Flowers and hummingbirds are among Marcella Polaskey’s favorite things. This wonderful hummingbird block is adapted from a design by Liz Schwarz of www.equiltpatterns.com , called Trumpeting Ruby. Marcella’s husband Mike made the awesome freestanding sign holder. We just know that this block will be a favorite with quilt trail enthusiasts. It can be seen at 16181 Roaring Brook Drive, between Evart and Hersey.
Reed City Public Library is home to this Little Giant quilt block. Little Giant is an old quilt block, not much seen in quilts, probably due to its difficulty to piece. It was so named to honor Stephen Douglas, a Civil War era orator and politician. It was chosen mostly for its visual appeal. You can see it a 829 S. Chestnut St. on the former St. Philip Neri School, which is the new home of the library. This block was part of a grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, through the Greater Grand Rapids Arts Council.
The fourth quilt block from the Nestle Waters, Inc. donation has been placed on VFW Post #2964 in Reed City, MI. It can be viewed from Osceola Avenue, on the side of the building. Named Independence Day, this patriotic block was designed by Judy Martin, and featured in her book, The Block Book. Used with permission.
Evart VFW Post # 7979 is home to a new quilt block called America the Beautiful. Thanks to a gift from Nestle Waters North America, Inc., each of the four VFW posts in Osceola County, is the recipient of a four-foot quilt block. You will find this block not on the front of the building, but on the north side of the storage shed behind and to one side of the post. The post members were concerned about its location because the post is situated on a dangerous curve, and they did not want people trying to view it as they rounded the curve. It is best seen when going southbound on 85th Ave. The storage shed houses wheelchairs, tables, other items which the VFW will loan out.
A gift from Nestle Waters North America, Inc. has made it possible to place a four-foot quilt block on each of the four VFW posts in Osceola County. Pine River Post #10770, located on Mackinaw Trail in LeRoy, hosts Union Star. A few VFW members and auxiliary members met on a misty, rainy day to put it up. Fortunately, the rain paused for a while and no one got wet during the installation. The members are very excited about this block and some of them even came and helped with the painting.
A gift from Nestle Waters North America, Inc. has made it possible to place a four-foot quilt block on each of the four VFW posts in Osceola County. Post 6015 in Marion is home to Star Spangled, a quilt block designed by Judy Martin, and found in her book, The Block Book. Thanks to a couple of VFW members and their wives who helped with putting it up.
The Municipal Airport in Evart has a brand new terminal, and the Compass Rose quilt block which was on the small terminal on US10 has been moved to the new terminal on 100th Avenue.
This first week of August is Osceola County Fair week in Evart, MI. The Osceola Quilt Trail is hosting a small exhibit of quilts which have inspired quilt blocks on the trail. You can find it in the old exhibit building on the fairgrounds.
Greg and Maria Mikulich live in an old house in Marion, MI that has seen a parade of educators as residents. Greg has spend 40 years in education as well. This block represents all those with ties to education. The apple is not only “an apple for the teacher”, but to remember the apple orchard which was formerly on the property. Maria is an avid bicyclist, so the bicycle wheel is for her!
We have just put up our first INSIDE quilt block at the Inc. Spot, Love,INC’s resale store in Reed City. The Inc. Spot already had an outside block (The Cross) and wanted to draw people into the store with an inside block. The block is done in rainbow colors, called God’s Promise, in reference to a passage in Genesis where God promises to never again destroy the world with a flood, and gave Noah the rainbow as a sign of that promise.
Since used clothing is a large part of the store’s merchandise, and often is made of printed fabric, we added some stripes, dots, etc. to make the quilt look more like a “fabric” quilt of many patterns of cloth. Profits from the Inc. Spot are used to help needy families in the area in a variety of ways.