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Garden quilt show winners announced

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The seventh annual Garden Quilt Show & Tea has come and gone in Lake Park.

This year, a total of 87 quilts were hung for the competition, with six more displayed just for the enjoyment of guests.

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It was another beautiful day, with lots of treats and tea consumed. The favorite seemed to be the strawberry crinkle cookies — there were almost none left.

The quilt winners, by popular vote, were as follows:

First place, Karie Dynan of Battle Lake with a white whole cloth quilt. She won a gift certificate for $50 from Red Pine Quilt Shop in Detroit Lakes and a $50 gift certificate from Bay Window Quilt Shop in Perham. Dynan made this quilt for her mother-in-law, Linda.  Linda has shown one of her own creations just about every year the quilt show has been held.

Second place went to Joann Mastin of Ogema, with a pink pieced quilt with crystals and gold thread embroidery on each block. Her prizes included a gift card to Bay Window Quilt Shop in Perham and a carry all bag from 31. Mastin won first place in the quilt show two years ago.

Sue Disse from Detroit Lakes was the third place winner. Sue’s entry was an appliqued quilt with a different rose on each block. She took home a $50.00 gift certificate from Red Pine Quilt Shop. Disse had worked on this quilt for at least three years before completing it.

Fourth place winner Mavis Lura entered a very large velvet crazy quilt with hand embroidery around each crazy piece. She made her quilt 25 years ago. Her prize was a large floral bag from 31. Lura is formerly from Hawley and now lives in Moorhead.

Fifth place winner was Ruth Nelson, with a lovely pieced and appliqued quilt in brick reds and green. Her 31 bag prize is perfect for fabric shopping. Nelson has entered many times and always wins something.

One of the most interesting quilts was another all white whole cloth quilt. The story that came with it told us it had been made by two Irish immigrant girls traveling in a covered wagon from New York to Elk River, Minn., in 1836.

It was in very nice shape and looked like it had been well cared and never abuse for all its 175 years.

Families Forever was once again successful in raising enough money to provie scholarships again next year.

The first scholarship competition will start after the first of the year for at least one Lake Park Audubon senior.

The quilt show and scholarships are sponsored by Families Forever Scholarship Group, in memory of Mary Disse Ballard. 

Mary died of cancer eight years ago. She believed strongly in the value of family, community and church in shaping young people.

In November, Families Forever’s new fundraiser, the Turkey Day 5K, will be held in Lake Park on Thanksgiving Day, starting in front of the American Legion. Save the date! 

Thanks to all who attended, exhibited or helped in any way with the show. The list of helpers is too long to include everyone. Special thanks to the families of Doug Ballard, Tom Disse, and Jerry Disse.  Ed Stellmach, Linda Fagerlie, Karen Erickson, Abby Anderson, Mel Hanson, and Carmen Elston.

Next year’s show will be early. The date is not set, but will likely be the last weekend in July, so start sewing soon!

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