Sunday, March 20, 2011

One step closer

It's up!

After more than a year of helping organize a quilt barn trail for our home county, we finally have gotten our own quilt block painted and hung on our car barn. The pattern is Ohio Star, which commemorates our meeting and marrying in Cincinnati where we each had gone to teach. (Yes, we did both "come down from the mountain.") The colors in the quilt block repeat the colors of our 1880s-looking "railroad" house. Ours makes the sixth quilt block in the village, each of which commemorates something in the history of the family that erected it or of the village itself.

Eric & Vi's Pennsylvania block recalls Eric's heritage.

Butch & Cheryl's block is from a quilt they own. Butch's grandmother made it for her son, Quentin, when he was called to service in World War II. The quilt was shipped home among the contents of his footlocker after he was killed in the war. Butch, who is named for his uncle, received the quilt from his grandmother.

The nine-patch on the Harrow Road Cafe reproduces part of a quilt that was made by an early resident of the village.

Sadie's Quilt on Boyd & Barbara's garage building reproduces a block from a quilt the Rugby Quilters made to hang in the Historic Rugby, Inc., Visitor Centre, which honors an early resident, Sarah "Sadie" Walton.

The Crazy Quilt on the Historic Rugby Commissary Museum Store contains references to the village's history, starting with its founding in 1880.

These blocks and more will be part of the inaugural tour of the Morgan County Heritage Quilt Trail on April 9, 2011.  There will be an opening ceremony at the courthouse in Wartburg, Tennessee, followed by a bus tour. The bus tour to see approximately 20 quilt barns, admission to a quilt exhibition at Historic Rugby, and tea at Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn is only $15.00. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for information and reservations at 423.346.5740.  For more on the Rugby Quilt Exhibit on April 8 & 9, 2011, visit the Historic Rugby web site here.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for visiting, Vickie. Please come back soon.

    The barn quilt art form has been exploding across the country. In Tennessee, at least, the trails have been coordinated by the Department of Agriculture's Resource Conservation & Development organization, funding for which was eliminated last week. We haven't yet had time to figure out exactly what this means for the trails infrastructure and how they will be coordinated and advertised in the future.