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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger – Every Day

August 24, 2014


Pickens, SC, adds to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail


The Pickens Senior Center located in the Hagood Community Center at 129 School House Street, Pickens, SC, joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block was sponsored by the Hagood Community Center Fiber Arts Program. The original quilt was made by Mrs. Mary E. Granger (1932-2008) as a Bicentennial quilt. A native of Rochester, NY, she received degrees in nursing and art history. It was the latter training that yielded years of creativity. Her talents showed in the areas of dress making, pen and ink drawings, photography, reverse painting on glass, traditional rug hooking, painting and quilt making.

She married her husband, James, during his medical school training. After graduation, he re-entered the service as a physician in the US Army Medical Corps. While stationed in the Washington, DC, area, she met and was influenced over the years by Jinny Byers. Mary started her Bicentennial quilt while the family was stationed in Augusta, GA, and continued to work on it as she moved from Georgia to North Carolina to Tennessee. When finished, it was featured in Ms. Byers “Medallion Quilt Book”, a reference book at the Pickens Senior Center. Then Governor Lamar Alexander, now Senator Alexander, wanted to buy the quilt, but Mary wisely declined.

This spectacular quilt is done in red, white and blue, with four eagles, and medallions of stars and tassels in celebration of the four Presidents of this nation from Virginia – George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson.

Dr. Granger hopes the quilt and others in her collection will be enjoyed by the Pickens community, as well as her other collections gathered over the years: sewing items, antique clocks, Depression glass, sheet music of old popular melodic songs, and reference books related to these collections.

The Pickens Senior Center is the current owner of the quilt and is housed in a building begun in 1929 as the Pickens Mill School for the children whose parents worked at the Mill.

Roberts Presbyterian Church in Anderson joins the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail


The Road to Jericho quilt block is designed from a quilt made from fabrics collected over several decades by Clara Webb Lindsay, in 1995. Clara, a longtime resident of Anderson County, attended Roberts until her death in 1998 at the age of 89. The cloth quilt now belongs to her niece, Judy Stevanovich, who is a member of Roberts and lives in Anderson.  The quilt block was sponsored by members of the Unfinished Objects Quilt Bee who meet regularly at Roberts Church.

The quilt pattern is a deviation of the String Quilt pattern with the Road to Jericho running through the quilt.  Over 250 hours were spent first mapping and then painting the block by a dozen church members along with the Anderson County Production Team. The Road to Jericho Quilt block now hangs on the cemetery side of the church sanctuary.

The Road to Jericho is infamous for the story of the Good Samaritan who journeyed on the 20 miles from Jerusalem to Jericho.  It is a rocky and treacherous journey with a descent from Mount Olives to the Jordan valley below dropping about 4000 feet.  There are many places along the road that allows for hiding places for robbers and murders.

A poor man was traveling along the road when robbers attack him. Because he was poor all they took from him were his clothes and left him beaten and bleeding. Two travelers came by, a priest and a Levite. Extending no compassion to the destitute and wounded man, they crossed to the other side of the road and went on their way.  But shortly, a Samaritan happened by and extended help to the wounded man. The kind, generous benevolence paid to this poor stranger has been retold in every generation since. It will forever exemplify the Christian attitude toward those in need without respect for race, wealth, or standing in the community.

Roberts Church has been here for spiritual guidance to the community since 1789. It was named for a Colonel Roberts who was deeded land in the area in 1784. The whole area was known as the Roberts Community. There are still some member families who can trace their roots back to the founding of Roberts Church, or Simpson’s Meeting House. It was also referred to as the “father of Presbyterianism in Anderson County.” Similarly, it can be said that Roberts’s church was the “mother church” to First Presbyterian and the “grandmother church” to Central Presbyterian, both in the city of Anderson. The main church building was rebuilt in 1824, 1857 and 1937.  Major Renovations and additional facilities were completed in 1965, 1994 and 2000. Additional property was purchased in 1990 and 2010.

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The Ever Expanding Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in South Carolina Adds New Quilt Blocks

August 6, 2014


Editor’s Note: We usually post info about he Quilt Trail at Carolina Arts Unleashed, but we have currently lost access to that blog.

Hopewell United Methodist Church in Westminster, SC, will soon be the recipient of a new addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Sponsored by Mrs. Patricia (Pete) Ann Adams Sheriff, the quilt block is called “Blue Bird of Happiness” and was made by her Great Aunt Mary Melinda (Mamie) Davis. It was a gift from Great Aunt Mamie on the birth of the child who would become her favorite great niece.


