The first community quilt is well on its way to becoming complete at the end of the Baileys Harbor Quilting Bee’s seventh week. More than 40 people have participated, with some folks contributing two or more squares. The quilt has 17 completed squares and another 20 some in the works.
Material donations have been bountiful and discussions among the group regulars have already started about a new quilt next winter and possibly even continuing throughout the summer. Even with cold temperatures, blizzards and a Super Bowl, participation has been steady. Completed squares are works of art, some sprawling with stitches, some smothered with beads, but all bursting with color and creativity.
The Trillium Quilt Guild has had one of their members in attendance every Sunday and they’ve been a huge asset to the project.
Donations of materials are still being accepted. There is a bin set up in the Baileys Harbor Town Hall inside by the library entrance. Up to this point all materials have been recycled, but the sashing and backing will need to be purchased. The squares that have been created are so detailed and creative the group decided one solid color should be used for sashing and backing to best show off each individual square. Monetary donations for this part of the process are appreciated and can be earmarked for the ‘Community Quilt’ and mailed to: Baileys Harbor Historical Society, PO Box 336, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202.
There’s only one week left, so if you’d like to get involved stop by the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on Feb. 23 from 10 am to 3 pm.