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.
For their “up north” home away from home, Paul and Mary Ann Romanowski chose this quilt block featuring four of their favorite things: butterflies, pine trees, hummingbirds, and flowers.
Margaret’s Hope Chest is a quilting non-profit started by Carin Vogelzang in memory of her grandmother, Margaret Herrema of Grand Rapids, MI who died tragically in 2005. Mrs. Herrema was born and raised in Osceola County, and did quilting for charity. Carol Peters, Margaret’s daughter,is now the co-director of Margaret’s Hope Chest, along with her daughter Carin.
Carol and Carin wanted to do something in Osceola County in memory of Margaret, since it was her birthplace, so they contacted us at the Quilt Trail about donating a quilt block in her memory. Carol’s cousins, Ben and Nella Eisenga, graciously allowed the quilt block to be placed on their barn on 100th Avenue.
MSU Sponsors Quilt Trail Gathering August 11, 2012
Dr. Julie Avery, Michigan State University, will facilitate a gathering
in Marion, MI on Saturday, August 11, to encourage interested individuals
from throughout Michigan to learn about starting or growing a quilt trail.
The Osceola Quilt Trail will host the event at the Marion United Methodist
Church, beginning at 9:30 am. Advance registration is encouraged.
Participants can expect roundtable discussions on Community Involvement,
Quilt Blocks 101 – Designing, Drafting, Painting and Installation of Quilt
Blocks, Promoting and Financing a Quilt Trail, and Assessing the Economic
Impact of Quilt Trails on Rural Communities.
QBT Gathering Flyer optomized
Builder’s Block now adorns the front of the Marion Lumberyard in Marion, MI. We chose this block because of its name, but we also like the geometric quality of it.