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Quilters piece together project for Middle Park Land Trust

Autumn Phillips
Grand County, Colorado

It’s a scene from another place and time. The sun streams in on a circle of women, a corner of a quilt draped on each lap. They each work a thread and needle in and out of the quilt, putting the finishing touches on a project that has taken most of the past year.

On Wednesday, members of the Grand Quilters met at Betsy Miller’s house to put the binding or fabric frame on the edge of a quilt they made for the Middle Park Land Trust.

Present were Miller, Grace Hammond, Lori Scott, Joan Shaw and Kay Rhoads. The conversation flowed freely about family life, the future and their mutual love of Grand County. Their love of quilting brought them together ” a group ranging in age that day from 38 to 85.

The Grand Quilters has 25 members and each had a hand in the making of the Land Trust quilt. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the home of a member. (To attend, call 726-5997).

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The Land Trust quilt is the group’s portrait of Grand County. They selected 16 photos from the Land Trust’s annual photo contest that represented what they love about the area ” meadows and mountains, flowers and wildlife and iconic images of working cowboys. The images were transferred onto fabric and are the focal points of the quilt.

All the fabric came from quilter Diane Fisher’s collection or “stash” as the women call it.

Professional quilter Linda Carlson of Grand Lake volunteered her time to do the actual quilting.

The Grand Quilters have been quilting together since 1986 and started making fundraising projects a couple years later.

They made a quilt to raise money for the new Fraser Valley Library that brought in almost $10,000, counting raffle tickets and the sale of posters and postcards that feature the quilt. A copy of the quilt still hangs in the Fraser library.

The Grand Quilters had barely finished the Land Trust quilt on Wednesday when Miller said, “Now, we’re ready for the next one.” This one will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

A pile of fabric was already spread out on the dining room table and the women were debating the color scheme.

“I love the creativity of this group,” Shaw said. “No two quilts are alike and you are making something unique that will last for generations to come.”

” To reach Autumn Phillips call 887-3334 ext. 19600 or e-mail aphillips@skyhidailynews.com

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