2018-03-08 / News

Our Saviour Lutheran Church hosts 17th annual Habitat for Humanity Quilt Show

By Cameron Kerkau

Quilting is an American tradition born from a scarcity of materials and a need for warmth, so it’s fitting that quilts be the center of a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 2525 Hemmeter Road, is holding its 17th annual Habitat for Humanity Quilt Show on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Quilting has a long tradition in this country. It fits beautifully with renovating homes because the history of quilting in America was that there was great need and so women who needed bedding could cut up clothing that was no longer wearable and make beautiful patchwork to keep their families warm and their homes beautiful. That’s kind of what Habitat for Humanity is doing with houses. They take houses in need of some tender love and care and bring them up to code and make them into wonderful, affordable housing,” said Jane Werner, who coordinates the show with fellow churchgoer Linda Grindahl

Quilters from across Michigan, and a few from out-of-state, donate items for the auction. All items are available for bid in a silent auction and all proceeds go directly to Habitat for Humanity. In the first 16 years of the show, $175,000 has been raised, with an average of $10,000 each year. There will also be a buy-it-now booth of various smaller hand-crafted items available for purchase.

“Quilting is not just a craft,” said Werner, “It’s an art form.”

The quilt show is set up as an art exhibit, and bidders and non-bidders alike are welcome to view, said Werner. Quilters wishing to contribute creations for the auction may contact Werner at (989) 326-1192 or werner6@juno.com. The cutoff for donations is March 21.

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