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Pearl Nester of Camden, SC, is a Semifinalist in International Quilt Show

June 30, 2014

Pearl Nester, a Camden, SC, resident has been chosen as a semifinalist for the 2014 American Quilter’s Society (AQS) QuiltWeek® in Charlotte, NC, July 30-August 2, 2014, at the Charlotte Convention Center. Nester is a member of the Quilters of Kershaw County, an affiliate member of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC.) She is married to local artist, member and past president of Camden ART (formerly the Camden Art Association) Edward Nester.

“Solitude” by Pearl Nester

Nester’s quilt, “Solitude” was chosen along with 182 others to be displayed in the AQS Contest. First, Second and Third place prizes in seven categories will be awarded, along with seven overall awards including Best of Show. Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the AQS website, ( Nester has the opportunity to win the $10,000 Best of Show award as well as numerous other awards including $3,500 Best Wall, Traditional, Innovative, Modern and Computer-Aided Quilt. The AQS show is expected to draw more than 15,000 people to the Charlotte Convention Center.

“This is great being in a show of this quality so close to home.  I hope that it will inspire more of our local quilters to enter shows and become involved with AQS.  The Quilters of Kershaw County is a wonderful venue for inspiration and learning the different aspects of quilting from the members who love to share their knowledge,” said Nester.

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 37 US states and seven other countries. The American Quilter’s Society hosts seven annual shows throughout the United States each year.

The society was formed in February of 2002, when Nancy Smith organized a group of quilters in Kershaw and surrounding counties to form the Quilters of Kershaw County (QKC). The QKC became an affiliate of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Currently 50 members strong the QKC includes members from Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, and Fairfield counties in South Carolina.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information about the FAC, please call 803/425-7676, ext. 300, or visit ( Be sure to check out the QKC web site at (

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds 125th Quilt Block in Mountain Rest, SC

June 17, 2014


The Etcetera Club of Mountain Rest, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Chartered in 1972, the club is located at 120 Vernon Mill Road (GPS: N34° 50.5638′, W083° 8.1079′). The original cloth quilt, called “Scenes from Mountain Rest”, was designed by Mary Belle Nix and hand quilted by other members of the club. It is the block in the center of the quilt depicting the mountains, fields and forests around Mountain Rest that is portrayed in the quilt block mounted on the clubhouse. Nix created that central block, and members quilted the squares surrounding it, depicting other scenes of the area.

Etcetera Club members

The building housing the club was built in 1949 as a four-room school house and was part of the Oconee School District. It was used until 1964. The Mountain Rest Community Club bought the property and it serves as a hub for the many activities of the area. The Etcetera Club meets there once a week throughout the year. Mountain Rest itself is a community. When stages coaches were the way people traveled Mountain Rest was a regular stop to enjoy the mountain scenery and cool air. It became a popular destination with the building of Stumphouse Tunnel in the mid 1800’s. Today people are still enjoying the wonders of the mountains, streams, rivers, forests and the abundance of nature’s beauty in the area.

“Scenes from Mountain Rest”

Sally Gravino on right, Sue Hardee on left, women who painted quilt block

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail started with one quilt square mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla, SC. 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.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in SC Gains Unusual Addition

June 5, 2013


The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail has gained an unusual addition. Rather than a typical quilt block, this addition is a rendition of a cross stitch quilt called “Native Birds,” and was mounted on the home of its owner, Jacqueline Downes of Chartwell Point Road in Seneca, SC.


Made in the late 1950’s, the original quilt was made by June Fisher, Sadie German, Mable Peters and Florence Muth, Mrs. Downs’ mother, grandmother and great aunts, all of Allentown, PA, in Lehigh County.  Nine birds are depicted, with some repeats, however, it is the cardinal that is featured on the mounted quilt block.

“My mother would spend months stitching the pattern as she sat in her wheelchair – it was busy work. The ladies would arrive, set up a frame in the living room, and I would find them working every day when I came home from school.  Over time, the frame would be folded smaller and smaller, until the quilt was finished. Then mother would start on another.”

Cross stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery and can be found all over the world. X-shaped stitches in a tiled pattern are used to form a picture. It is often executed on easily countable evenweave fabric called aida cloth. The stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance. This is also called counted cross stitch to distinguish it from other forms of cross-stitch. Besides the aida cloth, other fabrics used in cross-stitch include linen and mixed content fabrics called ‘even weave.’ This name refers to the fact that the fabric is woven to make sure there are the same number of threads in an inch left to right and top to bottom. Fabrics are categorized by threads per inch, or ‘count,’ and can range from 11 to 40 counts.

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Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild in Morehead City, NC, Offers Annual Quilt Show – May 17 & 18, 2013

May 15, 2013

The Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild will present its 31st Annual Show which will be at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street in Morehead City, NC, Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9am to 5pm each day.  Admission is only $6 and children under 12 are admitted free!

