Fountain View Sponsors Fifth Annual Quilt Contest, Names Winners
After hours of work, thousands of stitches and eight days of public voting, St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church, Affton, topped the list to win a $1,000 cash prize and the Fifth Annual Quilt Contest at Fountain View, Friendship Village Sunset Hills (FVSH).
Receiving a $500 check, a new award this year, St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church, Lemay, placed second in spirited voting which drew more than 450 visitors despite outdoor distractions from exceptional autumn weather and sports.
The winning quilt exhibits a seasoned pattern in white and multiple shades of blue, called Stormy Seas, Hilda Ruppe, one of the quilters, said. Ruppe also said the $1,000 would go to their church pastor to use at his discretion for financial needs with many parishioners out of work.
Ten local churches, up from nine last year, participated in the competition with the quilts on view from Oct. 6 to 13 in the Fountain View dining hall.
After a second place finish last year, St. Dominic Savio moved up to win the vote competing against the eight other churches plus St. Matthias, second place this year, and St. Paul Catholic Church, Fenton, the 2011 and 2012 winner. Fountain View, the free-standing assisted living community on the FVSH campus, sponsors the annual contest.
Sarah Dalrymple, Fountain View residency counselor, said the contest ended with a strong weekend of voting. “Only five per cent of the votes separated the two winners,” Dalrymple said.
She indicated that voting totaled slightly less than last year and pointed to good weather and sports distractions as well as an earlier schedule for the quilt show this year.
To encourage voting, Fountain View holds a public open house each year at the start of the show and mid-week entertains the greater Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident community.
Other activities during the week include a quilter’s coffee at which more than 60 quilters this year traded quilting ideas, tips and information after an historical presentation on quilting by Mrs. Mary Ebbesmeyer from St. Dominic Savio Church.
Competition rules allow for the entry of quilts produced by participating church quilting clubs or by individual church members and bar mass produced and purchased quilts. In some years Fountain View and Friendship Village residents display their handiwork but are also barred from prize competition.
Participating churches for 2013 in addition to the winners included St. Paul Catholic Church, Fenton; Our Lady of Providence; Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Eureka; St. Bridget of Kildare, Pacific; St. James Catholic Church, Catawissa; St. Justin Martyr; St. Simon the Apostle Church; Calvary Presbyterian Church in addition to the two winners.
Nestled in rolling hills, FVSH, 12503 Village Circle Drive, boasts natural beauty and views over a 52 acre campus.
The not for profit governed by a local board of directors and administratively managed by Iowa based Life Care Services provides a vibrant alternative for senior living with independent units, assisted living and skilled nursing care in a prime location with access to all aspects of life.
The LifeCare program at Friendship Village aims to assure seniors unlimited days of assisted living and skilled nursing care on site—if needed—at a continuing predictable and known cost. The financial model includes an entrance fee which varies with the type of residence selected plus a low monthly charge. Multiple plans exist for tailoring to specific needs and requirements.