The annual Fly-in Breakfast at the Waupaca Municipal Airport-Brunner Field may be months away, but the Waupaca Lioness Club already has its first-place raffle prize ready to go.
The prize is a king quiz quilt made by Lioness member Linda Matheson.
“It’s actually an adaptation of another quilt I saw a pattern for,” she said. “I started the other one, ‘Third Time Around,” and decided I didn’t like it, after having about 100 little squares made.”
Matheson, who has been quilting about nine years, says that is how she begins most of her projects.
“I adapt as I go along,” she said.
It was at last year’s breakfast that Matheson volunteered to make a quilt for this year’s raffle.
The Waupaca Lions Club always holds the breakfast on Father’s Day, and the Waupaca Lioness has a raffle as one of its major fundraisers of the year.
After Matheson offered to make a quilt, she decided to choose neutral colors, so it will appeal to more people.
The quilt is made up of about 1,300 pieces and features 38 different colors of fabric.
It is on display at Team Outfitters, which is located at 109 N. Western Ave. in Waupaca.
“I started it in October and finished it in December,” Matheson said.
She said it took a total of 132 hours to put it together.
“Nancy Butolph did the long arm quilting. She put the three layers together and did the stiching, and then I finished off the binding,” she said.
Never before had Matheson kept track of how much time she put into a quilting project.
She did so this time, because members of the club keep track of how many hours they volunteer in the community.
“I was shocked at how many hours it took,” she said.
Raffle tickets for the quilt are available from members of the Waupaca Lioness Club from now until the breakfast. Tickets are $2 apiece or three tickets for $5.
The breakfast will again be held on Father’s Day, which this year is on Sunday, June 15.
“The money we raise goes toward community projects,” Matheson said. “All the money we raise goes back 100 percent to the community in some form.”