We are concerned about the welfare of our family, friends, neighbors and the greater community during this time of pandemic. Your health and safety is our first priority. With that in mind, we are working on alternative plans to bring our first Community Quilt Project to its completion. Our 48 block quilters will remain ‘on the job’ and we will have a new date to announce as soon as guidance for a successful event is available.

On that date, we bring all 48 blocks and the embroidered signatures together and will celebrate our generous, kind community.  Thank you to everyone for your participation and the good wishes of all.  We’ll be sure everyone knows what’s happening next as soon as we do!

If you are a participant and have questions, please call me at the shop – I’m sending emails to everyone but understand they can get lost sometimes! The shop phone number is (740) 901-3041.

Chris Shirer, Proprietor

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We’re excited to announce our first Community Quilt Project hosted in our space at Rabbit & Rocket!

We are seeking volunteers of all quilting experience to contribute blocks and embroiderers to hand-stitch signatures during a single day of sewing on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. It’s International Quilting Day – what better way to celebrate!

The theme for this first quilt is commemoration of the 200th birthday of General William Tecumseh Sherman, native son of Lancaster, Ohio.  General Sherman played a pivotal role in the ending of America’s Civil War and is regarded as one of our country’s greatest military minds. In his private life he was a gifted artist and his pencil drawings are on display at the Sherman House here in Lancaster. With this quilt, we celebrate his legacy of helping to end the Civil War and his interest in artful creation.

There are a few ways to contribute to this project.  You may:

  • Volunteer to sew a block
  • Embroider a block sewer’s signature
  • Assist or advise sewers

Shown here is a selection of block patterns that will be used in the quilt. We have selected patterns ranging from beginner to intermediate to advanced.

We ask that volunteers use Civil War colors for their fabric choices. Farmer’s Country Store, 540 N. High Street in Lancaster has a wonderful selection of reproductions of authentic Civil War era fabrics. You are, of course, welcome to use what you have on hand as long as it is a Civil War colorway in 100% cotton quilting fabric.

To volunteer to sew a block, please complete the form below.

To volunteer to hand embroider the signatures of block creators, please complete the Embroiderer Volunteer form.

Each contributor will be scheduled for a one-hour sewing time on Saturday, March 21, 2020. We’ll contact you within one week of your volunteer form submission to confirm your participation. We are assuming a large number of people may volunteer so we may need to place some volunteers on a stand-by list.

Together we are stronger as a community – thank you for joining us!

  • All quilters of all skill level are welcome to participate - please share your quilting skill level so we can schedule and assist everyone accordingly.
  • Please choose three of the patterns shown at the top of this page you would be willing to create using your choice of fabrics. We’ll confirm your final pattern selection at least two weeks prior to the event:
  • Please select all times that could work for your schedule. We will finalize scheduling and assign sewing times no later than March 7, 2020.
  • I understand this is not an application but simply a request to participate. I understand I will be notified of my contributor status within one week of my submission of this form. Should more than the required number of contributors submit this form, a stand-by list will be created.
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