Fall is coming!
Tue, 09/13/2022 - 2:36pm caleb
The AuSable Quilt Guild is here to make sure you’re warm
Jessica Shepard | Staff Writer
It’s coming into fall, and everyone knows what that means: warm blankets, fuzzy socks, and all the soup you can take! One local group is here to help with the blankets.
The AuSable Quilt Guild is a local organization that has been in existence in Grayling for 35 years. It was founded in 1987 by a group of women interested in promoting and encouraging quilting in the community. The original membership hosted quilt shows annually until 1999. This year, during the sesquicentennial, the Quilt Guild has decided to once again host a show!
According to Lonnie Stevens, Chair of the Quilt Show Committee, this could be a sign of more quilting events to come.
“If this year is successful,” said Lonnie, “then we will be going back to bringing them back every year.”
The show will be held Thursday, September 22, through Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post in Grayling. The cost of admission is $2 per person.
“The purpose of the quilt show is to celebrate and show the history of quilting to our local community,” said Lonnie. “There will be a judged display of quilts beginning with those entirely done by hand all the way through modern quilts with computerized embroidery and elaborate quilting designs.”
“We will also be offering a boutique of handmade gift items from small trinkets to full size handmade quilts,” Lonnie said. “There will be raffles for three beautiful quilts and many other items of value. The intent is to raise the funds to pay for the presentation of this show and to support the community charity and service projects undertaken by the guild over the next two years. This will begin with service projects for the Commission on Aging Meals on Wheels program including special place mats for Christmas and a quilt raffle to help with funding.”
“Our previous service projects include the quilts adorning the walls at the Township Hall, the library, Hartwick Pines, and several other community buildings. Additionally, we make baby blankets and quilts to be given away at the Baby to Toddler Closets in Crawford, Roscommon, and Kalkaska counties. Along with all of that, we participate in the National Quilts of Valor project and provide quilts to local veterans,” Lonnie said. “We provided quilts to volunteer drivers who transported patients to doctor appointments throughout the COVID winter crisis period, keeping the drivers warm while waiting in parking lots for patients.”
The AuSable Quilt Guild is made up of 45 members who enjoy quilting and sharing the art form with others. Penny Turner is the president of the club. They meet monthly to sew at the Days Inn of Grayling on the first Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m. on. Any adult interested in quilting is welcome to join.
“As with most quilters, my interest in this form of sewing grew from many years of garment making and a general love of sewing,” said Lonnie. “Making quilts is much more then sewing a blanket, it is the joy of knowing that whomever the quilt is for will be wrapped in millions of stitches of love or gratitude that you are passing along to them. Quilts have represented that special personal comfort and compassion throughout history; that is why they are preserved and recognized in museums.”
“We just really want to invite the entire community to come to the show, learn about the art of quilting and what our organization does to support the community,” Lonnie said.
For more information on the club, make sure to stop by Days Inn and check it out!