A pattern of giving

Esther Johnson holds a quilt that will be on display during the 2017 Autumn Show, hosted by the Marquette County Quilters Association. Johnson is this year’s featured quilter. (Photo by Jackie Stark)

By Jackie Stark

The first thing you notice when you walk into Esther Johnson’s Marquette Township home are the quilts. Her work is on display everywhere, whether as art on her walls, or for use, draped over the back of a chair, folded neatly on the arm of a couch.

“I enjoy it. I call it my mental therapy,” Johnson said of quilting, with a laugh. “I love fabrics, I love colors. There are so many beautiful fabrics today, it’s like an art show all the time.”

It’s only fitting then, that Johnson’s artwork will be on display as the featured quilter in this year’s Marquette County Quilters Association “Autumn Show” at Northern Michigan University’s Don H. Bottum University Center Saturday, October 2,1 and Sunday, October 22.

Johnson said she was “astonished” when she found out she was being honored at this year’s show.

“There are so many others who do much more elaborate quilting,” she said. “I consider myself just a simpler, traditional type of thing.

 “I think coming to the show is like going to an art museum show because there are so many gorgeous quilts, so many different kinds of beautiful fabrics, beautiful work, and I’m only just one small part of it,” she added.

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