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Artist of the Month

This month's featured artist is Jean Olson

Jean began her love of sewing in high school, making clothes for the children of a family friend. As a farmer's wife, she used her sewing expertise to make clothes for herself and her own children. Later her sewing took a new direction, sewing appliqué designs on denim shirts and jackets. Her favorite designs have a snowman theme. For many years she was well-known at area craft shows for her quality appliqué work.

Even though Jean has been sewing most of her life, she is relatively new to quilting. Jean started her first quilt when she joined the Civil War Quilt Club (by Jo Morton) at Yoder Department Store in January of 2011. In the five and a half years since that first quilt club meeting, she has completed seven queen-size quilts and numerous smaller quilts. Each quilt is unique in design and color. Her large purple, green, and white "Sewn Seeds" quilt was selected for display at the 2016 Shipshewana Quilt Festival.

She is a regular volunteer at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival. Taking several of her quilting friends with her, she likes to annually attend the American Quilt Society shows in Grand Rapids to see and learn what is new in the world of quilting. Currently, she is a proud member of the Hoop Sisters Quilt Club at The Cotton Corner.

Jean enjoys the challenge making a quilt gives her. She takes delight in meeting other quilters, learning from them and spending time with them. Thus, Jean considers it an honor to be the September Artist of the Month at Yoder Department Store.

Beyond being a quilter, Jean is the mother of two children, three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Even though she lost her husband in 2010, she still lives in the century-old farmhouse at her farm in Michigan.