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Community Quilt to Help Barns posted: 5/19/2004
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TO THE BARNS: Barbara Konopa created this quilt as a fundraiser for the Barns of Rose Hill.

Reprinted with permission from the Clark Times-Courier
©Times Community Newspapers 2004
Berryville, VA April 7, 2004

Barbara Konopa has a passion for quilts.

Every room in her house has quilts on the wall, quilts hanging on railings, there are even quilted placemats on the table.

To raise money for the Barns of Rose Hill, she decided to use her time and talent to make a quilt.

The quilt is in a barn-raising pattern. On the light-colored strips, she got permanent markers and sold signatures for $1. She got more than 400 signatures.

She had intended to get more people to sign, but open heart surgery in January "kinda slowed me down," she says.

One day, a man came to her door looking for her to sign a petition. She said she would — if he paid a dollar and signed her quilt. He and his children all signed, adding a few more dollars to the Barns' fundraising effort.

A friend of Konopa's from Nutmeg Lodge in Martinsburg, W.Va., donated backing for the quilt; another friend from Inwood donated her time to do the long-arm machine quilting.

But, it's the signatures that stand out on the quilt. She went to Grace Episcopal Church, the Berryville craft market and Johnson-Williams Middle School to get signatures. She remembers many of the children who signed, as she looks at their drawings.

"It turned out really cool," she says. "The children were the most fun."

Konopa works with a 4-H group of quilters, saying that they are the future. The tops of quilts that they made will be on display at the quilt show.

One 9-year-old in the club, Tamar Michahail, finished her "top" just last week to the cheers of the rest of the club, Konopa says.

"You could have turned the lights off and she would have glowed," she said.

The barns quilt and the 4-H tops of quilts will be on display April 23-25 at the Quilt Show at the Ruritan Fairgrounds.

Reprinted with permission from the Clark Times-Courier
©Times Community Newspapers 2004

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