Quilt show set for weekend

BIG RAPIDS — Alice Bandstra has been making quilts for more than 30 years. A resurgence in quilting during the 1976 U.S. bicentennial celebration piqued her interest in the hobby. Since then she has crafted countless quilts, that have been given to friends and family and displayed others around her Big Rapids home.

To get others interested in quilting, Bandstra chairs the committee that organizes an event for quilters from Mecosta County and beyond to display their works and share ideas and techniques with other enthusiasts.

The third Quilters Glory Quilt Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. Quilts will be displayed at Big Rapids Middle School and the Old Jail. Admission is $5, which is good for both days at both locations. Numerous vendors also will be displaying quilts, patterns and supplies available for purchase.

Organizer Phyllis Jacobs expects this year’s show to be the largest to date. More than 150 quilted items were displayed at the first show in 2007, with about 250 people in attendance. Two years later, more than 210 quilted items were displayed and attendance was doubled.

Vendor and author, Debra Henniger, of the Chicago area, will display quilts she’s made and lecture on her book, “Hobo Quilts.” The book shows historic photos and letters dating back to the 1930s.

The quilting show also will feature the Ladies of the Library Group, of Midland, who will discuss and demonstrate an appliqué technique that has become the group’s specialty.

For more information about the quilting show, contact Phyllis Jacobs at (231) 796-0202.