The Seed is Planted
Joe Sutton, owner of Powder Springs Flowers & Gifts, went online to read his hometown daily newspaper and found on the front page a picture of three quilts on the side of a building. The article in the paper told about the Appalachian Quilt Trail.
After researching the Quilt Trail, he went across the Street to a local antique shop where he and the shop owners decided that Powder Springs needed to start a quilt trail of its own.
As members of the Seven Springs Historical Society, we presented the idea to the Society as a project. The Seven Springs Historical Society was very excited about starting this project and formed a Quilt Trail Committee.
How the Quilt Trail Began
After more research, we found the original trail was started in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. Donna Sue Groves painted a quilt on her barn in honor of her mother, Maxine, who is a Master Quilter, and also to
honor the heritage of quilting. Other counties in Ohio as well as counties in East Tennessee are part of the Appalachian Quilt Trail.
Iowa has a neat quilt trail called “The Barn Quilt Project.”
Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina have Quilt Trails, which they have recently started.
Quilts are such a big art of everyone’s life. Many of us can remember our mothers or grandmothers sitting around quilting. Most people have at least one quilt that was made by a family member…they may not have heirlooms or antiques in their homes, but they do love the old quilts.
We have painted nine quilt squares at this time and a have a waiting list for three more. The first quilt was started at the Country Store of Seven Springs, which
in located in a building that dates back to the mid 1800’s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Within three days of painting, we had four people requesting quilts on their buildings in the Historic Downtown Powder Springs area.
And the rest, as they say, is history!