS member and volunteer Marianne Zegers, the 12 women spent approximately 200 hours hand-quilting and appliquéing three rows of 18 different flower patterns with a green vine border.
Hillhouse researched the background of the quilt before she reconfigured the pattern into the smaller-sized quilt for the OCHS raffle: Its smaller dimensions make it a good size for either hanging or for displaying across the foot of the bed.
The 2009 Magic Vine raffle quilt can be viewed at the Ouray County Historical Museum at the top of Sixth Avenue in Ouray, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12-4:30 p.m.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the museum or at the Alpine and Citizen’s bank branches in Ouray; at Buckskin Books in Ouray and at Cimarron Books in Ridgway, two tickets for $5 and five tickets for $10.
There will be one final opportunity to buy tickets at the Oktoberfest celebration in the Ouray Community Center on October 3, where the quilt raffle drawing will be held. For more information, call the museum at 970/325-4576 or visit ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org online.