The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail started with one quilt square mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla.
It quickly spread to over 100 quilt panels in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties mounted on barns, businesses, homes
and public buildings.
The Upstate of South Carolina has a rich quilting heritage as women—and men—of days gone by and of today, capture the beauty of their lives in quilts. Quilts of historical patterns and quilts of unique design.
Today, those patterns are coming alive on painted quilt panels. To view the quilt panels, click on Quilt Trail. To see where the quilt squares are mounted, click on Map. To download a pdf showing the quilt panels and their location, click here.
To request a quilt panel for your business or home, go to Request Information.
The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail announces the selection of Mrs. Verla Warther as the 2013 Oconee County Quilter of the Year.
This award recognizes a local quilter who provides leadership and community service through their quilting. Read More
Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail tells stories, patch by patch by Charmaine Smith-Miles
published in the Anderson Independent
A patchwork of lavender, light blue and grass green hangs over the front door of Lucinda Becker's shop in downtown Seneca, reminding her every day of a childhood filled with stories and the warmth of a grandmother's love. Read More.
The Getaway Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail By Lisa Kaylor, Staff Writer
In 1993, someone suggested that Jenny Grobusky of Walhalla, S.C., get a new bedspread. So she quilted her own using a colorful Dresden-plate pattern, and gave it to her husband for their 50th wedding anniversary. Read More
Martha File was recognized for her tireless efforts to promote the Quilt Trail and Upstate South Carolina
at the The 100th Quilt Block, (Friendship Garden) installation on the Westminster, SC City Hall.
In 2009, a group of dedicated citizens came together to establish the Oconee Heritage Quilt Trail in an effort to promote Oconee County. The first quilt square in South Carolina, sponsored by the Wynward Point Ladies Group, was mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla, SC in the Fall of 2009.
Since then, the organization has grown into the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, creating over 30 quilt squares for homes and businesses in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties and requests for quilt squares continue to arrive.
Each painted quilt panel is a copy of an existing quilt that usually has some historical connection with the sponsoring family or organization.
Quilt panels are painted on weather resistant wooden panels using quality outdoor paint. The quilt panels are painted by volunteers who come to the quilt trail workroom at the Oconee Conservatory of the Arts in Walhalla. There, they put on aprons and set to work translating a CAD drawing onto the panel and painting the appropriate colors.
It's a time of hard work and friendly fellowship as quilt panel works of art are created.
When the panel is finished, the "boys in blue" from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative hang the panel on the designated building. There's a sense of great accomplishment as each panel takes its place on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.
Open this PDF to view Quilt Blocks, learn about their history and find their location. PDF pages can be printed in order to take with you when you travel the Quilt Trail!
Remember, may of these quilts are on private property and the rights of property owners should be respected. Please view the quilts from public land and do not trespass on private property.
The building shown left is the Barrett-Jones Building and was originally owned by Johnny D. Jones and Charles G. Barrett. Lee and Joyce Barrett donated it to the Oconee Heritage Museum in 2008 in memory of their fathers.
1. SOUTH CAROLINA BLOCK Sponsor: The Footnotes Book Club Location: South Carolina Welcome Center, Exit 1, Interstate 85, Fair Play, SC
History: According to Barbara Brackman, Hearth and Home Magazine published the
South Carolina Block in the early part of the 20th century. “The colony of Carolina split into North and South Carolina in 1730. Hearth and Home named a block for South Carolina in their series of state patterns sent in by readers.”
2. CRAZY QUILT Quilters: Emma Sloan Towe (1877 – 1968)
Docia Rogers Towe (1917 – 2000) Sponsor: Fair Oak Elementary PTSO,
Afterschool Care Program Location:Fair Oak Elementary, 1964 Oak Way Rd., Hwy. 182, Westminster
History: Judy Dubose told us “The quilt was made by Emma and Docia Towe. Emma loved to work in her garden and use chicken feed sacks and fabric scraps for her quilts. Docia made dresses for the girls in the family and in winter made quilts from the scraps. She loved to go barefooted, work in her garden and to can and freeze the vegetables she raised.”
GPS: N34° 39.9548', W083° 5.8031'
3. DOUBLE WEDDING RINGS (2 quilts) Quilters: Bessie Ross Barrett (Grandmother Barrett) and Sarah Buchanan Jones (Granny Jones) Sponsor: Westminster Historical Association Location: Oconee Heritage Center Annex, 126 E. Main St., Westminster.
History: Grandmother Barrett was born in 1890 in Hopewell Community of Oconee County, SC. She was the mother of Charles G. Barrett, grandmother of Charles Lee Barrett and died in 1986. Her quilt is trimmed in green. Sarah Buchanan Jones (Granny Jones) was born in 1873 in Westminster, Oconee County, SC. She was the grandmother of Johnny Jones, the great grandmother of Joyce Jones Barrett and she died in 1960. Her quilt is trimmed in pink. Double Wedding Ring was one of the most beloved patterns of the early 20th Century. It appears to have developed as a simplified version of Pickle Dish, a late 19th Century pattern. Because of its name, this pattern is often selected for quilts associated with marriage. The curved seams make this a pattern for experienced quilters.
GPS: N34° 40.1588', W083° 6.0113'
4. CARD TRICK
Quilter: Mary Dee Rudy Sponsor: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Location: Oconee County Public Library, 112 W. North Ave., Westminster
History: Jeff Gutcheon developed the Card
Trick pattern in the early 1970’s. The pattern
is distinctive, yet it is a simple elaboration of
a Nine-Patch block Mary Dee told us, “My first quilting experience was through lessons taught by a neighbor. We were a group of six and completed a crib sampler quilt in six weeks, all hand pieced and quilted. I was hooked! I made my first Card Trick quilt in a queen size for my son a few years ago, in masculine colors of burgundy, gold, green and beige. I have given up hand piecing, using my machine instead, but I still love to hand quilt.”
History: Basket designs have been popular
in American patchwork and quilting since the late 18th century. The earliest examples were often found in the center of framed-center quilts, formed in appliqué quilting or stuffed work. Pieced block patterns like this one were popular in the late-19th century. Becky told us, “I took a beginner class in quilting about 30 years ago. This pattern was my first attempt. I went to a quilting bee in Newry about that time held in the living room of one of the wonderful old homes. There was a frame hung from the ceiling about as big as the room with about 10-15 people sitting around the frame quilting. It is such a wonderful memory. I haven’t kept up with this wonderful art form, but now that I’ve retired … who knows?”
GSP: N 34 45.889, W 83 3.843
6. ROCKY MOUNTAIN ROAD Quilter: Lena Mae Land Talley Sponsor: Wynward Point Ladies Location: Oconee Heritage Center, 123 Browns Square Dr., Walhalla
History: This pattern, also called Crown of
Thorns, was very popular in the upper South during the late 19th century. The complex pattern is created by the interplay of pieced blocks and interwoven strips, requiring both skill and patience in executing the curved lines and numerous points. Much later, in the 1930’s, the Mountain Mist Batting Company of Cincinnati, OH reproduced the pattern, calling it New York Beauty. Ms. Talley’s original quilt is on display in the Oconee Heritage Center. She was only 14 when she completed her quilt in 1930, having spent two summers on her grandparents’ porch cutting, piecing and sewing her Rocky Mountain Road. This quilt serves as the logo for the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.
GPS: N 34 45.989, W 83 3.916
7. GOOSE IN THE POND Sponsor: Ron and Stephanie Sparling Location: Conservatory of Fine Arts, 101 East North Broad St., Walhalla
History: This traditional pattern was included in the first known catalog of quilt patterns published by the Ladies Art Company, circa 1890. It was one of the more elaborate geometric designs that emerged during the “golden age” of American patchwork in the second half of the 19th century. Other names for the pattern include Young Man’s Fancy, Geometric Garden and Bachelor’s Puzzle.
GPS: N34 45.8906, W083 4.336
8. STAR IN STAR
Quilter: Jenny Grobusky Sponsor: Newcomers Club of the Foothills Location: Oconee Public Library, 501 W. South Broad Street, Walhalla
History: Star in Star is an elaboration
of a traditional “long-legged” nine-patch star, with additional radiating points and a smaller star tucked in the middle. Such variations demonstrate the way quilt makers have continued to create new designs from familiar prototypes. “The Oconee County Public Library has been an active participant in the Newcomers Club of the Foothills and is a relationship we have enjoyed for many years. We are pleased that they have accepted our
donation of a quilt block to become part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail,” said Jan Jerome, then Newcomers Club President.
History: This pattern has many variations and
was among the most popular patterns during the quilt revival of the early 20th century. Other names include Friendship Ring, Sunflower and Aster. Quiltmakers cut and piece together the “rays” from a variety of printed fabrics, then appliqué the rings and the center to the background fabric. This is the first barn quilt in South Carolina and is located on the Grobusky family farm. Jenny made this
quilt as a gift to her husband, George, in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. It was the first quilt she had ever made and it launched a whole new career of quilting and teaching others to quilt.
