Special barn quilt unveiled
A new barn quilt is now on display at the Swecker farm, located five and a half miles north of Motley on Hwy 64. The art piece was unveiled July 30, at the 80th birthday celebration of Gay Swecker (fourth from left), whose actual birthdate is July 14. Pictured with Gay, from left, are her seven children: Merle Swecker, Motley (currently stationed at Ft. Hood in Texas); Christine Trout, Motley; Mike Swecker, Anchorage, Alaska; Coleen Bowers, Kenai, Alaska; E. Matt Swecker, Coon Rapids; Caroline Nibbe, Brainerd; Cindy Gold, Staples. The barn quilt was designed by Cindy and painted by the Swecker children and grandchildren. Grandson Chandler Trout helped align the stars. “The large star represents mom and dad; and the seven smaller stars are for each of their children,” Cindy said, mentioning that her dad, Bud Swecker, passed away in 2013. The barn quilt design was based on the Patriotic Star of LeMoyne. Cindy said they were thankful for the help of Lisa Kajer of Staples, who has been instrumental in organizing a barn quilt trail in the Staples-Motley area.