Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Grand Traverse County, Mi


Several months ago, I mentioned what was going on around Traverse City, Michigan. Read about their Quilt Trail (below). I am adding Grand Traverse County to the sidebar. Part of the county is also known as the Old Mission Peninsula. For much more information on all of these barns, refer to the book BARNS OF OLD MISSION PENINSULA AND THEIR STORIES, written by Evelyn Johnson.

Mike Norton has written the following for the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Surrounded almost entirely by the deep blue water of Grand Traverse Bay, the long narrow Old Mission Peninsula is best known for its stunning views, picturesque orchards and award-winning wines. But the Peninsula is also saturated with history. Home to the region’s first permanent settlement, its 18-mile length is dotted with picturesque farms, schoolhouses, homes and churches. And with the possible exception of its cozy two-story lighthouse, the most iconic structures on the Peninsula are its many barns, enduring reminders of rural culture in this rapidly gentrifying landscape of wineries, vacation homes and beaches. “All these people who came out to Old Mission came from somewhere else and made something out of nothing,” says

Traverse City resident Evelyn Johnson, a retired kindergarten teacher who became interested in barns when her children purchased an old barn on Old Mission in 2002. In 2006 she authored a book about the Peninsula’s 104 surviving barns that won a Michigan Historical Award.
Johnson’s book has become a popular guide for the kind of barn enthusiasts who revel in architectural details and historical trivia. But even casual visitors to the Old Mission area can now visit some of the Peninsula’s most prominent barns — thanks to the addition of yet another popular rural symbol: the traditional quilt.

With help from barn owners and dozens of community volunteers, Johnson has created the “Quilt Barn Trail of Old Mission Peninsula” – a leisurely itinerary that leads visitors to 10 barns, each decorated with a painted quilt block chosen or designed by its owner. The designs are painted on 8×8-foot wooden frames with long-lasting outdoor paint and mounted in prominent spots on the barns.

It’s a diverse collection that includes everything from an 1870 pioneer barn on Old Mission Road decorated with a traditional “Bear Paw” pattern to a classic 1912 barn on Smokey Hollow Road whose customized quilt square proclaims the owners’ Finnish heritage, Lutheran faith and love for International Harvester tractors.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I do have roots in South Carolina, and now...

Oconee Heritage Quilt Trail
South Carolina

Text below is from: http://www.oconeeheritagequilttrail.com/

The Blue Ridge Arts Council is taking the lead in bringing the National Quilt Trail to South Carolina. The Quilt Trail began in 2001 in Ohio when Donna Sue Groves installed a painted quilt design on her barn to honor her mother, a fifth generation Appalachian quilter. From that simple act, the project has spread to more than 2,000 colorfully painted quilt designs on barns and other structures in twenty-four states.

The popularity of the quilt square design trails has grown as communities see them as an artistic celebration of history and culture. Individual structure owners chose to honor their quilting ancestors and rural life. Ms. Groves wishes future quilt square design trails to honor females as she did her mother.

Here in Oconee County, a group of dedicated citizens is working to put South Carolina on the map by establishing the Oconee Heritage Quilt Trail. The first quilt in South Carolina, which has been sponsored by the Wynward Pointe Ladies Group, will be mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla, SC, in the Rocky Mountain Road pattern made in 1930 by Lena Mae Land Talley, of Mountain Rest. It will be recreated on an 8' x 8' weather resistant wooden panel mounted on the outside wall of the Oconee Heritage Center. Others are sponsoring quilts to be painted on other buildings in the county.

Quilt trails bring an economic benefit to communities by attracting tourists to the countryside and include historical sites along the route. Businesses that are part of the trail have experienced increased traffic and interest.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ar, Randolph County

I have added Randolph County, Arkansas to the sidebar...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

McDowell County, NC

Another North Carolina county (McDowell), has created (work in process), a Quilt Trail. Anyone interested in creating their own Quilt Trail might enjoy checking out their blog at: http://mcdowellquilttrail.org/ . They have a good start. I certainly hope that they have a warm place to paint this winter. I have added a link to their web-site on the Barn Quilt Memories side bar...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Patty Rose Designs

I love this
Patty Rose Designs

From these beginnings...