GPS: N 34 47.595, W 82 57.923
10. COMPASS ROSE
Sponsor: Keowee Elementary School Location: Keowee Elementary School, 7051 Keowee School Rd., Hwy. 188, Seneca
History: The complexity of this pattern appealed to skilled quiltmakers of the mid-1800’s. The radiating designs appeared in many variations under such names as Mariner’s Compass, Chips and Whetstones, Sunburst and The Sunflower. These patterns require the maker to measure, cut and sew accurately, so that the points are sharp andall the pieces lie flat without bunching or rippling. Many girls learned geometry in school, including the use of the drafting compass, an ancient tool for measuring and reproducing arcs. Compass patterns typically contain an even number of points, usually 12, 16 or 32, but some women showed off their skill by carefully crafting blocks of 11 or 13 points. The Compass Rose symbolizes Keowee Elementary School’s logo and motto, “Keowee Pathfinders are respectful of Other, Self, Environment.”
GPS: N 34 44.267, W 82 58.176
11. ORIGINAL DESIGN Quilter: Chris Troy Location: 210 Crestview Court, Seneca
History: Quiltmakers have created countless
geometric patchwork patterns by simply subdividing a square into triangles. This original design is similar to wellknown traditional patterns, such as Birds in the Air, Hovering Hawks and Crosses and Losses. While Mrs. Troy is known for her artistic pottery, this is the first and only quilt she ever completed. It was made while she was in college, constructed from denim fabric and sewn by hand.
History: Mohawk Trail refers to an arrangement of sixteen small fan blocks so that the “blades” form a continuous loop with corner flourishes. This pattern was published in the 1930s is similar to an earlier pattern published as Baby Bunting. “I purchased this quilt from my aunt as I helped her pack items she had made for a charity auction at Sacred Heart Church in Abbeville, SC in 1994. It wasn’t until after her death that I started using the quilt and realized that fabric from a pair of pants she had made my first born son was included in the quilt,” Martha File.
GPS: N34° 45.3263', W082° 56.3635'
13. FUSION STAR
Quilter: Gil Huggins Location: 514 Beacon Shores Drive, Seneca
History: Fusion Star is a new name for an old pattern. This popular star design is also called Dutch Rose, Broken Star, Carpenter’s Wheel or Eccentric Star. Traditional Amish quilts were made from solid colors, so other
quiltmakers now use the term to describe their own quilts made with solid colors instead of printed fabrics. Mr. Huggins is retired from teaching Industrial Arts at the Hamilton Career Center, a member of the Lake and Mountains Quilt Guild and very active in the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Gil’s talents as a quilter and as an industrial designer have been invaluable to the creation of the Quilt Trail. He brought this Fusion Star wall hanging into the quilt trail workshop and now three different locations are sporting this design.
GPS: N34° 45.1941', W082°
Location: 729 Navigators Pointe, Seneca
History: Radiating geometric designs, variously called stars, sunbursts or compasses, were popular among 19th-century quiltmakers who wanted to show off their knowledge of geometry. Today’s quiltmakers also make these intricate patterns, often using helpful, newfangled tools.
GPS: N34° 41.0926', W082° 57.1906'
15. THE TULIP Quilter: J. L. Warlick Sponsor: Ron and Stephanie Sparling Location:
3057 Pine Grove Road, Seneca
History: “This quilt was made by J.L. Warlick before the Civil War for Laura Cornelia McGimpsey Avery, perhaps as a wedding gift in Morganton or Avery County, NC. Her initials, LCA are on the quilt. It belonged to my grandmother, Elizabeth Avery Verble, and was passed on to me, Adelaide Verble Carpenter. My grandmother, Mary Addie Avery, was born in 1888 and was a Warlick prior to her marriage, so J.L. Warlick may have been her grandmother and my great-grandmother. Holly Anderson, an appraiser, called it the “Tulip Quilt,” but it is also referred to as The Columbine. Construction is hand-pieced and appliquéed, is hand-quilted and is in good condition,” Adelaide Carpenter.
History: Grandmother’s Flower Garden is a familiar name for rosettes of hexagon patchwork, but the name is much newer than the pattern itself. The design first appeared as “hexagon” or “honeycomb” patchwork in the January 1835 issue of Godey’s Ladies Book, an influential fashion periodical. During the early 20th century, many quilt patterns were renamed to make them sound quaint and “colonial.” The original quilt was made in the early 1950’s and is on display at The Red Door. “As a child, I often visited my grandmother, Ruth Bohn, and would sleep
under that soft flower garden she made from scraps of fabric saved by Depression era women. She would tell me stories while walking her finger around the green garden paths,” Lucinda Becker.
GPS: N34° 41.0808', W082° 57.262'
17. STARS WITH CATS
Quilter: Jenny Grobusky Sponsor: Downtown Seneca Merchants Association Location: 106 Ram Cat Alley, Seneca
History: The classic star pattern incorporates
the creativity employed by fabric artists. While
earlier quilters embroidered or appliquéed images of animals on their quilts, modern quiltmakers use a variety of fusible materials or transfer techniques to achieve similar effects. In its earliest days, Seneca was a
railroad town located at the intersection of the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad and the Blue Ridge Railroad. The trains delivered fresh fish and seafood for the downtown restaurants, attracting a large number of stray cats. Someone declared one day, “You couldn’t ram another cat in that alley,” changing the name of the downtown area to “Ram Cat Alley.” This original quilt was modified to include the cats of Ram Cat Alley
GPS: N34° 41.0706', W082° 56.9854'
18. CATHEDRAL WINDOWS
Quilter: Ruby Poole Sponsor: Cathy Nixon Pierce Location: Cakes by Shirley,
112 Walnut Street, Seneca
History: Cathedral Windows is one of a number of popular novelty techniques. Squares of background fabric are folded and sewn together, and then squares of contrasting fabric are inserted to cover the seams and create the “pincushion” effect. This quilt was made in 1979; one of many made by Mrs. Ruby Poole for her 4 daughters and 5 granddaughters. It now belongs to her granddaughter, Cathy Pierce. Mrs. Poole, 91, was born in Banks County, Georgia.
GPS: N 34 40.927, W 82 57.257
19. LOG CABIN
Quilter: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Production Team Sponsor: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Location: Blue Ridge Arts Council, 111 E. South Second St., Seneca
History: The Log Cabin design has been popular in the United States since the second half of the 1800’s. The basic design had been made in Europe and has been found on ancient artifacts. This wooden quilt was designed for the Heritage Arts and Music Festival held at the Duke World of Energy in July 2010. It was a collaborative effort by several members of the production team.
GPS: N 34 40.853, W 82 57.146
20. DOUBLE T'S OR
Quilter: Elizabeth Bynum Richardson Sponsor: Seneca Women’s Club Location: The Historic Ballenger House, 212 E. Third St., Seneca
History: This pattern was sometimes associated with the Temperance movement of the late 19th century. In some local temperance societies, total abstainers signed a pledge and placed a T by their names. The word teetotaler is probably derived from this practice. Blue and white were the official colors of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and quiltmakers might have expressed their support of this movement by making blue and white quilts. The original quilt was found in a bureau drawer after the Seneca Women’s Club acquired the Ballenger House as a meeting place. It is now in the possession of a family member.
GPS: N34° 40.9201', W082° 57.0148'
21. SOUTH CAROLINA STAR
Quilter: Laurel Horton Sponsor: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Location: Oconee County Public Library, 300 E. South Second Street, Seneca
History: The South Carolina Star was designed in 1983 by Laurel Horton as a logo for the South Carolina Quilt History Project, sponsored by the McKissick Museum and funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. “I couldn’t find a traditional pattern with local associations that was both visually striking and simple to construct, so I created one to meet those criteria.” Between 1983 and 1985, the pattern was given out to people who brought their historic quilts for documentation.
GPS: N34° 40.3509', W082° 57.3297'
22. JACKSON STAR
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Elementary School Location: Blue Ridge Elementary School, 995 South Oak Street, Seneca
History: Jackson Star was the name given to this pattern when it was published in the Kansas City Star on May 16, 1931. Before that, it was called simply Four Stars Patchwork in the Ladies Art Company Catalog. Other names include The Maple Leaf, Glittering Star and Old Maid’s Patience. This quilt block represents the school’s colors and star students.
GPS: N34° 40.3377', W082° 59.7146'
23. OHIO STAR
Quilter: Vickey Bryson Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Smith Location: 14072 S. Radio Station Rd., Seneca
History: Ohio Star is one of the most popular names for this simple pattern, based on a Nine-Patch block. Variations of this pattern have been published under such names as Texas Star, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, Eastern Star, Four-X Star and Star of Hope. “Our daughter in Ohio was very excited about the National Quilt Trail extending into South Carolina and felt we should have one on our home. We are from Ohio and our daughter had made this quilt, so it is the one we wanted.”
