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Showcase of quilt art set for Nov. 17-18

November 10, 2012
By RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Those attending the Marquette County Quilters' Association's 2012 Autumn Comforts Quilt Show will see bright colors and beautiful patterns in the more than 300 quilts on display.

But they'll see something more.

"The show is a demonstration of the quality work done by the association," said Gwinn resident Judy Parlato, a longtime member. "It really is excellence in the art of quilting. We challenge one another in perfecting our craft."

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MARQUETTE — Rosemary Glenn is being honored by the Marquette County Quilters’ Association at its 2012 Autumn Comforts Quilt Show.
“Members of Marquette County Quilters’ Association both past and present gather together this year at the Autumn Comforts Quilt Show to honor a very special person who has deeply enriched our lives,” wrote MCQA member Nancy Henderson in a news release. “Our praise and love for Rosemary Glenn share many commons threads but most often we celebrate her constant smile, her wit, her enthusiasm to learn, her valued friendship and her unselfish giving of herself in encouraging others to grow.”
Glenn, a longtime member of the association, has a long list of contributions to the organization. For instance, she recruits donations of fabric, patterns and other items from quilt association members.
Also, Glenn runs the “sales table” at association meetings, the place where members buy donated items. The monies raised from this table go toward the annual quilt sale at Peter White Public Library, which Glenn also leads.
She is a past president of MCQA and has chaired many committees for the organization.
A special section of this year’s Autumn Comforts Quilt Show will display some of Glenn’s quilts from which her love of quilting shines through.

The show - set for Nov. 17 and 18 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum Center at Northern Michigan University - takes place every other year as a showcase for the myriad masterpieces made by association members.

The association, though, puts something extra into its efforts: Charity.

"We all have our own little niches and there are many venues we can participate in," Parlato said. "The association members have a real heart for our community be it for babies, for women, for veterans ... There are many options available for those who want to contribute to charity through quilting.

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Harvest Quilt raffle:

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is supporting the Marquette County Quilters Association's 2012 Autumn Comforts Quilt Show by selling raffle tickets for the Harvest Quilt, which is on display in the MACC gallery. Tickets will be sold through Wednesday for $1 each or six for $5. Tickets also are available at Ben Franklin, Alley Cats and the Viking Sewing Village in Marquette; Country Garden Quilts in Ishpeming; or from any Marquette County Quilters' Association member.

"We take on new charities as people become more aware of our association and what we do."

The show is a gorgeous display of antique-vintage quilts, traditional quilts, modern quilts and charity quilts, but it's much more than that.

- It's an occasion to honor longtime member and former association president Rosemary Glenn (see sidebar).

- It's an opportunity to provide a "bed turning" demonstration. In that, a collection of quilts made before 1950 will be shown off as was done many years ago when ladies would gather for an afternoon tea, with the hostess putting out several of her quilts she had made on her bed. As each quilt was turned back, the hostess would share a story about the quilt with her friends.

This year, MCQA members are sharing their treasures from the past with a story to accompany each quilt.

- "Heroes Among Us" is this year's quilt challenge theme for association members. This past spring several MCQA members worked with fourth-graders at Sawyer Elementary School in designing and creating quilt wall hangings honoring someone he or she considered to be a hero. That effort inspired the MCQA show committee and those hero quilts - along with guild members quilts - will be displayed in a Heroes Hall of Fame, honoring those who have made a difference in these quilters' lives.

- The Michigan Quilt Network will host "Sisters Choice" at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Bonanza Family Restaurant in Marquette, with admission $7 for the public (and $5 for association members). "Sisters Choice" will feature Delphine Miller, an award-winning quilter and designer, and Ann Rowland, a singer-songwriter, who together will bring music, color, pattern and story together in a special presentation.

A "Dutch treat" dinner will precede the event at 5 p.m.

For Parlato, the quilting world is exciting.

"I retired from teaching in the Gwinn schools in 1997. I had always admired quilting and bought my first Viking sewing machine after that," she said. "In 2000, I realized I loved art quilts, so I got into designing my own. I have an absolute wonderful time creating quilts.

"Now I want to share this craft with everyone."

The Marquette County Quilters' Association, which includes members from several counties in the Upper Peninsula, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

For more information, visit the group's website at

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is



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