This is a little different from the other Barn Quilts that I have seen. Made from broken pottery shards, the 3' x 3' design was layed out on a plywood and concrete board foundation, and then grouted. It now hangs over Patty's cutting garden. Visit Patty at:

Calhoun County, Illinois

Here is a picture that I had to share... A Log Cabin Quilt Block in Hardin, Illinois. The house and barn date back to the 1870s. There are apparently several Quilt Blocks on Barns in Calhoun County, but I have not been able to find a web presence except the following:

From the Catholic Times, the on-line newspaper of the Diocese of Springfield, reports:

The Third Annual Calhoun County Quilt and Church Tour will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the communities of Kampsville, Hardin and Brussels. Calhoun Partners Economic Development sponsors the tour, with proceeds going to Calhoun’s Barn Quilt Project.

Tour tickets are $8 if purchased by Oct. 19, $12 thereafter. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Bank of Kampsville in Brussels and Kampsville, at the Calhoun / Jersey Extension Office in Hardin, or at any of the church halls on the days of the tour. Included with a ticket purchase is a self-guided map to the 25-plus barn quilts located on historic barns and local businesses in Calhoun County.

Quilts will be on display at St. Anselm’s Hall in Kampsville, the First Presbyterian Church and Hall in Hardin and St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Hall in Brussels. The tour includes quilting demonstrations, quilting supplies and fabrics sale and a Calhoun photo gallery and note cards sale. A quilt appraiser will be there to do appraisals of quilts people bring in. Some quilts will be for sale at St. Anselm’s Hall in Kampsville, where the Calhoun Historical Society and the McCully Heritage project will have information booths.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Meservey, Iowa

According to Wikipedia: Meservey is a city in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. It is part of the Mason City Micropolitan Statistical Area. Meservey was founded in 1886, shortly after a railroad line was built connecting Mason City and Fort Dodge. It takes its name from the Meservey Brothers who were railroad employees at this time. The western portion of town was originally known as Kausville, and eventually merged into Meservey, and is still legally known as the "Kausville Addition". As of the census of 2000, there were 252 people living in Meservey.

According to the Belmond News: A barn quilt class will be held at the Reformed Church here (in Meservey), on October 20 and 26. Missy Huling of Garner will be the instructor. The 4x4 board, paint and instructions will be provided at a cost of $55. To register call Mary Schlichting at 358-6259.

Quilt Trail Sampler Quilt

From the Web Site of the Appalachian RC&D Council's Quilt Trail™ in Northeast Tennessee! Win a one of a kind Quilt Trail Sampler Quilt with replicas of each of the quilt squares on the Quilt Trail! This opportunity is offered in cooperation with the First Frontier Quilters. The drawing will take place on October 30th, 2009, on WJHL News Channel 11 Morning Edition with Josh Smith.

Quilt Trail Raffle Tickets

6 Tickets for for $10.00
9 Tickets for for $15.00
12 Tickets for for $20.00
15 Tickets for for $25.00

Quilt Trail Poster

$8.00 tax included plus $5.00 shipping and handling for the first product, $1.00 for each item thereafter. 16” x 24” on 100# stock with a matte finish suitable for framing. Comes with a Key that names every pattern and tells farm name, address and GPS coordinates.
Shipping: $5

Quilt Trail Mouse Pad

$8.00 tax included plus $5.00 shipping and handling (for the first item, save and buy more - additional items ship at $1.00 each.

Friday, October 9, 2009

WOW... I have a lot to catch up on, and it will not happen in one day. My plate (life), seems to have very full lately, and it continues to offer me lots of challenges and opportunities. I am thankful for every moment that I have, often wishing that there was more of me to go around, yet being constantly reminded to live in the day. We should each appreciate what we have, and be thankful. We need to make the most of our opportunities, and share what we have with those less fortunate than ourselves. That's enough preaching about life & circumstances for now.

I dove into a personal Barn Quilt Project a little more than a month ago. I was not able to spend all of my time devoted to it, but I have done the following: painted eight 4' x 4' Quilt Blocks (shown below), immersed myself into, and completed a certification class on entrepreneurship, constructed the outline of my business plan, and put myself into a local outdoor art show. These are just steps in the journey, and I will certainly have more to share.

There are plenty of new Barn Quilt, Quilt Barn and Quilt Trail notices that I have received over the past month (and I will be sharing), but there is one in particular that I would like to make notice of. That is the inauguration of the American Quilt Barns web-site at http://www.americanquiltbarns.com/ . This is designed to be an interactive social networking site, hopefully tying together the multitude of quilt trails and fans across the country. Anyone can join, and there is no charge. Started by Donna Sue Groves and a group of friends, this site will bring a new focus and direction to what I like to call a real grass roots art movement. This is one that will continue to blossom.

... and thanks to all who support the site: