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Quilts are being displayed through April at the Ellsworth Public Library as part of the library’s “Mystery Quilt” event. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

Ellsworth Library’s ’Mystery Quilt’ event draws 40 entries

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Handiwork done for the eighth annual “Mystery Quilt” event is on display at the Ellsworth Public Library through April.

Forty quilts were entered in the event, which began in January, according to Julie Belz of the library staff. Participants were given the option of making 64”-by-76” or 52”-by-52” sizes.


Each week for six weeks, they received clues about making their quilt, Belz said. The first told what type of fabric they should use. Belz designed this year’s pattern.

Part of the fun comes in comparing finished quilts, as participants apply their own interpretations to the same instructions. Belz said some of this year’s quilts came from as far away as Tennessee and West Virginia. The first year the event was held, there were 22 quilts.

Another creative project planned by the library is called “A Ribbon Runs Through It,” information shared by Belz states. A mural using fabric art panels will be displayed at the library this summer.

Anyone can create a piece of the mural using the following guidelines:

--Register at the library. Those who register will receive a 36” length of ribbon to use in their panels. (There may be more if needed.)

--Any type of fabric art (quilting, applique, fabric mixed media, batik, paint, etc.), traditional or contemporary, is welcome, so be creative.

--The minimum finished size is 10”-by-12” and the maximum is 24” (height)-by-36” (width). Do any size in between.

--A ribbon is the connection between each panel. It needs to start and stop at least 2” from the top and the bottom of the panel on each side or anywhere in between.

--A 2” hanging sleeve on the back is needed. A dowel for hanging will be provided.

--Make sure maker’s name and city, and title of the panel is included. Labels will be typed up for each piece.

--Panels must be returned to the library by Wednesday, May 28. They will be displayed there throughout the summer.

The library is also observing National Library Week next Monday through Thursday. There will be cookies and a couple of prize drawings. “Tutu Day” will be held on Thursday.

Bill Kirk
Bill Kirk has been editor at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, since 1988. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.
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