RAISING MONEY FOR THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY ORIGINAL BUTTERFLY QUILT OFFERED

Butterfly quilt

Butterfly quilt

I thought our butterfly friends might want to know that Happy Tonics, Inc. is raising money for the Monarch Butterfly Habitat, in Shell Lake, WI. We are hosting this orignal butterfly quilt auction on eBay at http://www.ebay.com/itm/290730362729?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_568wt_941

Please share the eBay auction site with your family and friends. Thank you!

BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE

Hand appliquéd quilt

Myrna Atkinson and Carol Hubin quilting the butterfly pattern

Myrna Atkinson and Carol Hubin quilting the butterfly pattern

Hand appliqued butterfly quilt, approximately 90” across and 102” length, double bed size. The Stitch and Chat Wednesday Quilters of Shell Lake Friendship Commons, Shell Lake, WI, made the handmade butterfly quilt for Happy Tonics, Inc. as a fundraiser. We implemented and maintain a Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake, WI. Happy Tonics is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) environmental education organization and public charity. Our mission is Sanctuary for the Monarch Butterfly.

Heart appliqued border

Heart appliqued border copyright Mary Ellen Ryall

One can tell the ladies put a lot of heart into the butterfly quilt. The border has hand appliquéd hearts surrounding the borders. The quilters spent a whole year hand appliquéing the butterfly quilt. They met weekly to accomplish this feat. The butterfly quilt has a variety of butterfly colors, much like different species of butterflies.

Closeup of blue butterfly copyright Mary Ellen Ryall

Closeup of blue butterfly copyright Mary Ellen Ryall

With the sale of the Butterflies are Free Quilt, Happy Tonics will be able to fund the Monarch Butterfly Habitat into the future. The City of Shell Lake gave Happy Tonics land use to create the habitat in 2007. It is an entrance to a city, located along Highway 63, as you enter Shell Lake from the north. The butterfly quilt Won First Prize and People’s Choice at the Spooner Fair in 2010. 

Myrna Atkinson master quilter copyright Mary Ellen Ryall

Myrna Atkinson master quilter copyright Mary Ellen Ryall

Myrna Atkinson is a master quilter and she supervised design and stitching. The other quilters are Carol Hubin, Mary Olsen, Mariah Brinken, and Mary Raehsler.

SHIPMENT: FREE USPS Priority Mail within three days of close of auction.

PAYMENT: PayPal

NOTE: I waited to put the item up on auction till the economy was a little better  Not sure that it is, but hope more shoppers feel confident now.

Happy bidding and thanks for visiting the Butterflies are Free Quilt Auction!   

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TAKE A RIDE ON THE WILD SIDE

A ride along the shores of Shell Lake
A ride along the shores of Shell Lake

 Join us in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, on May 15 for a bicycle ride around Shell Lake.  It is a 10 mile ride.  You can participate in the race or take a more leasurely ride with leader Deb Nebel.  Meet at Vitality Village at 246 Industrial Drive at 10 a.m. to register.  Fee $5.00. Ride begins at 10:30 a.m. Vitality Village staff and Happy Tonics officers will offer refreshments at the Native Wildflower and Butterfly Garden at about 11 a.m. The habitat is located two blocks north of downtown.

The fundraiser for the Butterfly Garden is being sponsored by Vitality Village and the Potter’s Shed.
Organized by Deb Nebel, Owner of  Vitality Village.

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