Saxtons River's long time tradition of creating one-of-a-kind Fourth of July T-shirt is the basis for a quilt being sewn together as part of this year's Independence Day celebration.
The design is made up of 20 shirts selected from the years 1983 to 2009 that have been joined together to form a queen-sized quilt that will be auctioned off after the village's annual parade Sunday, July 4, by auctioneer Sharon Boccelli. Proceeds will go towards the expenses of putting on the parade, fireworks and other events in the day-long celebration.
Quilt creators Patricia Bellows and Debbie Wetzel put out the word that they were looking for old T-shirts to incorporate into the design, which is enhanced by dark blue and red sashing, as well as small flag designs created for the corners. The all-cotton quilt was hand tied and hemmed by Bellows, Wetzel and Jacqueline Hewitt. Extra shirts were used to create four pillows that will also be auctioned off.
The finished quilt will be on display in a shop window on Main Street in Saxtons River until the Fourth. Anyone not able to attend the parade who would like to put in a sealed bid may contact Wetzel at Wetzel@sover.net or (802) 869-3283.
"The Saxtons River Fourth of July T-shirts are so unique that this quilt is bound to be passed down by the lucky high bidder as a family heirloom," Wetzel said. "In the meantime, it will remind them of those hot days of July while they're trying to keep warm next winter."