A lot of hard work, talent and love went into the creation of the Town of Eden’s bicentennial quit. Bicentennial Quilt Committee Head Joan Staby and Committee Members Martha Muck, MaryJo Hodge, Linda Yovanoff, Katy Sturm, Martha Muck, Chris and Danielle North oversaw the completion of the quilt from the summer of 2010 until February 2012.
The process began in 2010, when the Bicentennial Quilt Committee designed and planned the layout of the 60-inch quilt. Twelve 9-inch blocks and 16 4-inch blocks were to surround the 22-inch center block, which was to be the Bicentennial Logo.
The blocks made by the members represent key buildings, new and old, along with scenes and objects which remind them of Eden. Some of the buildings shown are The Kazoo Factory, Eden Town Hall, Agles Farm Market, Eden Elementary School along with notable churches and barns.
The large center logo, made by Yovanoff, was her interpretation of the town’s Bicentennial Logo.
The quilt fabrics were chosen under the guidance of Chris and Danielle North, which resulted in a wonderful scrappy blend of colors and textures. Observers can find flowers, animals, birds, produce and, of course, corn throughout the quilt. The Eden Jr.-Sr. High School emblem and Scouting are also represented.
The blocks were completed by the members of the guild by September 2011 and the quilt top was assembled by Chris North.
Danielle North of Northstar Quilting did a phenomenal job quilting it and the binding was completed by Esther Horton.
The quilt was completed by February 2012. It was presented to the town at the opening Bicentennial ceremony at the Eden Jr.-Sr. High School in April 2012.
A custom wood frame was designed and made by Sue Edlers’ father-in-law, John L. Edler, so the quilt can safely be displayed for years to come by the Town of Eden.