One small informal quilting group called Material Girls and Michael has put its skills in basting, backing and binding to work to support people with disabilities.
Every year for the last 10 years, the group has donated a collaborative queen-sized quilt to benefit Special Olympics of Northern California.
“This year we’re donating a quilt with a cream background and pineapples,” said quilter Carol Enos. “We’re calling it the Pineapple Express from Half Moon Bay.”
The group takes almost a full year to make the quilt. Members come up with a design in the summer, and each member contributes three to five blocks. In October, the completed blocks are turned over to a member with a long arm and an extremely large sewing machine that is used to sew together all three layers to create the finished quilt.
Raffle tickets for this year’s quilt will be on sale at the next two Coastside Farmers Markets for $5 each or five for $20. In past years, the quilts have brought in about $1,300 each for the nonprofit.
The winner of the raffle will be announced at the annual Tip-a-Cop event, 5:30 to 9 p.m., on June 5 at Cameron’s Restaurant and Pub, where volunteer law enforcement personnel serve food and drinks and donate their tips to the charity. The event will also feature a silent auction.