Ancillary events planned to coincide with quiltmaker performance at State Theater

by Muffin Nelson
Just 30 days before Opening Night, cast, crew and company of The Quiltmaker’s Gift are delighted with the support unfolding for their production from The Ely Folk School (EFS) and The Ely Heart of the Woods Quilters.
Gail deMarcken, Ely resident and illustrator of the book that inspired this musical, can’t imagine this play without quilts everywhere. And they will be! The Ely Folk School, just across the street from our State Theater, will host a free quilt show featuring The Ely Heart of the Woods Quilt Guild. It will be open from Thursday, Jan. 23 through Sunday Jan. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. each day during the show’s run.
Also on display will be the national prize winning quilt of Cook resident Linda Bergerson fashioned from a line of Benartex fabrics based on illustrations in The Quiltmaker’s Gift.
Local quiltmaker and guild member Dorothy Sand has donated two quilts for a drawing to assist in funding the production. Dorothy has also helped to complete the “King’s Quilt “ used in the play.
A quilting class taught by Sue Covey, owner of the Quilted Cabin Shop in Cook. The class is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break.
Covey will introduce basic quilting skills and do a demonstration and then students will work on a simple project. Beginners are welcome as are those with some experience. Cost is $40 per student; space is limited and early registration is advised. For more information go to
EFS will also host an unusual morning for elementary students on Monday morning Jan. 20, an ISD 696 Teacher Workday. Arrangements are not yet complete but three classes will be offered - Watercolor Notecards with Sandy Brandley and Claire Taylor, a simple beaded bracelet with Kay Vandervort and quilting techniques using other media with Cecilia Rolando.
The Heart Of The Woods Guild began in Ely in 1979 when quilter Corine Buechner moved to town and placed an ad in the paper searching for other quilters.
Today they have approximately 50 members ranging in age from thirties to mid eighties. They meet monthly at Ledgerock Community Church on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. to share ideas, instruction and friendship.
Their work will also be displayed in the Ely Art Walk during Winter Festival. They regularly donate their time, talent and supplies to make and donate quilts to many charitable causes.