Visitors can purchase tickets to win the 2013 Opportunity Quilt which will be awarded on Saturday, May 18 at 4:30pm. (Need not be present to win.)  Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 and can be purchased from guild members or at the show.

Special exhibits which will appeal to the art community are two travelling exhibits. A special trunk show, “This Is a Quilt”, will showcase a collection of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) members’ creations. SAQA members are well known internationally and this is the first time an exhibit of theirs has been offered locally.

The second special exhibit is from the Artrageous Quilters’ 2013 Collection. Their work is “back by popular demand” and will surely please viewers as much as the past exhibits have.

The Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild (CCQG) is a non-profit organization of quilters in eastern North Carolina dedicated to furthering the art of quilting.

Since 1982, our guild members have included quilters from several counties near Morehead City, as well as out-of-state members. In addition to hosting an annual quilt show each spring, members make and donate quilts to support local community charitable projects. The guild is committed to education and sponsors several workshops throughout the year, in addition to programs presented at the monthly meetings.

Guild membership is open to the public, and we invite you to join us at a meeting soon.  Come and see what the Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild has to offer you!

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2012 York County (SC) Ag + Art Tour Takes Place – June 9 and 10, 2012

May 21, 2012

Welcome to the 2012 York County Ag + Art Tour, a free self-guided tour of York County Farms and Artisans. During this weekend-long event, held June 9 & 10, 2012, you will have the opportunity to see first-hand where your food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folk songs, and learn more about rural life.

How to Enjoy The Ag + Art Tour

Step 1: Choose several tour sites to visit, by visiting ( being aware that you might not be able to see everything in one day. Pick up your Tour Passport Guide at your first tour stop. Also, be sure to check out our schedule of events to see what is happening during the weekend!

Step 2: Load up your car with your friends and family and begin your tour! Bring a cooler and pick up some fresh veggies, let your kids enjoy a hay-ride and barnyard animals, watch our artists in action and enjoy a day in the country!

Step 3: At each tour site be sure to visit our Ag + Art Tour Information booth to get the visit log card located in the back of your guide stamped. At your last tour stop be sure to provide your contact information on the tour log card and enter it into a prize drawing!

Step 4: Stay in touch and support local! Use this passport as your year-long guide to find locally grown food and handmade items throughout York County.

+ From Barns to Bedcovers

“From Barns to Bedcovers” is a self guided, free porch tour through the quaint, historic district of York, SC. Visitors will see quilted items on display ranging from utilitarian quilts, pillows, samplers, etc, to pieces of art truly indicative of what quilting has become today.

The quilt tour is being held in cooperation with the York County Quilters and in conjunction with the Ag + Art Tour June 9 and 10. Porches on the tour will be marked with a yard sign and maps will be available at each of the locations.

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Whatsoever Circle of the International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons in Edisto Beach, SC, Offers Annual Edisto Day Bazaar – May 5, 2012

March 4, 2012

The annual Edisto Day Bazaar will be held Saturday, May 5, 10am – 3pm, at the Lions Club Building, 2970 Myrtle Street, Edisto Beach, SC. Come enjoy an old time bazaar with arts and crafts, baked goods, books and media, jewelry and accessories, attic treasures, plants, quilt auction, guest vendors, and lunch at the KD Café.

The bazaar is sponsored by the Whatsoever Circle of the International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons.  Proceeds benefit humanitarian projects and services for Edisto Beach and Island residents. The bazaar is the chapter’s only fund raiser throughout the year. During the past year donations for local charities have included the American Heart Association, Animal Lovers of Edisto, Charleston County Library Begin with Books Project, Colleton County Arts Council, Edisto Beach Fire Department, Edisto Beach Elementary School, Edisto Belles (breast cancer awareness), Edisto Island Community Assoc. Scholarship Fund, Edisto Island Food Pantry, Edisto Island Home Mission Team, Learning Through Loggerheads, and Team Linda.

Women from Edisto Island have had a long tradition of Christian service. The Whatsoever Circle was organized Jan. 13, 1888, and is the second oldest continually operating IOKDS chapter in the United States. The chapter’s name, Whatsoever Circle, is based upon Scripture found in Philippians 4:8.

This year’s King’s Daughters Quilt is the work of many hands, over a period of years. The pattern is the classic Dresden Plates in authentic fabrics from the 30’s and 40’s.  The Dresden Plates were pieced by an unknown quilter some time in the past. A previous resident of Edisto Island gave these unfinished Dresden Plates to Fran Geisler. Our own local artist is not quilter, but she immediately recognized the beauty and value of these pieces. She gave them to Deb Grier, who is a quilter. While Grier admired the workmanship and heritage, she unselfishly donated them to the King’s Daughters to be used to make this year’s quilt.

