Woman sews with pride

Yellow-ribbon quilt honors servicemen, -women

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Yellow ribbons honoring the troops are everywhere in Moffat County, but Robin Schiffbauer's is different from the rest.

The woman from Lay made a yellow-ribbon quilt that will hang in the Moffat County Courthouse.

Schiffbauer spent about 70 hours making the quilt, which uses 20 fabrics.

"That's a lot to have to try and match," Schiffbauer said.

The quilt will hang in the courthouse along with pictures and newspaper clippings about the armed forces.

Schiffbauer approached Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan about hanging the quilt at the courthouse last summer and finished the quilt earlier this month.

A pink-ribbon quilt hanging at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs inspired Schiffbauer to make the quilt. The pink ribbon symbolizes breast cancer awareness.

Schiffbauer's friendship with Chance Phelps's family also inspired her to make the quilt.

Phelps, a Marine who spent much of his life in Moffat County, died fighting in Iraq in 2004.

"This is to honor him and all of our young people who are serving," Schiffbauer said. "They really are heroes."

Schiffbauer started the quilt in February during a quilting class at Penny's Pieces in Steamboat. After that, she spent her free time stitching together different shades of yellow and brown fabric.

When she finished her work on the quilt, Schiffbauer handed it over to Cheryl Bush of Craig to do the machine quilting and binding.

"She's the best," Schiffbauer said about Bush.

Bush said she's happy with the quilt. "I think (Schiffbauer) did a great job," she said.

Bush didn't mind donating her time to work on the quilt because she has a nephew serving in Iraq.

"This honors him and honors all the other vets," Bush said.

Schiffbauer's next quilt will be purple and pink and of the same pattern. She plans to give it to her sister-in-law.

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