GPS: N34° 47.7863', W082° 55.756'
24. CATHER'S MAZE
Quilter: Mary Mondana Cannon Sponsor: Oconee County Parks, Recreation
and Tourism Location: Alexander-Cannon-Hill House, High Falls Park, 671 High Falls Rd., Seneca
History: This patchwork pattern is one of the interlocking geometric “tile” designs known as Right Angles Patchwork published in Caulfield and Seward’s Dictionary of Needlework in 1882. The Alexander-Cannon-Hill House is 170 years old. It was moved in 1972 from Pickens District to its current location at High Falls Park. Mary Cannon, while living in the house, made the original coverlet. Another family member took the coverlet north where it was cut into sections by a daughter and distributed to others. Mary Evelyn Warren of Georgia was a recipient of one of the pieces.
GPS: N34° 48.3857', W082° 54.478'
25. LOG CABIN
Sponsor: Duke Energy
Location: World of Energy
7812 Rochester Hwy. 130, Seneca
History: See Quilt number 19 for block history. Duke Energy’s World of Energy wanted to acknowledge the Cherokee Indians’ rich history and the many contributions to the culture of this area. They chose to honor Nell Crowe a Cherokee quilter. Nell has been quilting or sewing most of her life. Her mother was a quilter and both have made Log Cabin quilts. Nell sewed professionally and has contributed to quilts throughout the state. Today she enjoys teaching others to quilt and quilting for her family and friends. Nell belongs to the Cherokee Bear Clan of South Carolina. “As a small child I was taught my Cherokee Heritage and to share the love of mother earth with others along life’s way. Dad taught us about the bark on trees, the moon in the night sky. I learned which oak tree to make split wood for making baskets. From my Aunt, she put bottoms in chairs and made quilts. I learned to work hard and cherish each day the great creator blessed me with. I look around today and I am thankful for the things I have been blessed with.”
GPS: N 34 48.102, W 82 50.591
26. FUSION STAR Quilter: Gil Huggins Location: 738 Old Seneca Road, Central
History: (Same as 13) Fusion Star is a new name for an old pattern. This popular star design is also called Dutch Rose, Broken Star, Carpenter’s Wheel or Eccentric Star. Traditional Amish quilts were made from solid colors, so other quiltmakers now use the term to describe their own quilts made with solid colors instead of printed fabrics. Mr. Huggins is retired from teaching Industrial Arts at the Hamilton Career Center, a member of the Lake and Mountains Quilt Guild and very active in the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Gil’s talents as a quilter and as an industrial designer have been invaluable to the creation of the Quilt Trail. He brought this Fusion Star wall hanging into the quilt trail workshop and now three different locations are sporting this design.
GPS: N 34 48.102, W 82 50.591
27. GRANDMOTHER'S FLOWER GARDEN
Quilter: Essie Merck Location: 738 Old Seneca Road,
History: See Quilt No. 18. Essie Merck once lived on the property where this block is displayed. For generations, this site was the original Six Mile Community Post Office and farm of the Merck family. The current owner of the property, Cindy Blair, chose the pattern to honor Essie, but changed the original colors. The pattern reminds her of the old Granny Square afghans her great-grandmother, Minnie Gokey, crocheted in colorful florals with a black background.
GPS: N 33 50.165, W 81 9.823
28. CRAZY QUILT
Quilter: Nora Estelle Dalton Moorhead Sponsors: Moorhead and Christopher Families Location: Boxwood Manor, 1790 Boxwood Manor, Pendleton
History: This quilt was made in 1927 out of wool, cotton and silk. When rediscovered in the 1980’s, it was cut into six pieces and framed, one for each grandchild. The barn on which the painted quilt is hung dates back to the mid-1800’s, while the farm has been in the Lewis-Moorhead family since 1803. This quilt is an example of a simplified form of crazy patchwork, which became popular at the end of the nineteenth century. This technique typically involved stitching small strips or patches together using a foundation square of fabric or paper to stabilize the work.
GPS: N34° 34.8005', W082° 48.0418'
29. “ECHOES OF THE PAST ”
Quilter: Elizabeth Dawson Sponsor: Split Creek Farm Location: Split Creek Farm,
3806 Centerville Rd., Anderson
History: This is an individual design incorporating a graphic image of a goat. Drawing pictures on quilt blocks dates back to the 1840s when fade resistant inks became available. Mrs. Dawson told us, “I began quilting in 1990, though I have been sewing since the age of 5, and began publishing my own patterns in 1999, largely inspired by living in New Mexico, and the surrounding colors and cultures. I currently reside in Albuquerque, NM with my husband and three small children. I have an online store for my patterns at www.elizabethanne.cc.
GPS: N34° 39.8796', W083° 5.7207'
30. CAROLINA MYSTERY PATTERN
Quilter: Mary Walker Sponsor: Christine File Location: Dads & Lads, 224 E. Main Street, Westminster
History: The original quilt is displayed at the Oconee Heritage Center. Mary Walker was born in the Pickens area in 1844. She married Osmand Walker, a farmer and Civil War Veteran, in 1864. They made their home, raised five children and had a very successful farm in the Madison area of Oconee County. She died in 1908 and is buried in the old Tugaloo Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Numerous examples of this bold, distinctive appliqué pattern survived from the late-19th century, but the name of the pattern has not yet been identified. Almost all of the known examples were made in North or South Carolina or in western states settled by Carolinians.
GPS: N34° 40.2569', W083° 6.4165'
31. NINE PATCH & DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN Quilter: Lucy Looney DeFoor Location: 9221 Long Creek Hwy, Westminster
(Located on Adams Street)
History: This quilt block has been lovingly prepared for Sarah Brown DeFoor to honor the memory of her late husband, Waymon Watson DeFoor, who died in 2010. Mr. DeFoor's mother, Lucy Looney DeFoor, made the original quilt in the late 1930's as a gift to the young couple. Her daughter-in-law, Rebecca Harper DeFoor worked on the quilt block along with members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt combined traditional Nine Patch blocks with the diagonal progression of the Double Irish Chain pattern. The result forms a "framed center" overall design reminiscent of the fine patchwork quilts of the early 19th century.
GPS: N34° 36.4848', W083° 1.4079'
32. EAGLE RIDGE STAR Quilter: Christine Drais Location: 476 Fire Tower Rd., Seneca
History: This horse quilt combines a traditional eight-pointed star with a representational image of a five-gaited saddle horse. This block demonstrates how quilt makers transform existing patterns to feature individualized imagery. Eagle Ridge Star was born from the barn owners' love for the Tennessee Walking Horse. Firey colors of red and orange represent the maker's passion for the breed while turquoise and blue represent the peace of the relationship humans experience with horses. Nan and Christine Drais have been lifelong equine enthusiasts and built Eagle Ridge Farm in 2005. Christine started quilting while in graduate school at Clemson University from 2004-2007 where she wrote her master's thesis on quilt travel.
GPS: N34° 44.1585', W082° 57.8467'
33. ALL-A-LOON IN THE MIST
Designer: McKenna Ryan Quilter: Patricia Huggins Residence: 307 Valley View Dr., Seneca
History: Quilt makers of the 21st century often choose to "paint" naturalistic images using fabric, as with this pair of loons. Instead of the square format of traditional block patterns, contemporary quilts often take the shape of a rectangle. The designer for this quilt is McKenna Ryan from her collection "Calling Me Home." The quilt block on the Trail is an adaptation from "All-a-Loon in the Mist" quilt. Pat Huggins of Seneca, SC, made this quilt for Karen Brooks.
History: "Peace Y'all!" That's the shout from high up on Sandy and Perry Stencil's barn on Glad Oaks Hill in Westminster. A tie-dyed Peace Symbol with that phrase plainly written in purple and orange. Stancil doesn't consider himself an artist, but he loves color and tie died fabrics. He even teaches kids in the schools how to do tie dying, The only quilt in the family is one of a Dutch Doll made by his grandmother. He and Sandy gave it to their daughter, Carly. When he read about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, though, he decided he wanted a quilt, in purple and orange, with Peace Y'all, just like a t-shirt in his collection. One of the stipulations for putting a quilt on the trail, however, is that the quilt must actually exist in fabric and thread. So his cousin, Becky DeFoor, who has one of her own family quilts hanging on her barn, promptly made a fabric quilt block to hang on their kitchen wall.
GPS: N34° 45.8668', W083° 4.0765'
35. OCONEE FLAG Quilter: Jenny Grobusky Sponsor: Cherokee Bear Clan of South Carolina Location: Cherokee Museum 70 Short Street, Walhalla
History: When Oconee County adopted a new county flag Jenny Grobusky made a quilt for the county using the elements of the new flag. The quilt was then given to the Oconee Heritage Center and will be on loan to the Cherokee Museum for display. Native Americans lived for thousands of years in what is now Oconee County, contributing a rich legacy of names and history as an important part of our heritage. The name of our county, "Oconee" (AE-quo-nee) is an ancient Cherokee word meaning, "land beside the water". The Cherokee always built their villages on land beside a good source of water because it insured good life and prosperity. The design for Oconee is composed of Native American symbols for "land" and "water" and has been certified and approved by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation as being the legitimate Native American symbol for Oconee County, South Carolina. The green, upper part of the design is the symbol for mountain, specifically Oconee Mountain. For the Cherokee, "mountain" and "land" are represented by the same symbol since their land had always been in the mountains. The blue, lower part of the design is the symbol for water, representing the five main rivers of Oconee County: Chattooga, Chauga, Tugaloo, Keowee, and Seneca. These Rivers were named after the Cherokee villages, which once thrived along their banks. The blood-red ring around the design is the traditional Cherokee "circle of life" connecting all living tings.
