Quilt benefits Jorgen's Park
The quilt, "Dora's Meadow," was donated and created by the Norske Needlers Quilting Guild of Iola.
The quilt was presented to the Friends of the Jorgen's Park Preserve on Thursday, June 7.
It will be on display at the Scandinavia Public Library during its "Dream Big: Read" summer programming.
The raffle drawing will take place Thursday, Sept. 13, during Community Coffee in the Scandinavia Municipal Building.
For each of the last few years, the library has promoted a charity whose purpose coincides with its summer programming theme.
The quilt pattern is based on "Song of Praise" as published by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
It is 100 percent cotton fabric with 100 percent polyester batting. It is machine washable.
Materials were donated by Mary Bohlman, Patty Mork and Dianne Erickson, of Iola, Sandy Marcy, of Ogdensburg, and Priscilla Obermeier, of Waupaca.
The quilt was machine pieced by Nancy Camber, Susie Freistadt, Mary Jo Gerhardt, Barbara Ische, Barb Kobs, Toya Lund, Nancy Oftedahl and Patty Mork, of Iola, Jane Marx, and Meredith Miller, of Scandinavia, and Priscilla Obermeier, of Waupaca.
The machine quilting was by: Dianne Erickson, of Iola, Meredith Miller, of Scandinavia, and Marcia Mueller, of Manawa.
Hand sewn binding was by Michelle Frola, of Iola.
When approached about the idea of creating a quilt that would raise money for the park, members of the Norske Needlers responded quickly.
The group decided to make a large quilt to help with the fundraising effort.
Norske member Sandy Marcy had won a lap quilt-sized pattern called "Song of Praise," published by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, and most of the fabric for a queen-sized quilt.
Realizing she would likely never make the quilt herself, she offered it to the group to use for the Jorgen's Park quilt.
The group accepted it and went to work to adapting the pattern from lap-size to queen-size.
Priscilla Obermeier, Mary Bohlman and Patty Mork all donated fabric or batting for the project and began working on it in February.
Some members used their time during Crafting Bee, a weekly open crafts program sponsored by the Scandinavia Public Library, to cut all the fabric that would be used in the quilt top.
In early March, the top was pieced together.
Eleven members spent a total of 64 hours sewing fabric pieces into blocks, blocks into rows, rows into a quilt center and then adding three borders around the center quilt.
Norske Needlers Dianne Erickson and Sandy Kamine layered together the quilt top, the batting and the backing, and then Dianne quilted medallions into 142 of the 143 blocks that make up the quilt's center.
Because the original "Song of Praise" pattern had been altered enough to create this queen-size quilt, and because of the special purpose intended for the quilt, it was felt that a change in the quilt's name would be appropriate. Suggestions were taken, and a vote was held.
The winning name, "Dora's Meadow," was suggested by Patty Mork from her childhood memories of driving by the Jorgen's property and seeing Dora in her wide-brimmed hat out tending her gardens.
The last quilted block in the quilt center and the quilt's binding carry a special story with them.
Three groups worked to support the same goal: the Friends of the Jorgen's Park Preserve, the Norske Needlers and the Scandinavia Public Library.
As a result, a heart was quilted in the final block in the center of the quilt.
A tradition from the Navajo rug weavers was also borrowed. When they weave a rug, a thread from the center of the rug is woven through the rug's border. This is believed to allow the creative spirit of the weaver to escape the rug and thus be free to be used again by the weaver as he or she creates a new rug.
In the case of this quilt, a "gap" was created in the quilt's binding using a second fabric to symbolize the spirit of the community as it aid sin the creation of the Jorgen's Park Preserve. The hope is that once established, the spirit of the park will enrich the lives of members of the community and beyond.
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