Here in Mio, Michigan, having grandma quilts handed down for generations is an American tradition. We also have the Mennonite Church’s Quilt Relief Sale every fall at the local fairgrounds. One of our neighbors spends the whole year working on quilts to be auctioned off for their charitable cause. These grandma quilts are works of great art and love.
I wrote our children’s book called Grandma’s Quilt, an uplifting grandma's quilt kid's rhyme, in honor of this church's event and our neighbor’s passion for quilting. Her work and that of the church help many children find comfort around the world. Her talent and the beauty she puts into her quilts is very much appreciated.
One reviewer wrote: I just read Grandma's Quilt. It is charming! I especially love the line, "If I were grandma's quilt, I'd wrap you in my soul's warm and blissful yellow, red, and blue rainbows." D. Woods
Grandma's Quilt delivers a positive message of warmth and security in these difficult times for kids. I can't imagine a Spring without baseball games, no group camps and such activities that have recently been removed from their days. These are days of picture puzzles, card games and books. We have over thirty books for kids, Grandma's Quilt being one of our favorites.
Our grandma quilts are out of the cedar chest and about the house. They are full of magical memories of love and warmth, kisses, sweet apple pies, and stories shared beside the fireplace. My mother hand sewed them with a thimble, thread and needle.
Quilting is a way of life in many rural communities across the United States. Here in Michigan, it has been a long standing tradition for grandparents to create a grandma quilt to hand down to their grandchildren. These quilts are the threads that bind families and communities together.
Quilting has inspired what are known as quilt blocks. This is a process where-by quilt designs are painted on plywood sheets and mounted on barns across the United States. These blocks are interconnected with other blocks in rural communities to form “Quilt Trails” for visitors to follow and enjoy. Like a grandma quilt, each quilt block is unique to that particular family or barn.
Our local Oscoda County Quilt Trail includes over thirty individual quilt blocks ranging in size from 8 feet by 8 feet to a smaller 4 foot by 4 foot version.
We were inspired to have our unique block mounted onto our little red shed. Our properties’ farm house and barn burnt down many years ago, but our shed with its quilt block stands resolute in the barn’s stead.
I have watched cars stop beside the road and take pictures. Our QuickTurtle block has been photographed and carried away to destinations known only by those photographers.
We are huge proponents of these quilt trails and the impact they can have on rural businesses such as ours. These trails bring people to our doors that would never otherwise find a reason to venture off the highway and into our countrysides.
I hope if you are in the Mio area that you have a chance to travel the Timberland Quilt Trail. We view it as a valid part of Brand Building In Rural Areas.
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