A stitch, just in time

Quilters Paula Sullivan, Patsy McCornack, Judy Jahries, Barbara Howell, Connie McCreery, Nan Carter, and Kathy Stevenson. Photo by Susan Safford
Quilters display their squares, which will soon be part of a Cape and Islands quilt. (From left) West Tisbury Postmistress Paula Sullivan, Patsy McCornack, Judy Jahries, Barbara Howell, Connie McCreery, Nan Carter, and Kathy Stevenson. Photo by Susan Safford

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - February 16, 2006

A small sign at the West Tisbury post office caught the eye of quilter Judy Jahries. Postmistress Paula Sullivan was asking for Island quilters to participate in a project to produce a square representing each Island town. The squares would be added to a Cape and Islands quilt.

Ms. Jahries spoke to her quilt group and they agreed to take on the project. Dennis postmistress Lauren Anderson came up with the idea and offered advice and encouragement to the Island group. Ms. Anderson even extended the deadline to mid February so the Island quilters could have more time to finish. Lynn Benson, owner of the Heath Hen Quilt Shop in the Tisbury Marketplace, helped the effort by finding just the right colors for each square.

Ms. Anderson couldn't find any one on Nantucket to participate and it looked as though the tiny island would not be represented on the quilt. Ms. Jahries called a friend on Nantucket and soon three high school students took up the challenge and produced three squares, one for each Nantucket zip code.

The 68-square quilt will be assembled by Lauren and Noreen Couture and the quilt will tour every Cape and Island post office before it goes to a museum.

Look for the completed quilt on display at your local post office soon.