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Quilts Along the Trail Quilt Challenge offers new looks to some old patterns

Osakis Review photo by Greta Petrich These four quilting projects were created with the same four fat quarters by four different women as part of the Quilt Challenge. Can you pick out the four similar patterns?1 / 4
Osakis Review photo by Greta Petrich These four quilting projects were created with the same four fat quarters by four different women as part of the Quilt Challenge. Can you pick out the four similar patterns?2 / 4
Osakis Review photo by Greta Petrich These four quilting projects were created with the same four fat quarters by four different women as part of the Quilt Challenge. Can you pick out the four similar patterns?3 / 4
Osakis Review photo by Greta Petrich These four quilting projects were created with the same four fat quarters by four different women as part of the Quilt Challenge. Can you pick out the four similar patterns?4 / 4

Last weekend's Quilts Along the Trail event brought the comforts of home to the Central Lakes Trail in Osakis. One section in particular, the quilt challenge, brought visitors up close and questioning the process behind the similar, but very different projects.

Last spring, quilt challenge participants were given a package with four pieces of fabric, also known as fat quarters.

Their challenge: To make a quilt or quilt-related item using all or part of all the four fat quarters. Quilters can use any pattern or design and are allowed to add their own additional choices of fabric or trim. The suggested size is between 12 and 48 inches.

This year's creative creations included purses, placemats, table runners and, of course, quilts.

Quilts Along the Trail committee member Jan Temple said there was an immense variety of quilt patterns used - some used the four fat quarters while others added a variety of embellishments.

"I find it fascinating how many different styles can be developed from the same four fat quarters," she said. "Overall it was a huge success. We are already planning next year's challenge.

Take the challenge yourself and see if you can see the original four fat quarters in these four projects.

If you're intrigued, you can sign up for next year's challenge by contacting Jan Temple at (320) 859-4456 or jtemple@midwestinfo.net.

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