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Quilt show offers variety, demonstrations

Elaine Mead of Grove City works on a quilting machine in her mother's basement. Mead and her mother, Bertha Hegreberg of Willmar, partner on completing dozens of quilting projects. (Tribune photos by Gary Miller)

'Block of the Month' quilt

During my year as President of Country Quilters, I used my Electric Quilt program to put together nine blocks as a "Block of the Month" project with a variety of ways to sash and border the quilt. Beginning in September 2008, one block was presented each month with directions for piecing, and members showed their completed block the following month.

A special thank you to Helen, Ramona, Linda and Judy for all their help in making the demo blocks and demonstrating how to assemble the individual blocks each month.

Several members of our guild made the blocks, and now we see many of the results here at our 2009 Quilt Show. We are repeating the program this year with a row quilt as our Block of the Month project beginning this fall. We hope to see many of them at our next show.

-- Kim Rhody

Join the Country Quilters

Since 1983, Country Quilters, an organization for persons interested in the art and practice of quilting, has met for the purpose of sharing ideas, techniques and methods; promoting interest in the art and craft of quilting; and preserving our quilt heritage.

Our purpose is to promote interest in and knowledge of every aspect of quilting. We meet the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Willmar Community Center along North Business Hwy. 71 in Willmar.

We currently have approximately 160 members and dues are $15 annually; visitor's fee $3.

For more information, contact Membership Chairperson Susan Thorson at 320-235-1760.

Raffle quilt

The quilt to be raffled for the 2009 Quilt Show was chosen by members Lois Picha and Cherie Heitke. The name of the quilt is "Garden Patch" and it is a nine-patch pieced quilt with an appliqué border. Several members of the Guild participated in making the nine-patch blocks and preparing the many appliqué pieces which were hand appliquéd by Jean Rasmussen and Deb Bomstad. The quilt was machine quilted by Jan Martin with a long-arm quilting machine.

Trunk shows and demonstrations


10:15 a.m. Pam Kyllingstad; Placemats & Napkins

11 a.m. Mona Berning; Crazy Piecing

11:45 a.m. Jan Martin; Stack & Whack

12:30 p.m. Sue Thorson; Sleeves

1:15 p.m. Mary Chalmers; Machine Quilting

2 p.m. Mary Chalmers; Machine Quilting

2:45 p.m. Mona Berning; Crazy Quilt Trunk Show

3:30 p.m. Kim Rhody & Rene Lenth; Mini Trunk Show


11:45 a.m. Connie Peters; Trunk Show

1:15 p.m. Shades of the Past; Wool Make It/Take It

2 p.m. Jan Martin; Stack & Whack

3:30 p.m. Mona Berning; Crazy Quilt Trunk Show