DOUBLE ADOBE — Since 1980, the Double Adobe Quilters have been volunteering their time and efforts to make hand-sewn quilts that have been donated to fire victims as well as the Copper Queen Hospital and Gift Shop, the Hacienda Rehabilitation and Care Center, Elfrida FFA, the Elfrida Library, Casa Colina Assisted Living and many others.

DAQ held its first show at the Double Adobe Camp Ground, then called the KOA, in 1980. Maryann Fairchild owned and operated the KOA and she wanted an activity for her winter visitors to keep them busy and socializing. So she started holding quilting bees once a month, according to the DAQ website.

The “quilting pox” spread beyond the confines of the campground to include women from Bisbee, Douglas, McNeal, Pearce, Sunsites and Elfrida. It even spread to Hugh Pendergrass who was an active quilter from the start until his passing a few years ago, states the website.

The late Mary Price of McNeal, one of the original members, remembered the first show the DAQ held had only one quilt to display on a pool table at the KOA.

Now, as the 32nd annual show approaches, the quilters are hard at work finishing up their handiwork for the free event that will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the old Double Adobe School located at the intersection of Double Adobe Road and Central Highway.

This year’s show is dedicated to Price, who passed away last year at the age of 86. She will be honored with a slide show and a photo collage of her hard at work and play, said member Peggy Atkinson.

Up for raffle this year is a lovely sunflower quilt and tickets cost $1 or six for $5, she said.

The Double Adobe 4-H Club will be offering burgers, hot dogs, beans and salads for those who attend, added Atkinson.

There will also be live music presented by the Simmons Family Band and Arizona Kennedy.

Other crafters will also be there with all sorts of things for sale that were not made in China, said Atkinson.

She also said that there will be door prizes given away throughout the day, some made by the quilters and many items that were donated by supporters and businesses.

For more information, email DAQ at: or call (520) 364-5090, (520) 364-5109 or (520) 642-1720.


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