GPS: N34° 39.1572', W082° 46.9367'
36. TOWN OF PENDLETON Quilter: Christine Tedesco Sponsor: Town of Pendleton Location: Hunter's Store Warehouse 100 Vance Street, Pendleton
History: Christine Tedesco is an architect, artist and co-owner of RSCT architecture + design. As a quilter, she has shown extensively in the southeast including participating in shows at the Charlotte Mint Museum of Art along with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. She also had work on loan to the Arts in Embassies Program. This pattern is an abstract interpretation of the Town of Pendleton and takes its form froman old survey of Pendleton. Pendleton evokes a rich history and sense of place, which is revealed in the craft of quilting. The Town of Pendleton laid out along a central Village Green with blocks laid out in all directions plays well to the quilting form. The variation of original wagon roads breaks the grid and adds interest to the piece. The quilt hangs on Hunter's Store Warehouse built in 1880. This is the only surviving outbuilding used by the Hunter's Store General Mercantile located in the adjacent two story brick building. The Warehouse was used as the "Feed and Seed" storage for the store. The building is famous for its "captain's walk" that captures the Blue Ridge Mountains panoramic views and served as a look out for "arrivals" coming into Pendleton via the rising dust. The building was renovated in the 1970's to serve originally as commercial space for artists.
37. FRIENDSHIP Quilter: Alabama Bell Sponsor: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Location: Oconee Public Library Salem Branch, 5-B Park Avenue, Salem
The Friendship quilt block will greet visitors as they enter the Salem Brach Library. Friendship is one of many names applied to this pattern. It was a popular choice for signature album quilts from the height of their popularity in the mid-19th century up to the present. Typically, plain white fabric is used in the center, so that inscriptions are easier to read. The original quilt was made by Verla Warther's great grandmother, Alabama Bell, was born in 1859 in Monterey Co., California, and met and married George Hinman, a ranch foreman in 1883. He affectionately called her "Bammie." They moved to San Jose, where he went into business with his father, owning a livery stable and feed store. Bammie died in 1911 in San Jose. She hand pieced and quilted this quilt in the early 1880's, probably for her upcoming marriage to George.
GPS: N34° 43.2852', W082° 46.8184'
38. TEXAS STAR Quilter: Martha Fain Powell Sponsor: Central Heritage Society Location: Central Museum Garden, 416 Church Street, Central
This quilt is at least 150 years old. Martha Fain Powell, who was born in 1832, originally owed this quilt. "Grandma" Powell was the mother of Eugenia Robinson Morgan, wife of F.B. Morgan. Mr. Morgan owned a local store in Central. "Grandma" Powell evacuated from Atlanta after Sherman burned the city. It is believed that she had this quilt in her possession during this episode. Mr. And Mrs. Frank Morgan Allen presented the quilt to the Central Heritage Society.
39. FLOWER BASKETS Quilter: Josephine Barker Morgan Sponsor: Central Heritage Society Location: Central Museum Garden, 416 Church Street, Central
This quilt was made by Josephine Barker Morgan (1856-1935), wife of James Rufus Morgan. She lived between Central and Six Mile. It was passed down to her daughter Ola Morgan Farmer who gave it to her daughter Lillian Framer Hall. The quilt was donated to the Central Heritage Society.
GPS: N34° 43.2852', W082° 46.8184'
40. SUNBONNET SUE Quilter: Garnett Eugenia McReynolds Campbell
Sponsor: Ann Sheriff Location: Central Museum Garden, 416 Church Street, Central
This quilt was made by Garnett Eugenia McReynolds Campbell (1920-2008) for her daughter G. Anne Campbell Sheriff. Garnett Campbell made quilts all her life from old dress, pants and shirts. In latter years, she would purchase materials from quilt shops and local fabric stores. She never purchased a quilt but only used quilts she made. Mrs. Campbell also made quilts for all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She made baby blankets for all the new young babies in her church. One year before she died, she made this quilt for her daughter who had requested a Sunbonnet Sue quilt for 25 years.
GPS: N34° 44.3257', W082° 58.0773'
41. FUSION STAR
Quilter: Gil Huggins Location: 116 Pinnacle Pointe Drive, Seneca
History: (Same as 13) Fusion Star is a new name for an old pattern. This popular star design is also called Dutch Rose, Broken Star, Carpenter’s Wheel or Eccentric Star. Traditional Amish quilts were made from solid colors, so other
quiltmakers now use the term to describe their own quilts made with solid colors instead of printed fabrics. Mr. Huggins is retired from teaching Industrial Arts at the Hamilton Career Center, a member of the Lake and Mountains Quilt Guild and very active in the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Gil’s talents as a quilter and as an industrial designer have been invaluable to the creation of the Quilt Trail. He brought this Fusion Star wall hanging into the quilt trail workshop and now three different locations are sporting this design.
GPS: N34° 47.42', W083° 14.8826'
42. CROSSED CANOES Quilter: Mackie Miehle Sponsor: Hiking Chicks Location: The Academy at Wildwater Ltd., 1251-A Academy Rd., Long Creek
Crossed Canoes is a member of a "family" of four-pointed star patterns popular in the late 19th century. The pattern was republished in the early 20th century under other names, including Indian Canoes, The Dragon Fly, and Twinkling Star. The "Hiking Chicks," a group of women who hike the mountains & waterfalls of the Upstate every Monday, have searched for an appropriate spot for a quilt block for quite a while. When the opportunity to place one at the Academy in Long Creek arose, they selected the pattern Crossed Canoes, a pattern first published by the Ladies Art Company and sold as a kit. The pattern was perfect, the age correct for the building, the subject matter perfect for the current use of the building, as a bunkhouse for the rafting guides on the Chattooga River in the summer. They tried to replicate the fabric in the original quilt with a twist, using a fern pattern for the woods they hike so frequently and a bright flower pattern with a touch of purple, (for Marcia Banholzer, one of our hikers). The red and blue really pops on this quilt block as well as fitting in with the WildWater Company colors. Quilter, Mackie Miehle will be doing a real quilt square for her daughter, Jenni, who is an avid white water enthusiast. We're thinking she'll hang it in her office in Charlotte, NC, where she works, when not on the river, as a Graphic Designer.
GPS: N34° 47.1926', W082° 41.5469'
43. CHURN DASH
Quilters: Carolyn Manry Peloza and the Upcountry Quilt Guild Sponsors: Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Location: Old Theater, 4 Front Street, Liberty
The Churn Dash pattern, also called Hole in the Barn Door or Monkey Wrench, has been in continuous use in South Carolina for over 150 years. Quiltmakers enjoy combining the triangles and rectangles into nine-patch blocks, and the association of the pattern with the old-fashioned "churn dasher," used to turn milk into butter, adds to its appeal.
The original quit is a feed sack quilt. Block fabric is from original feed sack muslin. Border and sash 100% cotton print. Backing is mill cloth. This quilt was made for the Haygood Mill raffle in 2001-2002. It was pieced together and quilted by Carolyn Manry Peloza and members of Upcountry Quilt Guild in Pickens SC. Mary Hayne Meyerson a resident of Liberty won this quilt.
GPS: N34° 52.8852', W083° 1.3'
44. CRAZY QUILT Quilter: Mary Nicholson King Sponsors: Dave and Gloria Arnold Location: Tamassee DAR Thrift Center, 9695 N. Hwy 11, Tamassee
Mary Nicholson King made the original Crazy quilt in 1923. Mary, bone in 1901, lived with her parents, Mirinda and Julius Nicholson and her siblings on the Georgia side of the Chattooga River. Going to school on a regular basis was very iffy, due to weather, distance and the necessity of crossing the river by boat. When Mary read an article in the Keowee Courier about a boarding school opening in Tamassee, SC, she asked her parents if she could attend. Education was of paramount importance to them, so with the help of a scholarship from a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Michigan, Mary became the first boarding student at the Tamassee DAR School SC. Mary attended from November 1919 until her marriage in 1923 to William Courtenay King. Read More
The double wedding ring quilt block is mounted on James M. Brown Elementary in Walhalla. Allen Medford, a native of Walhalla, sponsored the quilt in memory of his wife, CeCe.
He is an interesting guy – a South Carolinian who spent 26 years in the Air Force. He's lived and worked all over the world, including a 10-year stint in England. He met his wife CeCe Trad in Walhalla where she had begun her first year of teaching after graduating from Winthrop. After their marriage, they moved to Fort Walton Beach, FL where he was posted to Eglin Air Force Base working in logistics and flight line maintenance. Read More
"This quilt block was donated to FOLKS as a thank you for providing a valuable research and laboratory experience for our daughter during her senior year in high school,"
Quiltmakers often interpret abstract ideas by carefully combinations of pattern and fabric. Starting with a design that combined elements from traditional wheel, fan, and sunburst patters, the quiltmaker selected fabrics that evoke the natural world. A viewer might receive impressions of the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water; or of the four seasons. The resulting block perfectly expresses the holistic concerns of the Friends of Lake Keowee Society.
