MADISON, Wis. - A Madison quilting guild crafted over 100 quilts to donate to Madison's Ronald McDonald House on Saturday in honor of their friend and fellow quilter, who tragically passed away.
Anne Smith was a skilled craftsperson who was beloved by the High Country Quilters group. According to her friends, she was a mentor and teacher to many of them, with a supportive, loving touch.
"Anne was the most positive, wonderful, exuberant person," said close friend Nancy Gants. "The thing about Anne is that she was always willing to help others."
She was visiting Australia to see the birth of her granddaughter when she and her husband got into a fatal car accident.
"She had been looking forward to being a grandmother. After such positive, wonderful news, it was very hard to hear that she was gone," said Gants.
After her passing Smith's daughter asked that the quilting guild use her substantial collection of fabrics to create quilts for the Ronald McDonald House. Word spread about the effort, and quilters from around Wisconsin joined in. They collectively made 103 quilts to be donated.
"When families check in, we try to give them as much comfort and (be as) welcoming as we can, and these quilts and blankets are just wonderful because they're just that personal touch," said Ronald McDonald House of Madison worker Nancy Saulsbury.
Smith's fellow quilters say that this project has helped them honor her memory and heal.
"Giving just keeps on giving," said Gants. "Anne was a very giving person, and we tried to take the spirit that she lived."
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