Thursday, April 4, 2013

Southern Quilt Trail

I see a road trip in my future!

Found this story and thought I would share:

Georgia’s portion of the National Quilt Trail, known as the Southern Quilt Trail, had its start in historic downtown Powder Springs. Located west of Atlanta just off highway 78/278, Powder Springs is a town of pretty front porches and shady sidewalks. Like much of North Georgia, the discovery of gold drew white settlers to the area, but its seven mineral springs helped it to become popular as a resort by the middle of the 19th century.

During the 20th century, people lost interest in “taking the cure” by dipping into the cool waters, but Powder Springs has another claim to fame now. It has some 16 quilt squares painted on the sides of various historic buildings in town – a number of which can be seen on a walking tour.

The Quilt Trail has nothing to do with stitching circles or re-decorating your bedroom. In 2001, Donna Sue Grove initiated the painting of a quilt square pattern on the barn at her Adams County, Ohio residence, to honor a promise she had made to her mother. That one barn started a national phenomenon – almost every state now has its own trail of barns or historic buildings with a quilt square painted on the side.

Traditionally, the square should be painted on an historic building and the pattern should be one of importance to a woman in the family. Many are located on rural roads – and a quilt square tour makes for a much more interesting trip through the country than one on an interstate. It’s difficult to keep track of the number of Quilt barns in the country– but in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina there are over 400. It’s also hard to find one site that lists them all – but the National Quilt Trail and the Appalachian Quilt Trail Guide are good starts.

Georgia has been a little slow to join the party – but in 2007, the Seven Springs Historical Society began painting the squares on buildings in Powder Springs. In Georgia it is known as the Southern Quilt Trail, and it now includes quilt squares on buildings and barns in Cobb, Heard, Paulding, Haralson and Carroll counties. The Rolling Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council has a list on its site with locations as well.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Everyone is looking for a quick fix to mitered corners.  I found this on Amy's Creative Side and thought you all could get some use from it!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

It has certainly been a busy month around the Quilt Castle!  Annie is bored to tears and is anxious for her Dad to come home and take her out to the shop!

Aside from creating a fun Wedding quilt, I also worked on two new quilts for my sweet grand daughters to snuggle up with on those cool winter evenings this winter.

In addition, I have become a Great Aunt (again!).  Time for a quilt!  Sweet Amelia, I am certain, is adorable and the first Grandma is in heaven!  I thought I'd share the flannel I have chosen for this darling little angel.  More to follow!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 12, 2010


I've been away for awhile! Time has been precious these last few months and between surviving Tax Season, a daughter's graduation and subsequent engagement, in addition to the creation of a new organization, I've completely neglected my quilting facebook friends and my blog.

I'm back, however and want to share with you the blog for Comforting Quilter's. Comforting Quilters was created to create quilts for those needing comfort. We've had a plethora of fundraisers and are currently raffling off a quilt to help raise funds for supplies such as batting and thread.

These quilts are freely given with love and tenderness put into every stitch! We meet every month at the Byron Depot and encourage anyone in the area to visit us! Even if you've never sewed a stitch, we'll find something for you to do!

Visit the blog at, or come by the Depot on the third Friday from 7 -9 & Saturday from 9 - 3. We'd love to see ya!

Have a question? Email me for more information!