Quilt made of Paso Robles Wine Festival shirts is on display

ssullivan@thetribunenews.comApril 17, 2013 

This quilt — made from Paso Robles Wine Festival T-shirts — is up for auction to benefit Loaves and Fishes. You can see it on display through April at Harmony Cellars.

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What’s recycled, celebrates wine, can keep you warm and fill bellies? It’s a quilt made with 20 Paso Robles Wine Festival T-shirts.

On display now at Harmony Cellars, the handmade quilt is up for auction to benefit Loaves and Fishes. The nonprofit group in Atascadero and Paso Robles works with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County to feed San Luis Obispo County residents.

“So much time was put into making the quilt,” said Erin Martin, Harmony Cellars marketing director. “It’s beautiful and really sells itself.”

Winery co-owner Kim Mulligan volunteers at Loaves and Fishes a couple times a month, explained Martin, and when she heard mention of the quilt she asked if Harmony Cellars could be one of the wineries to hang the 61⁄2- by 4-1⁄2-foot quilt. Crafted by a county quilter who asked to remain anonymous, it can be seen at Harmony Cellars through April before it travels on to other county tasting rooms.

Raffle tickets, $5, can be purchased in the Harmony Cellars tasting room at 3255 Harmony Valley Road. The winning ticket will be drawn July 1.

Approximately one in six San Luis Obispo County residents are considered food insecure, meaning they are uncertain if they will have enough to eat, according to the Food Bank website. The Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in the county, a problem that increased 25 percent in the past year, according to the website.

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