Safe Homes, Safe Kids1Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2015 2:00 am
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A handmade quilt will be raffled to benefit Monroe County CASA.

“Quilts represent comfort and warmth and security to me. It just seemed so appropriate for the CASA cause.” says master quilter, Pat Surra.

The quilt was handmade locally by Surra, an expert quilter, from a pattern by designer Judy Martin entitled “Kentucky Log Cabin.” It is sized to fit a queen or king bed, is made entirely from cotton and is machine-washable.

“Whenever I complete a project like this, I have very mixed emotions. The quilt becomes a message, especially when I make it for a specific person or group. To me quilts are more than a lot of pieces of fabric sewn together. They are kind of like life — a lot of very different pieces put together in the right way can become something beautiful. Anyway, this quilt is definitely made up of a lot of different pieces. I estimate that there are between 75 and 100 different fabrics in this beauty.”

Kristin Bishay, CASA Director says, “We absolutely loved the design Pat created last year and are thrilled that she agreed to create and donate another amazing work of art. Thanks to Pat we earned much needed funds and raised awareness of our mission.”

The sale of raffle tickets is underway, and the winning ticket will be drawn Sept. 6. The winner does not need to be present to win.
CASA will be selling raffle tickets in the Boomerang Hair Salon parking lot next to the B-Line trail at Seventh Street 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays until Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 and 6 in front of the Bloomington Fire Department, 300 E. Fourth St., during the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts.

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Tickets are also available at the CASA office, 201 N. Morton St.;Bloomington Hardware, 2700 E. Covenanter Drive; and the Buskirk-Chumley Box Office, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Monroe County CASA is a 501c3 nonprofit, volunteer-powered program which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. The program recruits, screens, trains, and mentors adult community members who volunteer their time to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), with full legal authority set forth by the State of Indiana. CASAs provide advocacy to child victims to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.

For more information on volunteering and for an application visit or call 812-333-2272. To learn more about the quilt visit Pat Surra’s blog at