One-of-a-kind works will go to the highest bidder “Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Marble Faun” The Kingwood Area Quilt Guild will present their annual “Art by the Yard” auction this Friday at the Nathaniel Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and all are welcome to participate. This is the Guild’s big fundraiser and although quilts are the headliners, there is more to be had than bed coverings. Margery Hedges, auction committee chairman, explained that there will be both live and silent auctions, as well as live jazz music, wine and appetizers. The group’s online auction began March 10 and will close April 17 at 11 a.m. Of the 62 quilts to be auctioned at the April 18 event, 40 have already been up for bids on the Internet. Hedges said that they have had bids from as far away as California, New York and Canada. She explained that the highest bid for a quilt online will be the starting bid at Friday’s live auction. The quilt will go to the highest bidder, but in fairness to the online bidders, they can bid by proxy. Some of them listed a maximum price they are willing to pay, which can be bid for them if necessary. The auction promises to be a fun and exciting event, with king-size quilts, miniatures and more. The silent auction will offer 25 “minis,” according to Hedges, and other items including travel packages, jewelry, golf packages and more. When asked how long it takes to make one of the full-size masterpieces, Hedges said that one of their “bees” (offshoots of the Guild) had spent 500 hours on the piecework alone. Then they had to quilt it. This work of art, “The Keynote,” will be among those to be auctioned. Cost for admission is $10 and the Nathaniel Center is located at 804 Russel Palmer Road in Kingwood, off North Park Drive and just east of Highway 59. “We have items for everybody and every budget,” said Hedges. Photo: The auction committee has been busy preparing for this weekend’s event. On the back row from left are Margery Hedges, Margo Pieper, Vicki Norris, Judi Leventhal and Jackie Theriot. Front are Brenda Kirk and Marjory Saklou.