GPS: GPS N34° 30.3856', W082° 39.1015
47. WHIRL WIND Quilter:Marjian Kluepfel Sponsors: Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Location:Anderson Arts Center, 110 Federal Street, Anderson, SC
"I use fabric and thread as my medium instead of paper and paint and a sewing machine instead of a brush. The texture, color and prints of fabrics fascinate me and often give me inspiration for a new design. I very seldom draw out a quilt plan, but let the fabrics and textures determine my next step. While I work towards an idea I try to avoid any definite image of the completed piece, because the complex nature of fabric often reveals surprises that dictate unexpected changes of direction.
Most of my designs are organic. They are influenced by my love of nature and all its wonders. I like to work with color and movement in my pieces. The bright colors I use express my positive outlook on life." Read More
GPS: N34° 38.4367', W082° 47.6709'
48. CHURN DASH Quilter: Bessie May Conger Stribling Sponsors: Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Location:Pendleton District Agricultural Museum, 120 History Lane, Pendleton SC
The Churn Dash pattern, also called Hole in the Barn Door or Monkey Wrench, has been in continuous use in South Carolina for over 150 years.
Quiltmakers enjoy combining the triangles and rectangles into nine-patch blocks, and the association of the pattern with the old-fashioned "churn dasher," used to turn milk into butter, adds to its appeal. Read More
In Walhalla, the new Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Walhalla Chamber of Commerce are home to a quilt made by Mrs. Jenny Grobusky of Walhalla. FMG Design of Houston, TX developed the original design and the CVB's marketing committee completed the final version. The design shows a leaf design in green and brown to reflect the changing seasons, a blue lake, a river and waterfalls with a mountain in the background. It depicts the natural resources of Oconee County, including mountains, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, forests and the four seasons. The outer edge of the design is an "O" for Oconee and the leaf's left edge is a "C" for County. Read More
Ellen Kochansky's artistic practice is rooted in her experience as a textile artist, designer and quilter. With a firm grounding in traditional craft, Kochansky's work has always stretched those definitions to include experimental fiber and mixed‐media art, as well as community‐based and site‐specific commissions.
For her company, EKO, she designed and manufactured custom quilts from 1989 to 2004. Read More
The Drunkard's Path was a very popular patchwork pattern during the late 19th century. The design was later published under a variety of other names, including Wonder of the World, Solomon's Puzzle and Wanderer's Path in the Wilderness. The inspiration quilt was made in the late 19th century from a blue fabric. Women supporting the Temperance Movement reportedly made quilts from the pattern, often using the color blue.
The pattern is made up of small squares with quarter-circles removed. The popularity of the pattern is surprising, given the difficulties of sewing curved seams and of arranging the squares carefully to form the design. Ms. Reeks, a quilt collector for many years, found this quilt in an antique store in Atlanta. The fabric quilt is light blue and white, but she had asked that the quilt block on her home be painted red in opposition to the Temperance Movement.
GPS: N34° 54.7969', W083° 3.767'
52. BOW TIE Quilter: Dr. Richard Goode Christopher Sponsor: Jeanie Christopher in honor of her husband Dave. Location: 235 Jumping Branch Road, Tamassee
A Bow Tie Quilt Block now hangs on Dave Christopher's workshop located at 235 Jumping Branch Road in Tamassee.
Sponsored by his wife, Jeanie, the Bow Tie pattern is one that Dave's grandfather made while teaching school to earn money to pay his way through medical school. He was a physician in Landrum for many years. Dave built the workshop on which the quilt is mounted. They have resided in Cherokee Valley since 2007.
GPS: N34° 53.4251', W082° 58.6059
53. SAW BLADE Quilter: Gail Duncan Sponsor: Salem Town Council Location: Community Center Building, 5-A Park Avenue,
Mrs. Duncan explained that Mayor Diane Head and the Town Council came to ask for her advice about quilt patterns that would be appropriate. They wanted something that would reflect the town's history. She did some research and found that Salem was known for its farming community and its sawmills. But she also wanted to honor the children of the town. So she gathered a variety of patterns for their perusal and after some consideration, they chose the Saw Blade in honor the town's sawmill history and the Eagle in honor of the children who attend the Tamassee-Salem High School, whose mascot is the Eagle. Read More
GPS: N34° 53.4251', W082° 58.6059
54. TAMASSEE-SALEM HIGH SCHOOL EABLE Quilter: Bessie Lusk Fortson Sponsor: Salem Town Council Location: Community Center Building, 5-A Park Avenue, Salem
Mrs. Fortson has been quilting most of her life, making quilts to keep her family warm and comfortable. She had made an Eagle quilt for her granddaughter, Beverly Duncan Brady, when she was a student at the high school in the 80's. She copied the pattern from a school folder and made a 4-patch quilt utilizing the school colors of tan and black, embroidered with an eagle in each tan block. It is this quilt that has served as the model for Salem's Eagle quilt block
The Eagle quilt reflects quiltmakers' connections with political candidates, social causes and organizations since the 1840s. All across the United States, members of communities, churches and schools have created quilts for public display, for fund-raising or as gifts to individuals.
GPS: N34° 50.4137', W082° 52.2272'
55. HAPPY QUILT Quilter: Christine Christen Sponsor:Happy Berry Farm Location: 510 Gap Hill Road, Six Mile
The Happy Quilt, and was created by Christine Christensen of Seneca. It celebrates this popular pick-your-own fruit farm located on the eastern shore of Lake Keowee, off Gap Hill Road in Pickens County. This land has had a long and varied history.
It began as part of an original 2600 acre land grant from the king of England. The driveway was part of the Keowee Trail used by the Cherokee to travel from Charleston to their eastern capital in Keowee Town. Arrowheads and old musket balls can be found among the berries. Later, the woods surrounding the farm became cotton fields in the late 1800's, but were abandoned because of erosion and the boll weevil. Read More
GPS: N34° 31.3789', W082° 29.5937'
56. FOUR PATCH Quilter:Polly Etchberger Location: Belton Center for the Arts
306 City Square. Belton.
(quilt is on back of building)
This is one of a large number of patterns based on a four-patch block in which squares and triangles in contrasting colors can be arranged to produce many different effects. Here, the contrasting colors produce a secondary effect of arrow points as well as the eight-pointed star.
GPS: N34° 49.8145', W082° 36.2234'
57. RAIL ROAD CROSSING Quilter: Unknown Sponsor: Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Location: 100 block of South Pendleton Street, Easley
Although the original quilter of this Railroad Crossing quilt is unknown, the original quilt can be seen at The Occasional Bunny in downtown Easley.
Railroad Crossing celebrates the railroad history of Pickens County. The SC General Assembly chartered the Easley‐Pickens line in 1890 after two failed attempts to build a railroad through Pickens to Easley. The line connected with the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad (later the Southern Railway) and was completed in 1898. Read More
GPS: N34° 42.7047', W082° 59.3966'
58. MOZART'S STAR
Quilter: Gill Huggins
Sponsor: 2011 UHQT, Quilter of the Year Location: Hamilton Career Center,
100 Vocational Dr., Seneca
Gil Huggins, a long time teacher in Oconee County made the Mozart's Star in acknowledgment of his 2011 Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Quilter of the Year recognition. He selected the pattern because each point represents a discipline that he taught during his 32-year career in the classroom. He taught subjects ranging from mathematics, art, industrial arts, computer engineering and computer animation. The colors of the quilt block simply represent the United States of America. He is very active in the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.
Quiltmakers have enjoyed exploring the various ways they can manipulate geometry within the subdivisions of a square block. This Star is based on a nine-patch grid. The creation of irregular triangles within that basic structure results in a very effective visual image of overlapping stars.
59. GRANDMOTHER'S FAN Quilter: Mary Dee Rudy Location: 712 Tall Oak Trail, Seneca
The original quilt and two others were made from two Dresden Plate quilt tops left by Mrs. Rudys grandmother, Olive Louisa Goring (1890 - 1986) of Corry, PA.
Mrs. Goring intended to make a quilt for each of her four granddaughters. She completed one and gave it to Mrs. Rudys youngest sister. Though the others were not completed, years later she gave Mary Dee the two tops that were left. Read More
GPS: N34.306648 -82.664037'
60. STAR Quilter: Quilting Ladies of Iva
Sponsor: REVIVA Museum-Visitors Center Location: 106 Broad Street, Iva
History: Eight‐pointed stars have remained among the most popular American patchwork patterns for some 200 years. These versatile designs can produce a variety of visual effects through particular arrangements of colors.
