ST. JOSEPH – A brewery sewn into the fabric of the St. Joseph community is now sewn into a locally made quilt for sale.
The Church of St. Joseph Parish Quilts Group makes handmade quilts, lap quilts and baby quilts for their annual quilts auction. This year’s featured quilt is all about Bad Habit Brewing.
The auction is typically part of the Joetown Rocks Festival, which was canceled for the second year in a row in 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the parish is still holding the online auction.
Jeny Meyer, a member of the quilting group, said in an interview in April that the idea for the quilt came when she had to leave a quilting session to attend a meeting of the Rock For Alzheimer event, which took place at Bad Habit Brewing.
“The ladies teased me about not drinking too much while I was away so I could still sew straight lines,” Meyer said. “And somewhere in the jokes of all of us came the idea of making a Bad Habit themed quilt.”
When she walked to the event meeting, she asked the owners if they would be okay with the quilters using their logo to make custom fabric for a themed quilt.
“They were on board in about 10 seconds,” Meyer said.
Meyer, who coordinated and pieced together the Bad Habit quilt, teamed up with Morgan “Mo” Philippi, who designs the labels for the brewery. Thanks to Sartell-based screen printing company Krillan, they had fabric made with three custom designs filled with brewery images: beer bottles, beer barrels, pretzels, beer ingredients, the outline of State and Bad Habit logo. These designs were then neatly separated and mixed into a world travel quilt design, featuring a red and black plaid fabric and a center panel with a brewer’s shirt.
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“We all agreed,” said Aaron Rieland, co-owner of Bad Habit Brewing. “It was just a good idea for them to ask us to have our mark on a quilt that will be auctioned off, and hopefully that will make a lot of money for the church.”
Every year the auction has a featured quilt, said auction organizer Delrose Fischer, and this year it’s the Bad Habit quilt.
To their knowledge, Fischer said, this is the first time they’ve featured a local business on a quilt.
In addition to giving the project the green light, co-owners Rieland and Eric Geier made a few points themselves, Fischer said.
“We were very honored that these girls asked us to be a part of it,” said Reiland.
Nonetheless, he said the co-owners would likely let the quilt go home with someone else.
The auction is now open at https://bid.blackdiamondauctions.com/auction/30 and begins to close at 7 p.m. on Monday.
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