Mamie Davis was born in 1876 in Hopewell Community.  She never married, but lived her life doing for others. She played the pump organ, a small reed organ or harmonium, at all the church services; taught Sunday school classes; prepared the elements for Communion; served as secretary/treasurer of the church for 30 plus years; cleaned the church building; built fires in the heater, and even cleaned Hopewell Cemetery all by herself. The Fellowship Hall at Hopewell was dedicated to Mamie for all her loving care and service through the years. It is on this building that her quilt block will be placed. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, tatting and working in her flower garden.  After her youngest sister died of influenza in 1918, Mamie provided love and care for her orphaned niece and nephew, Maude and Roy Meaders. To accommodate her growing responsibilities, she had a new house built in the early 1920’s on land owned by her grandfather, Thomas Jenkins, on Jenkins Bridge Road, close to the church.

Sometimes, Mamie boarded teachers from the nearby Hopewell School. After a house fire in 1931, she opened her home again to care for her brother, Russie Davis, his wife and their eight lively children who helped with farm work. Her last act of kindness was to pass on the farm to this family. In the late 1940’s, she kept house for school teachers Alpha and Eddie Pickens in the Cleveland Community. It was here in the Pickens Home that she suffered a heart attack and was brought to the home of one of Russie’s daughters, Eva Rae and her husband Raymond Adams. They had built a home on land Mamie had given them. She passed away on April 5, 1951. Eva Rae was a favored niece who worked with Mamie on family quilts.  She and her husband had one daughter, ‘Pete,’ who married Wayne Sheriff.

Together, the Sheriffs continued the tradition of building their home on the same land where Hopewell Church was first begun in 1830. Wayne Sheriff passed away in 2006.  He and Pete had no children, however, she continues to live in the house built on a corner of Jenkins land in the Hopewell Community. Her ambition is to strive to be a caring, sharing, loving person like ‘Aunt Mamie’ and to leave her corner to cousins who will love and care for it as much as she did.

Mamie Davis was honored at the Pickens-Jenkins Family Reunion at Hopewell United Methodist Church on August 2, 2014.

Link Family Farm Joins Upstate Heritage Quit Trail


Mrs. Wayne Link has sponsored the quilt in memory of her husband, “Bud”, the grandson of Joseph and Ada Link.    Mrs. Link developed an appreciation for quilts during childhood and has wonderful memories of sleeping under quilts with warm flannel linings at her grandmother’s home. During the early 1970’s, she taught quilting classes and developed a small cottage industry in an old dairy barn doing custom quilting. Now, her love for the history of quilts and the art of quilting has led her to sponsor a quilt for the Quilt Trail.

The quilt is located at 1606 Danenhower Road, Pendleton, SC. It is known as The Link Farm which has been in the family since April 1919 when it was purchased by Joseph J.  Link, “Bud’s grandfather. Joseph, a farmer, raised crops and also bought, sold, and traded mules.

Several of the original barns are remaining, as well as the house which was built in 1896. There are fourth and fifth generations of Joseph and Ada Link still living on the farm. Their children, the sixth generation, visit and enjoy the barns and pastures as well.

After the death of Joseph, a son obtained the farm and later built a dairy in the early 1950’s. Over the years, several additional out-buildings were constructed including a pole-barn which was used for hay storage and feeding of the cows. The farm has continued to change over the years but the Link family still retains a commitment to the growth and appreciation of agriculture.

“Bud” and Wayne began hosting visits by school groups when the first grandson brought his class out for a field trip. Since that time, the farm has introduced hundreds of students to agriculture. At present, the farm is the site for the annual Farm/City Day Event that Pendleton High School FFA Students sponsor each year. This year approximately 500 students attended. The old pole-barn has become the centerpiece for educational events and other gatherings for family and friends. The quilt block is centered above the entrance of this old barn to be viewed by all who enter.

The original quilt maker is not known although it is presumed to be Ada, since the fabrics represent the late 1800’s or early 1900s. This quilt is an example of a simplified form of crazy patchwork which became popular at the end of the nineteenth century. Odd shaped pieces of scraps from dresses, shirts, or other items represent a cross section of the family’s life during that period of time. Colors of tan, muted blue, are brightened by pieces of barn red fabric. This technique typically involved stitching small strips or patches together using a foundation square of fabric or paper to stabilize the work.  Cotton, probably grown on the family farm, was used as a batting between the quilt top and the lining.

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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.

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