A 68-year-old quilt that was made in Bayfield in 1950 has returned home.
Members of the Pine River Valley Heritage Society are thrilled that an old tie quilt they believe was made here in 1950 is back in Bayfield.
The quilt will be the newest piece on display at the seasonal opening of the heritage society museum, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
This winter, the museum received some photos of the quilt from Tina Davis, a quilter and collector. She had bought the piece on Ebay.
The quilt is large, with squares a little over 10 inches wide, and is made from men’s silk ties with an x in the middle of each square.
After looking through lots of old newspapers and yearbooks, JoAnne McCoy, a member of the heritage society, said she believes the quilt is one made by community members in 1950 as a fundraiser for the Bayfield High School carnival, an annual event. It was termed “The Friendship Quilt.”
She remembers the quilt’s creation. Like other members of the group, she has no idea how it ended up being put up for sale, but they’re grateful Davis did the research to find out where it was from and return it.
The museum is on the corner of Mill and Pearl streets in downtown Bayfield. Other displays in the museum include a hands-on one-room schoolhouse, a sheep camp exhibit, and displays from local memorabilia from World War I and World War II.
More information about the museum is at www.pineriverheritage.org.