The Heritage Quilters annual Quilt Cutting Day for the 2015 raffle quilt begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2014. The snow date is Jan. 22.

If you are a quilter, bring your favorite scissors, pencil, ruler, chalk to mark dark fabrics, needle and white or off-white thread. And, of course, bring your favorite dish to pass.

The potluck, which will begin between 11:30 a.m. and noon on the cutting day, is a highlight of the Heritage Quilters’ social year.

Group president Jan Knight will divulge most of the details that day at the museum. But she did say the blue and tan traditional quilt will feature two different blocks, one more than a century old.

The finished quilt will be raffled off, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit McHenry County Historical Society. This program, which began in 1980, will result in a quilt this spring. It should be ready to hang in March.

Eighty blocks are needed, so if you quilt – or would like to learn how – circle this date on your calendar. Attendees will receive templates and fabric packets – plus plenty of detailed instruction regardless whether they choose to sew by hand or use a machine.

As in the past, quilt blocks are due back to the museum in mid-February. There is no name for the 2014 block as yet.

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