For the Troy Daily News
TROY — Hanging on the wall in the Artistic Studio at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is a queen size quilt in a design called “Star of Ohio” done in scarlet and gray.
Just like another quilt, sewn more than 100 years ago, this quilt will be raffled off to one lucky community member in celebration of the 100th anniversary of St. Patrick Church’s completion.
During the 1911-1912 school year, the students of St. Patrick’s sold chances on a delicate quilt. Those who bought a ticket had their names embroidered on the quilt, as well as the chance to win. The raffle was devised to raise money for a new, bigger church for the growing parish.
The new church completed in 1916 and the dedication was held on Nov. 30, 1916, which was Thanksgiving Day.
Among the 660 hand-stitched signatures on the quilt are names of those who were residents of Troy, not just parishioners of St. Patrick.
The original hand stitched quilt was won by Reverend Mentink’s housekeeper at the time, Catherine Zepf, who kept it safe for posterity in the parish attic.
Forgotten for decades, it was found by another housekeeper nearly 60 years later, and the red hand-stitched embroidery looks as if it had been made yesterday. It is on display in St. Patrick’s Parish Center.
As they did 100 years ago, the people of the Troy community now have an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win this beautiful Star of Ohio quilt, donated by St. Patrick’s “Chatterblock Quilt Group.” The cost of the tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5.
The date of the drawing is Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day.
The Star of Ohio quilt will be on display at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center in the Artistic Studio, until the end of August.
The center is open on Monday from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
If you are interested in buying tickets for the Star of Ohio quilt, information at www.stpattroy.org or contact Susan Smith at 524-2550 or Pam Simon at 332-8042, both members of St. Patrick’s 100th Anniversary Committee.