By Randy Ansley

Last summer during the Del Norte County Fair, Sally and Cheryl Pettit, one of our friends and lighthouse volunteers, were visiting the booths and various goings on. When they came to the Lighthouse Quilt Guild's booth they saw a beautiful lighthouse quilt on display. They were asked if they wanted to purchase some chances to win the quilt and they both did. So what are the odds of a lighthouse keeper winning a lighthouse quilt? Well, as it turns out, they are good because Sally won the quilt.

The lighthouse quilt is a mosaic of various views and other related panels that delineated the Battery Point Lighthouse 150 year birthday last December. The quilt now lives on the bed in Piland's room. To see this beautiful quilt you will just have to visit the lighthouse.

As it turns out Sally was very excited to win the quilt and now wants to learn how to become a quiltor. The ladies at the quilting guild are warm and welcoming as the quilts they make and are welcoming Sally's enthusiasm. When we are past the current weekly open schedule for the year she plans to jump in and become a quilt lady herself.

Quilting with a purpose

One of the truly noteworthy activities of the guild is their connection to the military personnel who have been wounded in the Mid-East. Wounded military men and women are sent to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. Quilting guilds and individuals are busily making quilts and other items that the Red Cross delivers to the troops. On Saturday, Nov. 10 (one day before Veteran's Day) at 10 a.m. the Lighthouse Quilt Guild will be working on Christmas Stockings for the troops. 4-H girls and others will join them for this project.

If you are interested in helping out they ask you to bring a sewing machine to their building at 201 Del Norte and they will find you a place to work. They are making hundreds of stockings and even though they have a good start on these Christmas stockings, they could sure use your help for this special project. They have the material and patterns and they just need your hands and hearts to get involved.

Other ways to help

If you are not a sewing person but you want to help with any of there community projects then the quilt guild can always use donated cotton fabric and other sewing supplies. Your generosity and support will be greatly appreciated by the guild and those that they help with the guild's many projects.

North Coast folks are a helpful lot; they seem to find ways to have fun while helping others. Community involvement takes many forms but in the end it just makes you feel good inside.

Randy Ansley, the Battery Point Lighthouse keeper, can be reached at