Week to week, reporters cover dozens of stories from the heartbreaking to heartwarming. Here, we take a moment to revisit previous stories to update the community on their latest developments.
Sequim quilter wins major award
Martha Scott’s “Enchanted Village” began its run wowing crowds in Sequim last summer and now wows crowds across the country.
Scott, a 72-year-old Sequim quilter with the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club, won first place in “Wall Hanging Hand Appliqué” at the prestigious American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek — Fall Paducah show on Sept. 12-15 in Paducah, Kentucky.
We wrote about Scott being selected in the Aug. 15 edition against more than 300 quilts from 42 states and 13 countries.
“Paducah is like the Olympics for quilters,” Scott said. “I was totally surprised. It was on my bucket list just to be accepted.”
For winning, she’ll appear in the January “American Quilter” magazine.
Scott said the quilt took two years to make and it started as a mystery quilt from Quiltmania Magazine where sections come every two months from designer Yoko Saito.
She and her friend Sonja Sciea of California decided to do work on the quilt at the same time.
“At first, we asked ‘What have we gotten ourselves into?’ But we’re not quitters,” Scott said. “It was a labor of love.”
For “Enchanted Village,” she used all of her scraps to make the buildings, people and animals. She also worked with Brianne Moores to do the quilting.
She’s submitted the quilt to multiple other shows, including Florida, Pennsylvania and in Seattle.
Scott didn’t start sewing until 2006 after her son Mark Glover encouraged her to do it. Scott quilts with her Mark and his 13-year-old daughter Sage, too.
“Enchanted Village” won its first award, a blue ribbon, at the Sunbonnet Sue’s annual show in July in the “Wall Hanging-mid-size appliqué.”
Dresses help trafficking victims
Erika Lausch, owner of Fruits of Grace, a fair-trade online and retail store in Sequim at 160 Harrison Road, unit 5, that we wrote about on Nov. 13, set a goal to help victims of modern slavery, one dress at a time.
She joins other advocates of the Dressember Foundation, an organization that raises funds and awareness to help victims involved in human and sex trafficking, by wearing a dress every day for the 31 days of December. She hopes to raise $2,000 by the end of December to donate to the Dressember Foundation.
If she raises the $2,000, Lausch says she will wear a prom dress to Home Depot to raise more awareness about the Dressember cause.
To donate to Lausch’s campaign, visit dressember-2018.funraise.org/team/fruits-of-grace.
For more information about Dressember Foundation, visit www.dressember.org.
Cycling for solar lights
Sequim High School Rotary Interact Club successfully raised about $2,500 to purchase 100 LuminAID solar lights for disaster relief efforts around the world (Sequim Gazette, “Community News Briefs,” A-5, Nov. 21).
Club members pedaled an electricity bike for 24 hours as part of their Club’s Solar Cyclothon starting Nov. 17 at the Sequim Civic Center. Students pedaled in 30-minute increments with community members providing donations.
Yoga warming center
Bodhi Tree Yoga successfully raised $1,930 on Thanksgiving at its business on 271 Blakely Blvd. Shelley Stratton, Julia Buggy and Zorina Wolf presented yoga and natural rhythms of drumming and percussion for participants in an effort to raise $1,000 for the Sequim Warming Center. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., hosts the center from 9 p.m.-7 a.m. any day of the week that temperatures are predicted to drop to 36 degrees or below.
Reporter Erin Hawkins contributed to this story.