As a result, it can be made into any size quilt, from small wall hangings to king size quilts. Sponsored by the Iva Community Improvement Association, for The REVIVA Museum/Visitor Center. Read More
GPS: N34° 30.5534', W082° 38.8948'
61. CAROLINA LILY Quilter: Kathryn Smith Sponsor: Cancer Association of Anderson Location: 215 E. Calhoun Street, Anderson
The Cancer Association of Andersonis now home to a painted quilt block as part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Titled Carolina Lily, the pattern name is most often associated with a family of patterns that depict a branching stem with three blossoms. The blossoms are typically pieced from diamonds while the stems - and leaves, if present - are applique. Variations of these lily, or tulip, designs appeared in the Carolina's in the mid-19th century and have remained popular ever since. Read More
History: Betsy Ward calls it "Stargazing," but the original pattern, designed by Beth Ferrier of Applewood Farms Publications, Inc. in Saginaw, Michigan, was called "The Bachelor Button." This is one of the star patterns, among the most popular American patchwork patterns for some 200 years. These versatile designs can produce a variety of visual effects through particular arrangements of color. Read More
GPS: N34° 30.7358', W082° 58.7809'
63. FENCED IN DALIA Quilter: Ola Coombs Sponsor: Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Location: Fair Play Presbyterian Church, 201 Fair Play Church Road, Fair Play
The Fair Play Presbyterian Church joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in October 2011 with the addition of a "Fenced in Dahlia" quilt block made by church member Ola Coombs. Designs composed of a single flower with multiple petals are some of the most recognizable quilt patterns of the 20th century. Quiltmakers find numerous ways to combine colors and printed fabrics in ways that enhance the patchwork, including adding a patchwork "fence" as a border for this Dahlia pattern. Read More
GPS: N34° 44.1234', W083° 1.8055'
64. PAR 3 Quilter: Jenny Grobusky Sponsor: Jenny Grobusky Location: Blue Ridge Golf Center 2400 Blue Ridge Blvd. Walhalla
The Blue Ridge Golf Center in Walhalla recently became a part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail with the addition of a quilt block. Designed and sponsored by Jenny Grobusky, the quilt she calls "Par 3" is in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Grobusky who bought the land on Hwy. 28 in 1922. Mr. Grobusky was a farmer and carpenter by trade and served in the Spanish-American War in Cuba in 1898. The property was first used for farming wheat and cotton. Mrs. Grobusky used her skills as a seamstress to create many quilts to warm her large family. As Jennie tells it, "I don't think that the Joseph Grobuskys knew anything but hard work on the farm, children and their religion. I only knew Mrs. Grobusky, who was a wonderful mother-in-law. She loved her children and grandchildren." Read More
GPS: N34° 45.5994', W083° 3.8284'
65. COTTON BOLL Quilter: Dixie Hayward Location: 301 Jaynes Street, Walhalla on side of house, S. Spring Street
The history of the textile industry in Walhalla is the subject of the latest addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Mrs. Mary Lou Cushman of Walhalla has sponsored a quilt block called The Cotton Boll Quilt to honor her parents, Rachel Turner McGuffin and John Q. McGuffin, both of whom worked in the Walhalla textile mills. It is mounted on her home at 301 Jaynes Street in the Mill Village. The pattern was originally quilted by Dixie Haywood, noted teacher, quilter and writer of books about quilting. "This is a traditional Carolina block made in the late 19th century. It's usually made on a white background with Flying Geese sashing, but I changed that part of the design with a yellow background to evoke a hot summer field. That's why I call my version, 'Hot Cotton!'" Read More
GPS: N34° 45.8057', W083° 3.8731'
66. STORM AT SEA
Quilter: Alberta Ramey Bowers Sponsors: Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Location: Old St. John's Meeting House 200 S. Catherine Street, Walhalla
Old St. John's Meeting House in Walhalla has received a quilt block and is now a part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The church began serving parishioners of the Episcopal Church in 1889, having been constructed in the Rural Gothic architectural style by 'master builder' John Kaufmann. The founder and first president of the American Institute of Architects, Richard Upjohn, introduced Gothic Revival to the United States. His book, Rural Architecture (1852) provided patterns for countless buildings throughout the country. Deconsecrated in 1957, Jack Kelley moved the church at his own expense from Short Street to North Pine Street in 1982. The building was moved once again to 301 N. Catherine St., near the Walhalla City Park, Kaufmann Square, in March 2009. Read More
GPS: N34° 18.4667', W082° 39.7496'
67. MARINER'S COMPASS Quilter: Iva quilting Ladies Group Sponsor: The Peoples Bank of Iva Location: The People Bank of Iva,
801 E. Front Street, Iva, SC
Painted by students from Starr - Iva Middle School)
Iva has added their second quilt to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Called a Mariners Compass, it is located on the Peoples Bank located on the corner of Green St. and Highway 81. It too is on the SC Heritage Corridor and is a pattern that was used by many of the older ladies in the quilting club of years gone by. They met faithfully each week to quilt in the old Iva High School Cafeteria. Shawn McGee, CFO of the Peoples Bank, told us that one of those ladies was a member of his church as well as his Sunday school teacher. Another was his family's "nanny" babysitter/housekeeper. "This is an excellent memorial to them, in appreciation for their faithful work." Students of Sara Jordan, art teacher at Starr‐Iva Middle School, assisted in the painting of this quilt block. Read More
GPS: N34° 45.8786', W083° 4.1311'
68. YELLOW RIBBON
Quilter: Marilyn Delay Sponsor: Patriots' Hall Association Location:
13 Short Street, Walhalla, SC
The painted quilt pattern is called Yellow Ribbon, a 'Support Our Troops Ribbon," and honors all veterans of Oconee County. Marilyn Delay of Edwardsville, IL produced and donated this quilt to Patriots' Hall. The fabric wall hanging is displayed in the conference room. Read More
Mrs. Jean Bryant originally made this quilt in memory of her mother, Daisy T. McGee and her grandmother, Emma K. McGee. It was these ladies who taught her how to grow day lilies and Iris and to appreciate their beauty. Some of their flowers, dating back to the early 1900's, can be seen today in her garden.
GPS: N34° 26.881', W082° 32.0806'
70. PEONY Quilter: Family of Emma Safara Kay Location:
500 Howard McGee Road, Anderson, SC
This quilt is located on the home of Mrs. Bryant's son, Steve, and his wife Celena Bryant at 500 Howard McGee Road in Anderson. It is in the Peony pattern and known as the McGee Wedding Quilt. The quilt was originally made by the family of Emma Safara Kay in 1892 out of muslin with flowers in red and green dyed cotton, and was a wedding gift to Emma (1873 - 1948) and Michael Arthur McGee (1871 - 1939). They were married on November 17, 1892. The Bryant home where the quilt is displayed has been in the McGee family for five generations. The quilt was given to Jean McGee Bryant by her father, Howard Glenn McGee.
