The latest project for the Grand Quilters and friends of the Grand County Historical Association (GCHA) is the ‘Grand Quilt Trail’. The Grand Quilters began in 1975. The 45+ members share their creations, learn new techniques and plan charity projects and events. They take pride in making custom quilts for raffle or auction to raise money for many non-profit organizations such as the Historical Museum, Fraser Valley Library, Family Mountain Center, Pet Pals, Middle Park Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity, and a beautiful wall hanging for Church of the Eternal Hills.
The well-known Fraser Library quilt was designed by Carol Kitts, a local Artist, and includes scenes from around Grand County. That quilt raised over $10,000 to help with building the Fraser library. The quilters were asked to make a duplicate for display in the library and it is there for all to enjoy.
The Grand Quilt Trail is a collection of Quilt designs painted on 2’x2′ or 4’x4′ blocks of wood. These are painted, sold for $100 and $200 respectively through the GCHA, and delivered to participating businesses throughout Grand County creating a ‘trail’ of art deco wood blocks painted in quilt designs hung around businesses throughout Grand County.
Betsy deVries, head of the Grand Quilters said. “They are many trails in the US and we decided it was about time Grand County started our own trail.”
Currently there are over 35 quilt blocks up in Grand County, including Fabric Nook, Mountain Parks Electric, Edward Jones, Azteca, Lonesome Stone, Country Ace, Mountain Family Center, Tabernash Tavern, Miller Storage, Ace Hardware, WP Wellness, Fraser Valley Chiropractic, The Town of Fraser, Tim Day, FV Professional Building, Fraser Community Gardens, Naked Aspen Design, Bank of the West, Centennial Bank, Winter Park Dental, Grand Valley Flooring, Cozens Ranch Museum, Hernandos, The Pub, Winter Park Chateau, Lavender Elephant, Cooper Creek Square, WP Chamber and Devils Thumb Ranch.
According to Mary Amens, Grand County Quilter member, they do the vast majority of the work in Betsy’s Barn in Fraser, and they have a dozen volunteers creating the works of art.
The project is being done in association with the Grand County Historical Association, and is meant to honor the tradition of quilt making and the women who helped settle the county.
“We decided it would celebrate the heritage of women with art, and the role that a lot of women played in the history of our county,” Betsy deVries added, “Our goal is to have well over 100 quilt trail blocks in GC.”
You can attend any monthly meeting of the Grand Quilters and know why this is happening: better yet, you can attend the Grand Quilters show at Cozens Ranch Museum where there are be many beautiful quilts on display through July 20th. This trail will be on a brochure and online for everyone to enjoy.
The life of Grace Hammond, one of our founding members, will be celebrated on Sat. July 22 at 11 am, Church of Eternal Hills.
The Grand Quiltrers group is open to anyone interesed in quilting, they meet once monthly in members’ homes. Contact Betsy deVries at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
“Quilts not only keep you warm but warm your heart with their beauty and wealth of color they add to your home and are much cherished by those whom own them.” ~ Grace Hammond