Arts Council Hosts 4th Annual Quilt Show

By Dianne Alward-Biery
Cleaver Staff Writer

5-22-Current-1st-placeHARRISON – The Clare Council for the Arts 4th Annual Quilt Show was held Friday and Saturday in the renovated Clare Depot. This year’s show included 33 quilts. Works by local quilters were in competition for first, second and third place, in the categories of Current and Vintage, while other quilts were included for display only. The quilts graced not only the main floor lobby of the Depot, but also filled the lower level which houses the Clare County Arts Council.

This year’s winners were determined by public opinion votes cast by visitors to the show. Winners in the Current category were: Susan Ward of Coleman; 2nd Place and 3rd Place went to Diane Mooradian of Harrison. Winners in the Vintage category were: 1st Place, Margery Bell of Clare; 2nd Place Linda Leuenberger of Clare; and 3rd Place Jane Sartor of Clare.

A raffle also was held with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place prizes of $250, $100 and $50 going to Kim Kleinhardt, Brian Gahagan and Jane Sartor, respectively.

A special aspect of this year’s show was a tribute to the late Connie MacAlister, who was a longtime member of the Clare County Crazy Quilters group which meets in Harrison. Before her passing in 2017, she was a quilter who was not only highly knowledgeable of the quilting arts, but also a dedicated and prolific quilter who created innumerable quilts.

The following notes were attached to the three quilts [baby, standard and king] the Crazy Quilters had supplied for the event:

“In Memory of Connie MacAlister

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Connie was a member of the Clare County Crazy Quilters. We were very saddened by her passing in April 2017.

Her contributions to the community were many. The quilts shown here today are representative of her labor. About 99 percent of her quilts were given to charity: the Women’s Shelter, Social Services, the Baby Pantry, to name a few.

Connie also served her country by serving in the Navy. There she met Mac MacAlister and they have two daughters, Amy and Cora.

She is missed by many and especially by those she served.

5-22 quilt show starsThe “Dresden Plate” baby quilt was one of Connie’s favorites, always hand-quilted and hand-pieced. This is one of her last that she was not able to complete, but was finished by a friend from the Clare County Crazy Quilters. The king-size quilt “Ruffled Roses” is a design of Susan Garman in 2010. Connie hand appliqued this quilt, machine pieced and had started the hand quilting. Unable to finish due to illness, again a friend from the Clare County Crazy Quilters finished the quilt, and it will be raffled in 2020 by the Club. The standard quilt was also not finished, again a friend from the Crazy Quilters stepped in to finish this work.

Another quilt “Connie’s Flower Garden” will be raffled in 2019 by the Clare County Crazy Quilters.”

The show celebrated quilts in multiple ways, making available information on the Clare County Quilt Trail which enables interested people to take a self-guided tour of the trail and view the blocks while enjoying the county’s scenic backdrop. The next Clare County Quilt Block Tour is scheduled for Oct. 13.

According to the CCAC literature, there are currently 58 quilt blocks on the Clare County Quilt Trail which are placed on homes, businesses and barns. Many of the blocks most familiar to county residents can be found on township halls, something made available to the townships by the CCAC through a grant from the Clare Community Foundation

Clare County is only one of the 26 counties which boast quilt trails commemorating the state’s rural heritage. For information, visit www.ClareCountyArtsCouncil.info. For information on other quilt trails in the state, visit www.quilttrailsofmichigan.blogspot.com or www.barnquiltinfo.com.