Box Square, the late Cassie Colfelter-Morris made the original cloth quilt. Mrs. Morris was the grandmother of Melisa Morris Glenn and the quilt was made in 1981 to honor her graduation from high school. Cassie learned to quilt from her mother and grandmother. Read More
GPS: N34° 57.0984', W082° 56.7853'
72. ROLLING LANDSCAPE - LAKE AND MOUNTAINS Quilter: Betsy Ward Sponsor: Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor grant program Location: Devils Fork State Park, 161 Holcombe Circle, Salem, SC
Local quilter, Betsy Ward of Seneca, designed the original quilt called Rolling Landscape – Lake and Mountains. Mrs. Ward designed and made this quilt as part of a class taught by Carol Britt of Wytheville, VA, at an Appalachian Quilt Gathering at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. "In the class, we layered fabric and cut a soft curving line across the colors that we chose to be part of the picture. By adding a small sailboat button, I was able to gain the proportional perspective." Read More
The quilt, titled Blue Horizon, was originally designed and created by Mrs. Kuba, who took up quilting after she and her husband moved to this area in 1991. She said she'd been reading about quilt groups in the area and decided to give it a try. She attended several meetings finally joining the Lake and Mountain Quilt Guild here in Seneca. One of her favorite things has been helping to establish the Guild's "Day Bees," or free classes held on the third Tuesday of each month. Read More
GPS: N34° 30.751', W082° 53.5453'
74. STAR Quilter: Gloria Williams Sponsor:Lucky Acres Farm Location: 1024 Milford Road in Townville
Grandmother's Quilt is a pleasant two‐block star design and is listed in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns as one found in book #116 of the Old Chelsea Station Needlework Series, a syndicated service available since the 1930s to the present. It may well have been a pattern printed elsewhere featuring the two‐block combination. It works because they both have the same drafting category (a four patch) Read More
GPS: N34° 46.0059', W083° 16.055'
75. HEARTS AND GIZZARDS
76. HEARTS AND STARS Quilter: Jean LaFreniere Sponsor: Chattooga Belle Farm Location: 454 Damascus Church Road, Long Creek
Hearts and Gizzards (left) features geometric patchwork patterns that play with our perceptions. The predominant round 'flowers' in its design emerge at the intersection of eight triangles, each of which has contrasting petals on the two acute corners. This pattern is called Hearts and Gizzards, a 19th century name for a 19th century pattern. The Ladies Art Company published under this name in the 1890s. Coats and Clark published it in a pattern booklet in the 1940s as Hearts and Flowers. Other 20th century companies published it under other names such as Snowball, Windmill, Lover's Knot, and Pierrot's Pom Pom. Hearts and Stars is a modern design that combined simple elements in a novel manner to create an unusual and effective design. Each block features, alternately, a heart or a chubby star. The blocks are set together with "sashing" pieced of squares and triangles. Careful placement of the light, dark, and medium shades of the fabrics creates the image of interlocking stars. Read More
GPS: N34° 47.5573', W082° 37.0677'
77. OAK LEAF Quilter: Virginia (Jenny) Grobusky Sponsor: Ken and Elizabeth Hitchcock Location: 1035 Anderson Highway, Easley on the Smoke house
The Oak Leaf pattern, in many variations, was popular throughout the second half of the 19th century. Some early examples featured four small red and green acorns tucked among the four leaves. Early Oak Leaf quilts typically contrasted red and green; later examples made use of other color combinations. Read More
GPS: N34° 47.5981', W082° 37.1284'
78. TULIP Quilter: Mary Rider Spalding Sponsor: Robert and Betty Chrismer Location: 1034 Anderson Highway, Easley
This particular quilt block may be referred to as a "Tulip Quilt." In the mid-19th century, quiltmakers created countless variations of appliquéd floral designs, typically favoring a color scheme of red and green. The inspiration quilt combines two popular elements - a modified fleur de lis in the center with four outstretched tulips - in a familiar format. Read More
GPS: 30.3548', W082° 38.918'
79. COMPASS ROAD Quilter: Diane Schonauer Sponsors: Anderson Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild & David and Diane Schonauer Location:Anderson Public Library, 300 North McDuffie Street, Anderson
When Anderson County built its Main Library in downtown Anderson, SC at 300 North McDuffie Street, one of the architectural decisions was to place a compass-rose mosaic in the middle of the floor in the main lobby. The compass theme was then used in a variety of forms on signs and shelving throughout the building. Read More
Heirlooms & Comforts has updated the face of their home on 104 Madden Bridge Rd. in Central! The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail has crafted a replica of one section of a Double Wedding Ring Quilt made by Sara Newton, about 25 years ago. Sara Newton's mother, or Mema as she was called, loved the great art of quilting and never had idle hands. She loved putting the quilt puzzles together and passing them along to a friend who then quilted them by hand. Read More
GPS N34° 43.4833', W082° 47.0918'
81. NINE PATCH Quilter: Sara Newton Sponsor:Central Roller Mills Location: 300 Madden Bridge Road,
A pattern called a Double Nine Patch has been mounted on the old Central Roller Mills. It is reminiscent of the Purina sign that was used on the mill for many years. Sara Newton, mother‐in‐law of Bobby Ballentine, and the original quilter, liked to make this pattern.
Mr. William Danforth founded the Ralston Purina Company. According to the Nestlé Purina website, www.nestlepurina.com "William Danforth worked in his father's store in Charleston, Mo. Every Saturday he watched the Brown brood come to town, all clad in red and white checks. Read More
GPS: N34° 39.9503', W083° 5.7933'
82. RAILROAD CROSSING
Quilter: Denise McCormick Location: Westminster Depot, Westminster Chamber of Commerce, 135 East Main Street, Westminster
This quilt block is an example of some half-dozen patterns called Railroad Crossing. As railroads expanded during the late-19th and early-20th centuries, rural roads were relocated and realigned. Residents had to learned to "look both ways" before driving their wagons across the intersections of roads and tracks. A new railroad line altered the landscape, local travel patterns, and attitudes toward technology and commerce. Read More
GPS N34° 45.8306', W083° 3.5782'
83. JAMES RIVER BLUES Quilter: Grace James Whitaker, Designed by Paula Barnes Location: 103 S. John Street,
Stacie and James Powell of Walhalla, SC are sponsors of this latest addition, and the pattern is called James River Blues, an antique reproduction quilt designed by Paula Barnes, well known specialist and author of books on quilt reproductions. This quilt pattern has a history with the Powell family.
Stacie and James have a daughter named Marlowe James Powell. She was named after Stacie's favorite poet, Christopher Marlowe, after her father and his mother's family. Stacie felt the pattern name, James River Blues, was rather serendipitous. Read More
84. FLOWER POT or FLOWER BASKET Quilter: Carolyn Harris
Three quilts mounted at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, located at the intersection of Highway 123 and Route 11 in Oconee County are from the family of Carolyn and John Harris of Fair Play. The three patterns include a Flower Pot or Flower Basket, a Caesar's Crown, and a Cactus Blossom.
According to Brackman, an important guide to quilt patterns, the Caesar's Crown has been a popular pieced pattern in South Carolina since the 1840's. This one was found in a closet in the home of John Harris's grandmother, Eula (and Mark) Harris, and looks to be mid‐19th century from the way the reds and greens have faded.
The Flower Pot or Flower Basket was one of the simplest versions of the basket pattern. This particular quilt was Carolyn Harris's first quilt project and she obviously carefully cut and arranged the printed fabric so the "flower" diamonds create a secondary design.
The original quilter of the Cactus Blossom is unknown, but it is an early twentieth century, rounded‐off interpretation of the more angular pieced tulip pattern. Carolyn has many fond childhood memories of weekends at her grandparents' home, the Old Newton home place, where she slept on the upstairs sleeping porch. This particular quilt was used to cover the well pump on that same porch in the winter to keep it from freezing. Today, her sister Jane and husband Don Acevedo live on this century farm. Read More
S: N34° 40.4953', W082° 48.6992'
87. FRIENDSHIP Quilters: Students of Clemson Montessori School Sponsor: Clemson Montessori School Location: Clemson Montessori School, 204 Pendleton Road, Clemson
The Clemson Montessori School (CMS), located at 204 Pendleton Road in Clemson, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail (UHQT). The Trail's mission is to "honor and preserve quilting traditions while promoting tourism through the public display of quilts and painted quilt blocks." CMS has a strong tradition of sewingarts, so participating in this project was not only a wonderful learning experience for the students but a chance to share the 36 year history of the school. Read More
GPS: N34° 52.1196', W083° 6.3322'
88. TULIP Quilter: Janie Mae Nicholson Ridley Sponsor: Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Location: Oconee State Park, 624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest
The tulip pattern quilt was originally pieced by Janie Mae Nicholson Ridley (1899 – 1976), born on Pig Pen Branch near the Chattooga River in the Village Creek area of Mountain Rest. The family moved to the Georgia side of the river after her father drowned on the river during a heavy rain and her mother remarried. Read More
GPS: N34° 40.5267', W082° 55.5973'
89. PRESIDENT'S WREATH
Quilter: Emmert Family quilt, quilter unknown, finished by Virginia Grobusky Sponsor: Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Location: Oconee Community Theater, 8001 Utica Street, Seneca
The Presidents Wreath is a pattern dates back to mid to late 18th century. The appliquéd blocks of this quilt were originally found in a dresser drawer belonging to Mrs. Lois Emmert of Mason City, Iowa after her death. The family chose to let Doyce and Trish Emmert, Lois's son and daughter‐in‐law, take them back to South Carolina for Trish's mother, Jenny Grobusky, a well‐known local quilter and teacher, to finish putting the quilt together. Read More
GPS: N34° 30.2485', W082° 38.7376'
90. TRIP AROUND THE WORLD SUNFLOWERQuilter: Lisa Chaney Sponsor: City of Anderson Location:Jo Brown Senior Activity Center, 101 S. Fant Street, Anderson, SC
