- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - The Mason County Barn Quilt Trail is taking shape - in the Community Center at the Mason County Fairgrounds where about half of the 10 8-by-8-foot quilt squares are in the process of being painted.

Ron Iris of Victory Township has nearly completed his intricate design that includes an eagle and “all the colors of the rainbow,” according to the Ludington Daily News ( http://bit.ly/SrF70x ).

Artist Janice Shelley, meanwhile, was in the early stages of painting the Blazing Star quilt square for the Shagway Arts Barn in Hamlin Township. She’s advising and helping others who are painting the quilt squares. One bit of advice she offered, she said, was to use straight lines and avoid curved lines. Straight lines can be accomplished more easily by taping along the desired edges of a pattern area, painting the area, then removing the tape.

Shelley painted the mariner’s compass quilt square on the horse barn at the fairgrounds facing U.S. 10, a place organizer Marcia Hansen said 26,0000 vehicles a day pass by, thus helping give people an idea what they’ll see later this year when the quilt squares now being painted are installed and the trail becomes a reality.

For the next couple of weeks, people are invited to stop by and see the paintings in progress. There’s no set schedule, but if you see a door open in the center, you’re welcome to enter and watch the painting, Hansen said.

A “Sneak Peek” has been scheduled for Friday, June 20, between 4 and 6 p.m. to see “rural artwork.”

The quilt frames will be removed from the community center building by June 24 because the building will be used for portable stalls for the upcoming Harbor Classic Quarter Horse Show.

Many of the quilt frames will be ready to hang by June 24, but there is not a schedule yet for that work

“One of the things that I am proud of, is that this group of people are footing the bill for the quilt squares,” Hansen said. “They aren’t going to make any money on it, but they sure are helping our county become even richer with both cultural and historic preservation scattered throughout the area. Hopefully, this will be the first of many more barn quilt squares to be painted and hung and something that will continue for years to come.

“I actually envision this becoming a regional project, connecting the Old Mission Peninsula and County Quilt Trails,” Hansen said.

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Information from: Ludington Daily News, http://www.ludingtondailynews.com

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