By Julie Ann Madden
Their passion is quilting. It doesn’t matter what size or fabric or pattern — they will try it.
During this past weekend’s Beresford Wheels & Squeals, they showcased a few of their sewing masterpieces at the Beresford City Library.
Avis Lumber of Beresford had four of her latest quilts on display.
“I saw a pattern in a magazine,” she told The Akron Hometowner about why she made one using the Dresden Plate pattern.
It’s symmetrical flowers are all made of vintage feed sacks that she’d collected or been given by a cousin.
“So this is how my feed sack quilt turned out,” said Blumer, who has been quilting about 40 years. She put the quilt top of Dresden Plate blocks together in 2010 and had it made into a quilt in 2013.
“I learned to sew when I was young,” said Blumer, noting she was 10 or 11 years old when she started making her own clothes — many out of feed sacks — using a treadle sewing machine. “At school we had both electric and treadle sewing machines. I always picked a trendle because your stitches were more even as you could go slower…now I’ve worked up to a computerized sewing machine.”
Blumer has made hundreds of quilt and likes to make queen bed size ones the most.
At the Quilt Show, she also featured her quilts “Stack and Wack,” “Square in a Square,” and “Scrappy Quilt.”
“Quilting’s addicting,” said Blumer, explaining she doesn’t like to make the same 1uilt pattern twice. “You go into these quilt sops and see all these fabrics and how can you go home without?”
“I think I have more than some shops,” she laughed. ““They say any quilter that dies with the most wins.”
“We don’t have a fabric store in Beresford so there are some people who come and shop at my house,” said Blumer, who not only quilts for her own enjoyment, she is one of the Beresford Zion United Methodist Church quilters making quilts for mission projects.
As one soon learns, Blumer has “many irons in the fire,” as she said she’s also knitting sweaters for baby layettes.
“If you just know how to sew, give it a try,” said Blumer. “It’s really rewarding.”
“One square, one little bit at a time and pretty soon you have enough for a quilt,” said Blumer. “It doesn’t even have to be fancy. If you just sew squares, that’s a quilt. That’s all they started out as.”
Fellow quilter Joyce Jensen was doing just that — not making squares but hexagons about 1 inch in diameter as people came through the show Friday.
Calling it her “diddle” work, Jensen just doesn’t sit and wait when she’s alone. She “diddles” hand-sewing quilt blocks or in this case, she’s making about 100 hexagons for a table runner.
Jensen explained that seven hexagons make a rosette and once the rosettes are made, she’ll sew each one together until she gets the size of table runner she wants. She may even add a gold bead in the center of each hexagon.
“You need thousands of these size hexagons for a bed size quilt, she said. “I’ll keep going until I’m sick of it, then I’ll go on to something else.”
There were 20 quilts featured in the Quilt Show, created and/or submitted by nine different quilters.
The sizes ranged from a wall hanging and baby quilt to king-size bed quilts.
The patterns had names such as “Rob Peter to Pay Paul,” “Stars Over The Prairie, “Seven Sisters,” “Drunkard’s Path,” and the more common “Nine Patch,” “Log Cabin” and “Double Wedding Ring.”
Fabrics used included cotton, acetate and T-shirts with either cotton or wool batting. Some were hand-sewn such as “Grandmother’s Flower Garden made of hexagons made by a woman’s great-grandmother who lived in Pennsylvania.
This is the 11th year for the Quilt Show, which is held during Beresford’s annual celebration.
By Julie Ann Madden
With summer in full swing now, Akron police asked Westfield councilors to clarify their noise ordinance.
They wanted to know what time the council wanted outdoor activities at Hummer’s Roadhouse to end so they could enforce the city’s noise ordinance.
Councilor Jenny Hartman-Mendoza made a motion to set a time limit of 12:30 a.m. and Councilor Marcia Dewey seconded it. The vote was unanimous, 5-0. It was noted in the absence of Mayor Bill Hummel, Councilor Don Dion was mayor pro tem.
City Clerk Angela Olson will schedule a public hearing on this at the May meeting.
In other business at their April 15 meeting, the Council:
• Unanimously approved renewing Hummer’s Roadhouse’s liquor license.
• Had a consensus to decline donating to the Plymouth County Historical Museum.
• Was informed the letters on the Westfield Community Center’s building front had been falling off the building due to them being installed with silicon not screws. The company was going to replace all the letters in the next few weeks.
• Decided to have Dion supervise Akron-Westfield students on Community Service Day, which was May 5. The students painted benches and picnic tables in the Westfield City Park as well as cleaned the park and the Loess Hills Visitors Center garden.
• Discussed what to do about the Westfield school building property and other dilapidated structures, especially now that lawn care will be needed and it’s ball season when the community has a lot of out-of-town guests who come to the games.
Olson informed the council she has received housing rehabilitation grants whereby residents can receive up to $7,600 for repair and/or replacement of roofs, siding, windows, furnaces, air conditioning, installation, plumbing, handicap accessibility and other types of repairs and improvements.
Homeowners must meet certain criteria, including income guidelines.
She had already contacted some homeowners, and this has been posted at the Westfield Post Office.
• Discussed where to put the pea gravel used in seal coating the streets. There was a concern the gravel had not been cleaned up properly after the last time.