Friday, May 1, 2009

Barn Quilt News...

I often get notices of happenings from around the country, and it is always fun to see what is going on in the world of Barn Quilts. Here is a sample...

April 2009: Arts Council plans social to celebrate Avery Quilt Trail participants; Quilt Trail Social May 2 1- 3 pm

Avery Arts Council Board of Directors and the Quilt Trail Committee are shining the spotlight on Quilt Trail owners throughout Avery County. They are inviting all owners and their families to a party celebrating the ongoing success of the Avery Quilt Trail.

With the help of residents just like you it’s possible to take a journey of mountain heritage by driving through Western North Carolina’s Quilt Trail. Along the Avery County Quilt Trail you will spot the beautiful, intricate designs of quilt patterns displayed on 32 barns and buildings with more in production. Neighboring Mitchell and Yancey counties also boast active Quilt Trails. The history of these exceptional art pieces stems from Adams County, Ohio with a promise from daughter Donna Sue Groves to her mother Maxine that she would one day paint a quilt square on their old tobacco barn. The Quilt Trail project has since taken flight across the United States, acting as a catalyst in some regions for increased tourism and fostering community pride. Avery Arts Council members want to show their appreciation to families around the area who have helped to make this project successful.

The Avery Quilt Trail continues to grow. People are still coming forward to put the spectacular, personalized designs on their property. Maps are available for tours of the squares. The social will take place on May 2, 2009 between 1:00-3:00 pm at the Cheese House Art Gallery, 630 Shawneehaw Avenue, Banner Elk. Light refreshments will be served. So come on down! We’d love to hear stories about your personal Quilt Square, the people you’ve met and the stories they’ve shared.

and then there is...

Green Edge Gardens of Amesville, Ohio

Athens Hills CSA
Nestled in the hills of Athens County, lies a 120 acre farm - the home of Green Edge Organic Gardens & the Athens Hills CSA. CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a way for you to have a direct relationship with the farmer who grows your food. It is a great way to support your local economy, the sustainability of our area, and for you to receive delicious, nutritious, organic vegetables at the height of their growing season.

(and they do have their own Barn Quilt)

from the Point Pleasant Register, by Hope Roush

New quilt square design unveiled

POINT PLEASANT, WV — Now that the weather is warmer, the area will begin to take on an even more colorful appearance with the addition of new squares along the Mason County Quilt Trail.

The newest quilt square, which features a belt buckle design, is the first square to go up this year and was built and painted by students at the Mason County Career Center.

According to Denny Bellamy, chairman of the Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the students are making all the county’s quilt squares. He described this as a way for students to become involved in the community.

The Mason County Quilt Trail program unveiled its first official square last summer and now includes numerous pieces located throughout the county. Quilt squares can be seen at public facilities such as the tourism center and the West Virginia State Farm Museum. Quilt squares also are located on several private properties in the area.

The quilt trail eventually will be divided into four driving trails and one walking trail through downtown Point Pleasant. Each area will have a designated theme in order to weave a common bond through the trail. The project will showcase the cultural and historical significance of the county and highlight the beauty and scenery in the area.

Featured quilt square designs include the Douglas Star on Douglass’ Farm in Leon, which was set aside for all the ladies of West Virginia and Appalachia that helped the family farms exist and grow through time. Tim-Rock Dairy, located north of Point Pleasant on W.Va. 62, features a quilt square with the Milky Way design.

Additional designs include the tourism center’s pineapple quilt square, which means “welcome.” Quilt squares also are located at Chuck Lanier’s house and the Yaugers’ Farm, which can be seen along U.S. 35 in Southside.


And found in the "it never hurts to ask" department (from

Barn Quilts of Sioux County gets grants

ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- The Barn Quilts of Sioux County has received two grants to help with their work.

The Fund for Siouxland has provided a grant for the purchase of signboard for three barn quilts. Diamond Vogel Paint and Keep Iowa Beautiful awarded 30 gallons of Diamond Vogel primer and paint as part of the "Paint Iowa Beautiful'' program. The program provides free paint to a variety of public-service projects in the state.

The Sioux County Extension office has played a vital role with Barn Quilts by supporting the organization. Early donations by the Farm Bureau Federation and the Hawarden Area Arts Council helped purchase computer quilting software and materials for the first barn quilt.

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