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BRGNS Quilt Raffle

Black River Good Neighbor Services has announced that Ludlow's Susan Damone-Balch has donated a beautiful 63 x 63 abstract art quilt titled "Royal Sampler" for a raffle.

"All of the money raised will be used to assist our neighbors in need" said Jim Fuller, President of BRGNS.

The quilt can be used as a wall hanging or a bed covering, It has a $1400 value. Raffles tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

Images from Susan's life-long passion for fly fishing are reflected in many of her art quilts. The scope of her work includes representational, geometric, and abstract designs. Some are meticulously planned and constructed, while others are quite spontaneous and inspired simply by color and fabric.

Susan has produced hundreds of quilts, many of which have been exhibited and won awards at shows throughout the country. Machine techniques are her specialty.

She works from an extensive collection of primarily 100 percent cotton fabrics including batiks and hand painted and dyed fabrics. To add details, she uses ink, paint, applique and embroidery sparingly.

Interested in the needle arts throughout her childhood, Susan was taught and encouraged by the women in her family and particularly her mom who sat Susan at her first sewing machine when was only five years old.

She discovered both quilting and fly fishing as a young adult and began teaching in both fields when she was in her 30's. Susan is mostly self-taught, although she has taken workshops from several masters.

Raffle tickets are available at the Black River Good Neighbors Thrift Shop at 105 Main Street and the Chittenden Bank in Shaw's Plaza, both are located in Ludlow. Tickets can also be purchased from any board member (see board of directors on the web site www.BRGN.org).

The quilt is being displayed at Chittenden Bank in the Shaw's Plaza in Ludlow. Tickets may also be purchased a the BRGNS Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm on Route 103, from October 2 to 4.

The drawing will be just before closing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 4. You do not have to be present to win.

Black River Good Neighbors Services has been helping those in need from Ludlow, Cavendish, Mt. Holly, Proctorsville, and Plymouth for over 21 years.

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