The Trip Around The World Sunflower quilt is on display at the Jo Brown Senior Activity Center located at 101 S. Fant Street, Anderson, South Carolina in the Historic McCants Middle School. Sunflowers are a significant part of the senior story starting with Jo Brown, the first director of the Anderson County Senior Citizens Program, who loved sunflowers and seniors. Later, Director Brandon Grace developed the sunflower as the first and only logo of the program. Read More
GPS: N34° 30.2485', W082° 38.7376'
91. MARINER'S COMPASS Quilter: Unknown Sponsor: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail and Donated by Kathy Caine Location: Anderson Special Olympics, 101 S. Fant Street, Anderson
The Mariner's Compass has been a classic pattern for almost 200 years. From the time American women began making quilts; stars have found their way into quilting patterns. Star shapes are natural ones for quilters because the corners of patchwork often form stars with varying points. With slight modifications a star pattern can take on a new look and a new name. Read More
GPS: N34° 31.3212', W083° 1.7038'
92. MY BLUE RIDGEQuilter: Carolyn Harris Location: 650 Deer Creek Lane, Fair Play
My Blue Ridge was originally designed and created by Carolyn. "My quilt pattern is an original 'mental conjuration' that developed during a class in which I had all the wrong fabrics for a landscape design. Thus My Blue Ridge was born!" Read More
GPS: N34° 38.4552', W083° 3.8158'S
93. SCHOOL HOUSE Quilter: Nelda Barkmann Sponsor: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Location: 150 Pleasant Hill Circle, Westminster
Westminster's Retreat Rosenwald School displays the quilt block called Schoolhouse. Nelda Barkmann, mother of Lyman resident, Karla Glova, was the original quilter. Read More
GPS: N34° 42.0259', W082° 55.5941'
94. HAWAIIAN PATCHQuilter:
Patricia Ann Slater Sponsor:Drs. Ross & Fredrickson Location: 10229-A Clemson Blvd., Seneca
A quilt block known as a Hawaiian Patch has been mounted on the dental offices of Drs. Kendon Ross and Malia Fredrickson at 10229-A Clemson Boulevard in Seneca. Read More
GPS: N34° 45.9733', W083° 4.3337'
95. STARS Quilter: Mattie Ryan Blackwell Location: 517 W. Main Street, Walhalla
The historic family home of Cissy Moyle Terry at 517 W. Main Street in Walhalla is being added to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Mrs. Terry is sponsoring a star pattern quilt block to be placed on her home. Her great, great aunt, Mattie Ryan Blackwell of Florence, SC, originally quilted it. Although the date of the quilt is unknown, it was passed onto Mrs. Terry in 1974. Read More
GPS: N34° 41.0919', W082° 57.2732'
96. Tsunami Relief
Quilter: Martha Duke Sponsor: Seneca Literary and Civic Club Location:Greater Oconee Chamber, 105 Ram Cat Alley, Seneca
The Seneca Literary and Civic Club celebrating its 90th year serving the Seneca area has sponsored the quilt as a gift to help promotethe Chamber and Ram Cat Alley. Martha Duke, a local resident, made the original quilt from a pattern called Bouillabaisse and donated it to the victims of the 2011 Japanese Tsunami. Read More
GPS: N34° 43.8634', W083° 2.4911'
97. LOG CABIN Quilter: Judy Dubose, Robin Ann Cooper Dubose Sponsor: Friends as a wedding gift Location: End of the Road Studios,
255 E. Bear Swamp Road, Walhalla
The original Log Cabin Quilt was a joint effort by Judy Dubose and her daughter-in-law, Robin Anne Cooper Dubose. Robin chose the fabric and cut the pieces, while Judy sewed them together. Read More
GPS N34° 39.8042', W083° 5.8822'
98. TEXAS STAR Quilter: Jessie Blackwell Location: 202 Augusta Street, Westminster
The front porch of Jimmy and Sandra Powell's has the quilt pattern called a Texas Star and was originally quilted by Mrs. Powell's aunt, Jessie Blackwell. Miss Jessie never married but worked as a seamstress in the Jantzen mill in Westminster. Read More
The Autumn Star has been a favorite for generations. It combines nicely with other star blocks. "This quilt was made for my daughter and her husband soon after they married and moved to their first home. I chose the fabrics to complement their home and planned for it to be just something to snuggle up in on a cold day or take on a picnic. Read More
GPS: N34° 39.9404', W083° 5.8639'
100. FRIENDSHIP GARDEN Quilter: Essie Jane Spencer Smith Sponsor: Donna J. Campbell Location: 100 E Windsor Street, Westminster
The City of Westminster is adding another block as part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt pattern Friendship Garden, will be mounted on the Municipal Building located on Highway 123 in Oconee County, SC. Essie Jane Spencer Smith of the Madison (Old Liberty Baptist Church) Community of Oconee County, made the original quilt. It was completed sometime before August 1945, as a wedding present to her son, Spencer and his wife, Lelline Smith. Donna J. Smith Campbell, Essie Smith's granddaughter, is sponsoring this addition to the trail. Read More
GPS: N34° 30.3856', W082° 39.1015'
105 Corn & Peas and a Cornucopia Quilter: Robin Kaja Sponsor: Anderson County Master Gardeners Location: Farmers Market Pavilion, Murray Avenue, Anderson
The Anderson County Master Gardeners have sponsored a table runner quilt block to be displayed on the Anderson County Farmer's Market located on the corner of Tribble and Murray Streets in Anderson, South Carolina. Read More
GPS N34° 52.8866', W082° 42.3235'
107 Blackford's Beauty Quilter: Gail Sexton Sponsor: Pickens County Cultural Commission Location: Pickens County Museum of Art and History,
307 Johnson Street,
The Pickens County Museum of Art and History has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Called Blackford's Beauty, the quilt was originally made by Gail Sexton, and is sponsored by the Pickens County Cultural Commission.
Mrs. Sexton told us, "I made a quilt called 'Red Birds on Parade' in 2012, using the Blackford's Beauty Block. Read More
GPS: N34° 55.6231', W082° 43.3367'
108 Fiddlers Jig Quilter: Jeanette R. Moody Sponsor: Pickens County Cultural Commission Location:Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens, SC
A quilt block known as Fiddler's Jig has been mounted on a barn at Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center. Jeanette R. Moody of Liberty made the original quilt block in 2010 as a wall hanging for her home.e used a pattern by Marcia Hohn and says it is the same as one that she made many years ago by a different name. Read More
GPS: N34° 46.0742', W083° 3.7985'
109 Carolina Lily
Quilters: Helen Wright Wilson and Grace Wright Watson Sponsor: The Clarkson Family Location: 306 N. Catherine Street, Walhalla
The Carolina Lily quilt block was donated by Susan and Greg Clarkson, their children and grandchildren, who all live in Florida. The quilt block went on the home of Maxie Duke, a Christmas gift in appreciation for her love and guidance over the years. The history of the Carolina Lily pattern can be found in the description of #61 on the Quilt Trail. Read More
GPS: N34° 38.0907', W083° 4.7354'
110 Dutch Doll Quilter: Ruth Azilee Shirley Black Location: 560 Theo Martin Road, Westminster
The quilt pattern is Dutch Doll and was originally made by her grandmother, Ruth Azilee Shirley Black. Mrs. Black was born in the Earles Grove Community of Oconee County in 1913 and died in 1993. Read More
GPS: N34° 45.5926', W083° 4.4113'
111 Building Blocks Quilter: Ellen Henderson Sponsor: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Location: 415 S. Pine Street, Walhalla, inside display
The Building Blocks quilt block has been donated to Oconee County by the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, working collaboratively with the County to preserve our heritage through the stories of the quilts and their makers. This quilt block is displayed inside the County Administration Building at 415 S. Pine Street, Walhalla. Read More
GPS N34° 54.7969', W083° 3.767'
112 Flag Quilter: Jean Christopher Location: Boat dock, Lake Cherokee
The Flag quilt can be found on the home of Jeanie and Dave Christopher on Jumping Branch Road on Lake Cherokee. She is the quilter and even created the pattern from the flags used by the lake association. They are in the shape of triangle flags.
As Jeanie told us, "This quilt was inspired by our living here at Lake Cherokee for 10 years. Read More
GPS: N34° 53.3491', W082° 58.7395'
113 Crossroads (right block) Quilter: Sue Holder Rash Sponsor: Tamassee Salem High School Class of 1981 Location: Tamassee Salem Middle/High School, 4Eagle Lane, Salem
The 1981 Class of Tamassee-Salem High School is sponsoring second addition to the school. This quilt block is in honor of their former English teacher, Ron Rash, well-known local writer. Read More
114 Fan (left block)
Quilter: Mrs. Jones Sponsor: Tamassee Salem High School Class of 1981 Location: Tamassee Salem Middle/High School, 4 Eagle Lane, Salem
The Tamassee-Salem High School Class of 1981 and former classmates sponsor the first block, the fan pattern quilt is "In memory of our dear principal, Sam Bass, Jr., principal from 1976 – 1989." Helen Jones who worked with Mr. Bass at the school made the original fan quilt. Read More
It all began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001 with Donna Sue Groves, a Field Representative with the Ohio Arts Council. She decorated her family barn with a quilt square pattern from one of her mother's quilts.
It grew to over 20 quilt panels in Adams County, Ohio and now Quilt Panels can be found on barns in Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas and it is quickly spreading throughout the Appalachian Region. As of April 2009, 24 states now have counties participating in this wonderful movement. More states and counties are joining in as word sweeps the country.
Oconee County was the first county in South Carolina to embrace the Quilt Trail concept. They added their own special features to the concept by extending the Quilt Trail to homes, historic buildings and businesses that want to participate. The founding group thought an expanded local quilt trail would be a good way to preserve our heritage and promote the area.
No one expected the project to have the positive support it has enjoyed. The goal for the first year was to create and hang 9 quilt panels and 30 were finished and hung in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. More quilt panels are underway as requests come in from throughout the area.
If you would like to sponsor a quilt block or make a contribution to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, please fill out this PDF form.
The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail is part of the Oconee Conservatory of Fine Arts, a 501(c)(3) organization.
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Production Team - help with layout and printing quilt blocks Resource Team - help collect historical information about quilter and locations Project Promotion - distribution of material, staff events, and help with other activities Sponsor a Quilt - honor a quilter on a location in the area.