Cozy, warm quilts fight the frigid February temps

Posted February 14, 2014 at 4:28 am


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This month’s bulletin board at the Akron Library features quilts by Linda Nielsen of Akron. She has been quilting for more than 30 years and says, “It is her passion.”

The traditional blocks are her favorites and this display reflects that. Variations of stars, baskets and bear paws quilt block patterns are shown in her collection. Nielsen is usually on a mission to use up her stash so there are several scrappy quilts as well.

Nielsen began quilting simply because she likes to sew and loves the finished products. She uses 100 percent cotton fabric, and all her creations are gifts to friends or herself.

The quilt patterns on display include Mrs. Lincoln’s Star, Bear Paw, Hattie’s Basket, Stars and Scraps, Twisting Star, Diamond Delight and Strippy Doll Quilt (Civil War Era).

Nielsen said, “Although I have been piecing (quilts) for a long time, machine quilting on my longarm (machine) is still a learning process for me.”

Mary Roder, a machine quilter from Merrill, did the machine quilting on the “Catherine’s Stars” quilt.

Stop at the Akron Pubic Library and get the cozy, warm feeling these quilts are sure to give you, said Akron Library Director Jeannie Frerichs.

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