2018-04-12 / News

Ohio couple quilts for Saginaw Habitat for Humanity

By Cameron Kerkau


Habitat for Humanity volunteers Kiersten Tilot (left) Alyssa Deplonty (right) are shown with some of the donated quilts. 
Photo by Cameron Kerkau Habitat for Humanity volunteers Kiersten Tilot (left) Alyssa Deplonty (right) are shown with some of the donated quilts. Photo by Cameron Kerkau SAGINAW TWP. – Linda Grindahl and Jane Werner of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 2525 Hemmeter Road, have been organizing the Habitat for Humanity Quilt Show for 17 years, and for 17 years Carol and Gary Preston have donated at least 10 quilts to each show.

“Linda is a friend of one of my best friends and when she said she did this up in Saginaw, I said by golly I would be very, very happy to donate a couple of quilts. I love to be able to send the quilts off to people who will appreciate them,” said Carol.

The 17th annual Habitat for Humanity Quilt Show at Our Saviour Lutheran Church will be held on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All items are available for bid in a silent auction and all proceeds go directly to Habitat for Humanity. There will also be a buy-it-now booth of various smaller hand-crafted items available for purchase.


A miniature bed, handmade and donated by community members, is on display. 
Photo by Cameron Kerkau A miniature bed, handmade and donated by community members, is on display. Photo by Cameron Kerkau Carol is a tailor who taught at the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design in Cleveland, Ohio, and for the Singer Sewing Company. She has been sewing all her life, but only became interested in quilts when her mother-in-law showed her some that she had done by hand.

“I thought ‘Well they are very nice but this is kind of a granny thing to do. Anybody could do quilts,’” said Carol.

Then Carol made her first quilt, and she fondly remembers it not going well.

“Just a few years ago I burned it,” Carol said. “It was the first one I had ever done and it was a mess. I did everything wrong. This is not an easy thing to do. These gals who do these quilts have to be very precise, and they have to have a good sense of color, and a good sense of design. It’s an art.”


Jackets created by Lorraine Ropas will be available for purchase at the 17th annual Habitat for Humanity Quilt Show. 
Photo by Cameron Kerkau Jackets created by Lorraine Ropas will be available for purchase at the 17th annual Habitat for Humanity Quilt Show. Photo by Cameron Kerkau When Gary retired 12 years ago, he was looking for a hobby and decided to join Carol in making quilts.

“It’s so much fun. I just make quilts because I have tons of fabric that I’ve inherited and I think I need to use it up. So I use what I have and I do not sell them. I give them to people and I donate them. It’s something that I love to do,” said Carol.

“I saw some of the quilts that others have donated this year and some of those probably should have been given awards,” said Carol.

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