OLAH hosts quilt show

EVART -- Quaint and colorful, with intriguing names like Joshua’s Coat, Tropical Dreams, Destiny and Praise and Promise, they are a striking collection of handcrafted quilts now on display at the Osceola League for Arts and Humanities studio in Evart.

The exhibit, which opened Sep. 11 and continues through Oct. 6, showcases more than two dozen traditional quilts and examples of unique and innovative quilted items including pin cushions, handbags and table runners.

Visitors will enjoy a variety of decorative styles expressed in bed covers with a bold block design and vivid colors, soft baby quilts in soothing pastels, lap quilts in intricate vintage patterns, elaborate wall hangings and rag quilts with a cozy country look.

Each piece was stitched by members of the Dorcas Circle, a women’s group of the Calvary Baptist Church in Evart.

The circle takes it name from the New Testament woman, Dorcas, who devoted her life to good works giving generously to the poor and sewing clothes for those in need. Following the example of Dorcas, the group’s mission is to support the community and use their resources and talents to help others.

The women meet weekly for worship, fellowship, quilting and sewing. They lovingly handcraft quilts and other practical items that are donated to missionaries, families in need and a variety of outreach organizations.

Recently the circle sewed charming tie-dye pillowcase dresses for orphans in Haiti. Nearly 600 dresses were shipped to Haiti, all made by members of the group and volunteers from other area churches.

“I really appreciate the ladies of the circle,” said church pastor Scott Farrell. “They have many gifts and are willing to use their gifts and talents to show God’s love. They make so many beautiful, useful and practical items for missionaries, people in the hospital and others in need. They give of their time, and are a blessing to the community.”

The league exhibit also includes examples of quilts the women created for friends and family.

Look for the memory quilt made by Shelley Muczynski for her son. Made from a collection of T-shirts marking significant events and milestones from kindergarten through high school, it is a nostalgic record of treasured moments and experiences.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the creative work of talented local women.

The Osceola League for Arts and Humanities is at 207 N. Main St., Evart. Open hours for the studio and gift shop are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For further information about the league, call (231) 734-9900 or go to www.olahartstudioevart.com.

To learn more about the Dorcas Circle or inquire about quilts for sale, call Muczynski at (231) 250-1548.