The quilt photo was taken by King’s Daughters member Marsha Korpanty.

Various members of King’s Daughters appliquéd the Dresden Plates to a simple white background. Sashing and 9 patches were added to finish off the blocks. The quilt, 85″ x 103″ is quilted in an overall rose design.

Both Fran Geisler and Deb Grier are so pleased that the work of an unknown quilter has been finished and will find a place in some lucky person’s home.

The templates used by the unknown quilter were cut from card stock, which is very aged looking. On one side of the template is a partial recipe and on the other are the charges for various dairy products. For example, Grade A Milk was 10 cents a quart, Grade AA Milk was 11 cents. Malted Milk was 60 cents.

For further information please contact Bazaar Chairman Denise Blauch by calling 843/869-2001.

Seneca Woman’s Club in Seneca, SC, Offers Lecture by Martha File About the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail – Feb. 26, 2012

February 21, 2012

The Seneca Woman’s Club in Seneca, SC, will offer as part of its Heritage Lecture Series – SC’s Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, featuring Chairperson Martha File on Feb. 26, from 2-4pm at the Historic Ballenger House, 212 East South Third St. in Seneca.

File will speak on the development of SC’s first trail of quilt blocks, placed on barns and historic buildings in 3 counties; Oconee, Pickens and Anderson.

Also featured will be Suzi Parron, newly published author of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” Parron will sign copies of her book which will be available for purchase at the event.

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Devils Fork State Park in Oconee County, SC, Joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

February 21, 2012

Cynthia Leggett brings us news of the first quilt block/square installed in a SC State Park, the latest entry to the Quilt Trail. Devils Fork State Park has joined the Quilt Trail with the addition of a quilt block originally designed by local quilter, Betsy Ward of Seneca, SC. The original quilt hanging, called “Rolling Landscape – Lake and Mountains,” was mounted on the Ranger Station and designed and made by Ward 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,” says Ward.

Devils Fork State Park is situated on the southern shores of Lake Jocassee, in Oconee County, SC. The South Carolina State Park Service manages Devils Fork as a traditional state park. It is located 5 miles north of Salem and can be reached by traveling scenic Hwy. 11 to Lake Jocassee Road or Boones Creek Road. Devils Fork contains 644 acres and provides the only boat access to Lake Jocassee.  Facilities include two campgrounds with water and electrical hookups, 20 modern villas for those who prefer extra amenities for overnight accommodations, three picnic areas, two covered shelters and four boat launch areas with parking. Devils Fork also has several hiking trails through lush forests filled with wildflowers, including the Oconee Bell.

The  Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail is sponsored by the Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor grant program.

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail started with one quilt square mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla. It quickly spread to over 30 quilt panels in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties mounted on barns, businesses, homes and public buildings. There are currently over 70 quilt squares located on the Trail.

In a related event, on Feb. 26, from 2-4pm, Martha File, Chairperson of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail will give a lecture about the Trail at the Historic Ballenger House, 212 East South Third St. in Seneca, SC. Also featured will be Suzi Parron, newly published author of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” Parron will sign copies of her book which will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information about the Trail, stories and pictures, visit (

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Adds New Quilt Squares to Building in Anderson, SC

February 9, 2012

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail has added two new quilt squares to buildings in Anderson, SC.

# 69 Grandmothers Flower Garden
Quilter: Jean Bryant
Location: 233 Hammond Circle, Anderson, SC
GPS N34° 27.4018′, W082° 35.7424′

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.

#70 Peony
Quilter:  Family of Emma Safara Kay
Location: 500 Howard McGee Road, Anderson, SC
GPS N34° 26.881′, W082° 32.0806′

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.

For more information call 864/723-6603 or visit ( You can see all of the quilt squares on the Quilt Trail on the website.

City of Iva, SC, Joins the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

September 8, 2011

The REVIVA Museum and Visitor Center, located at 106 Broad St., in Iva, SC, is the site of another addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Sponsored by the Iva Community Improvement Association, the quilt pattern is known as an “Eight Point Star”. The association chose the colors of the rainbow for their quilt – red, blue, sunshine yellow and green. It certainly shows up well on that street corner, thanks to the Little River Electric Cooperative who installed the quilt for them.

Yvonne McGee, Chairman of REVIVA, told us, “Many of our older quilters, most of whom have passed away, made quilts using this star design. Our oldest, Mrs. Ora Dunn, lived to be 105. Her daughter and granddaughter are still quilting.”

The REVIVA Museum and Visitor Center is located just one block off of Highway 81, and is visible from the South Carolina Heritage Corridor, of which the UHQT is a part.

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