Nestle Waters Honors VFW Posts with Quilt Blocks
Four new red, white and blue quilt blocks have been recent
added to the OQT with a gift from Nestle Waters, honoring the men and women who have served our country in conflict. VFW posts in Evart, Leroy, Marion and Reed City each received a four-foot quilt block for their buildings. Members of the VFW Posts chose the block designs and helped OQT volunteers paint the quilt blocks.
The Evart VFW Post #7979 hosts a block called "America the Beautiful", at 4681 85th. Leroy/Tustin's Pineriver Post #10770 boasts a "Union Star" quilt block at 116 Mackinaw Trail in Leroy. Marion's VFW Post #6015, located at 530 E. Main St. in Marion, has a "Star Spangled" quilt block. An "Independence Day" quilt block adorns the Reed City VFW Post #2964 at 129 E. Osceola Avenue in Reed City.
22387 100th Ave. Marion, Michigan
Margaret's Hope Chest, based in Grand Rapids, is a non-profit organization providing handmade quilts to individuals in need.
Carin Vogelzang developed the organization in memory of her grandmother, Margaret Herrema who was born and raised in
Osceola County and was an avid quilter. Carol Peters, Mrs.
Herrema's daughter, co-directs the foundation with Carin.
Margaret's Hope Chest has volunteer quilters from all over the world and has distributed more than 1000 quilts.
Carin and Carol contacted the OQT this spring, wishing to donate a quilt block in memory of Margaret Herrema. The quilt block Grandmother's Cross shines on the Ben and Nella
Eisenga barn on 100th Avenue. The Eisengas are Carol Peter's cousins and were happy to host the block in memory of Margaret Herrema.
Paul and Mary Ann Romanowski chose an original quilt design by Elsie Vredenburg for the quilt block on their barn at 18149 110th Ave. in Tustin. The quilt block features their favorite things - flowers, hummingbirds, butterflies and pine trees.
A New Address for '54-40 or Fight'
The first of our quilt blocks that went up in 2009 has made a move.
'54-40 or Fight', which is on the Centennial Farm of Doug and Melanie Wirth, has been moved down the road from 8044 Nine Mile Rd., outside of Evart, to 8335 80th Ave., due to the demise of the barn at the former site. Sad to see this glorious old barn go; it graced several OQT early Guides and can still be seen on the blog site, Facebook page, and right here... The quilt block had a safe trip down the road and is already installed on its new home. We think you'll like it.
The quilt blocks here were added to the trail between April 2011 and March 2012. (*Note: The following blocks are included in the 2012 OQT Guide)
Moon Lit Woods Farm20106 Three Mile Rd. -Reed CityThe six pines - honoring the newest generation of the Woods family to live on this family farm - are silhouetted by a bright moon on the Moon Lit Woods quilt block. Moon Lit Woods The Osceola Grand Hotel940 West US 10 - Evart Contemporary colors make this traditional County Fair quilt block pop. Mounted on the north side of the Osceola Grand Hotel, facing the Osceola County Fairgrounds Campground, the block is a welcoming gift to visitors. County Fair Osceola League for the Arts and Humanities 207 N. Main St. - Evart OLAH chose to adapt a stainedglass pattern for their quilt block - much like an appliquéd style quilt. The organization has titled their block Love of Art, ascribing symbolism to the colors - purple buds representing artists who are just realizing their potential; green for artistic growth; blue for tranquility; pink heart for love; yellow promoting a sunny outlook on life.
Love of Art
14783 21 Mile Rd. - Just inside Mecosta County, off Hoover Rd. near Paris
The Van Alstine's youngest child, Micah Sue, inspired the block they titled Micah's Block. Micah Sue learned to sew and quilt under her grandmother's loving tutelage at a young age. The family's four children are represented in the four squares; the repeating trio of triangles represent their three primary influences - mother, father, and that quilting grandmother.
123 No. Chestnut St. - Reed City
The imposing structure housing Clementshaw Feeds in downtown
Reed City provided a wonderfully weathered chocolate backdrop,
with framing in place, for this most appropriate traditional
Corn and Beans quilt block, installed on-point.
Corn and Beans
9173 15 Mile Rd. - Evart
A perfect fit for an avid fisherman, the Gone Fishin'
qullt block chosen by the Muczynski family, is
an adaption of a traditional quilt pattern.
(Size of fish carefully researched!)
Home of David and Delores Arndt
14730 Wildwood Rd. - Evart
This Star of Heaven quilt block stands out as you approach
the Arndt home near Sunrise Lake,
leading three generations home. A quilt made by
Delores inspired this block.
Star of Heaven
Hersey Fire Hall
210 Main St. - Hersey
This traditional Rabbit's Foot quilt block, in flame hues
of red and gold found a home on the Hersey Fire Hall.
Conner Family Home
5531 30th Ave. - Sears
The family's Irish heritage is evident in their block choice
- Irish Chain - and is mirrored in a quilt of
the same pattern made by our host.
Reed C ity High School
829 So. Chestnut St. - Reed City
Reed City High School students designed and painted this
block memoralizing two teachers who recently lost their lives.
They aren't likely to forget the coach who told them they had the "Hearts of
Champions." The students titled their quilt block Heart of a Champion.
Heart of a Champion
Evart Historical Society Museum/Evart Public Library
105 No. Mair St. - Evart
The bright and bold Sawtooth Pinwheel quilt block
design harkens to Evart's lumber heritage.
5236 110th Ave. - Evart
It's all about the love of a grandmother for her four "grands".
Host Barb Sigmund designed the block she titled Grandma's Heart,
using a pieced pillow she quilted, with those "grands" as her inspiration.
Middlebranch Township Hall
2963 15 Mile Rd. - Marion
Nationally known quilt designer Debbie Field allowed the use
of her Maple Leaf design for this site. Local artisans brought
their talents to the painting of the trees, small maple leaves. and deer.
Lincoln Township Fire Hall
10981 210th Ave. - Reed City
An aptly chosen traditional quilt block on the
Lincoln Township Fire Hall is titled Lincoln.
Rose Lake County Park
17726 Youth Dr. - LeRoy
Visitors to the Rose Lake County Park are greated
in rosy style by the Rose quilt block