Stitching for a good cause

Vyvyan Gardner stands in front of her quilt that is on display at FirstBank. She was chosen as November's Artist of the Month for a beautiful hand stitched quilt that took her five and a half years to complete. The Eagle/Marissa Allen

JOHN DAY - Vyvyan M. Gardner has been chosen as November's FirstBank Artist of the Month for the eccentric quilt that she hand stitched.

"It has taken me five and a half years to complete this," Gardner said.

Gardner began quilting in 1990 following her retirement in 1986 from a management position and 30-year career with the Department of Human Resources. Gardner and her husband, Fred, moved to Canyon City in 1990 where she developed her quilting skills by self-teaching, entered numerous quilt shows and collected many ribbons.

She began the 106" by 106" P.E.O. quilt for her Chapter "A" P.E.O.'s Centennial birthday in Oregon and it is being raffled off to raise funds for the P.E.O. Educational Scholarship Fund for women.

Gardner is a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. It is a philanthropic and educational organization that promotes educational opportunities for women in higher education and was founded in 1869.

She used various techniques to complete the quilt including: hand applique of the central medallion star, broderie perse hand applique of the cutout Marguerite flowers within the star, silk-ribbon hand embroidery of the border Marguerites, hand trapunto of the feather design, and hand quilting.

"I see things I didn't see before," Dollina Humphreys said after viewing the quilt.

Tickets are available and the quilt will be on show at the bank until the end of November. Tickets are $5 each.

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