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Thursday, July 13, 2006


Housewarming quilt captures spirit of renewal

Housewarming QuiltBy Karen Middleton

Athens, AL - One-hundred and fifteen squares of inscribed fabric tell the story of a community’s regard for a man.

On Saturday, friends and family of Richard Martin gathered for a housewarming at his rebuilt Elkmont home and presented him with a quilt comprised of personalized squares, each constructed by family and friends.

Lightning struck Martin’s three-year-old “dream house” on Jan. 13 while he was in Atlanta visiting a daughter. Elkmont firefighters, friends and family were able to save most of Martin’s business files and historical research documents from his home office, but several prized pieces of antique furniture fell victim to the flames.

The roof was completely burned off and there was heavy water damage throughout. After considering his options, Martin decided to bulldoze the walls and completely rebuild the house.

He hired ABC Builders Inc., owned by Brian and Robyn Abernathy, and the contractors rebuilt the house in less than six months using the plans from the first house.

“I added a room in the back,” said Martin. “I call it a fight room for the grandkids.”

Martin’s sister, Mamie Neese, and his sister-in-law, Mary Pat Martin, came up with the idea for the quilt as a housewarming gift and sent out requests and quilt blocks to his many friends. Then they took the 115 returned squares to Rena Turner, who put them all together, added a border and had the piece quilted.

Read the entire article at the Athens News-Courier now.

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