Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands by Four New Quilt Blocks in Upstate, SC

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172 Angles in Blue, Salem, SC

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Hung in January of 2016, the original design for Angels in Blue is based on the traditional Windmill and Pinwheel patterns. It was designed by Margaret Walch whose granddaughter wanted to enter a project at the 4-H fair and wanted something simple since this was to be her first attempt at quilting. By reworking the traditional patterns, the design became an angel. The resulting pattern was published in Quilt World’s Christmas issue in 1991.

The Angels in Blue Quilt was made by Christine Lusk of Salem. Mrs. Lusk was a seamstress in Oconee County garment factories for more than 33 years.

Mrs. Lusk’s grandson, Jacob Lusk, wanted to honor his grandmother with his Eagle Scout Service Project and together they selected this pattern, which was especially appropriate as it was to hang on the fellowship building at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church which his grandmother attends. The church is located on 2 Old Flat Shoals Road off Hwy 11 in Salem. Interestingly, the Church is given a #2 on its name. The original church, # 1, is underwater at Lake Jocassee and was used in the filming of the movie Deliverance before the valley was flooded!

The quilt was painted by Jacob and members of BSA Troop 55 with the assistance of Troop Master Robert Eden and Jacobs coach Cindy Blair.

While only four squares of the beautiful quilt is displayed, the original is full of bright yet peaceful colors.

173 Cascade, Anderson, SC

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David and Diane Schonauer have added a quilt block to their 1892 Victorian house located in the Westside Historic District in the city of Anderson. It is known locally as the Cathcart House since the Cathcart family owned the home from 1919 until 1991. The Schonauers purchased the home from the estate of the last Cathcart residing there and are only the home’s third owners. An extensive interior renovation and addition were constructed and completed in 2002. The Tumbling block has been placed on the rear addition.

The “Tumbling Block” pattern was first used by Victorian ladies to show off scraps of their finest silk fabrics. The diamond pattern requires the corners to be matched with great care for this patterns unusual geometric effect to be realized, since the 1830’s quilts of this pattern were designated as more luxurious than the square block patterns. This pattern also has many other names including cubework, heavenly stairs, and Pandora’s Box. This particular pattern is called “Box of Tricks” from the book Building Block Quilts by Sara Nephew.

Diane Schonauer pieced the quilt top; it was quilted by Heirlooms and Comforts, and completed in 2006.

“I started this quilt in a class in Illinois in 1998 at a shop called Pieceful Hearts. Sara Nephew’s construction method eliminates the challenging “Y seam”. Each block contains two 60 degree diamonds and four 60 degree triangles, the two triangles in the “medium position” are matching fabric.

My mother had started a few quilts, among them Cathedral Window and Log Cabin, before 3 daughters and full time employment stopped her from completing them. I loved seeing these pieces as a young child and consequently have always liked quilts.

My sister, Linda Lilly, actually taught me how to sew. She made all of our clothes from the time I was 10 through my high school years. She is a very accomplished seamstress and has a degree in clothing and textiles. In the 1980’s Linda and I took a quilting class at Katie’s Calico Corners. I was hooked; Linda has not ever quilted again! In the early 1990’s, quilting classes were offered as an adult continuing education program and I signed up for the very first one. I have been quilting ever since.”

174 Lone Star, Westminster, SC

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Kimberly Wulfert, PhD., Quilt Historian (http://www.womenfolk.com/), has stated that “The Lone Star quilt block is likely one of the most recognizable quilt patterns to Americans. It is also one of the oldest patterns, along with the Mariner’s Compass, Orange Peel, Job’s Trouble and Irish chain. But this is a pattern known by many names. There are variations of it with 6 points, 8 points (the most common design) or even more.

Various Lone Star quilt pattern names are given to the pattern with a large central star, made up of diamond shaped fabric to form the star points from the center out. Often the colors are chosen and placed to form what appear to be concentric circles radiating around the center. It is placed in the center of the quilt top and can be appliquéd down to the background or pieced in. Sometimes other tiny stars are placed in the large blank areas surrounding the star, or flowers may be appliquéd in those areas.”

Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Long of Westminster made this Lone Star quilt for Mr. Cecil T. Sandifer. She began quilting late in her life, upon her retirement in the year 2000. As a child, she helped her mother make quilts, a necessity in those days. So far, she’s made 18 quilts, one for each of her three children, 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Lucky friends have been gifted with quilts in honor of anniversaries and other special occasions. Her philosophy about quilting is that it is a craft that needs to be taught to the younger generations.

The history of this quilt, relates to the history of Cecil T. Sandifer, founder and owner of the Funeral Home. Mr. Sandifer has worn a tie since his years as a teenager, as evidenced by old family photographs. He began wearing ties when he was named the bus driver at Connie Maxwell Orphanage where he and his wife, Frances, were raised. They moved to Westminster in 1952 and established the Sandifer Funeral Home. He has continued to wear a tie for the 90 plus years of his life.

The current location of the Funeral Home bears a plaque that reads, “The original structure of this building dates back to circa 1879 when this property was conveyed to Joseph T. King from H.J. Reeder. Cecil and Frances B. Sandifer purchased this home in the year 1954 from Olive King Pitts rearing seven children in the funeral home. Historical preservation is evident by four original gables, metal roof, eight workable fireplaces and hand hewn ceilings and walls. The sacredness and preservation of these premises becomes a constant reminder of our commitment serving with dignity and compassionate care.”

Mr. Sandifer has made huge contributions to the Upstate in more ways than one. He was decorated for valor while serving in the Fourth Division of the U.S. Army infantry during WWII and earned a Purple Heart, three Battle Stars and a Bronze Star. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, as Mayor of Westminster and as a commissioner on the Employment Security Commission, now the Department of Employment and Workforce. Mr. Sandifer was awarded the Order of the Palmetto for his significant statewide contributions, and a portion of U.S. Highway 123 was named after him for his many good deeds and services in local civic organizations.

175  Thai Memories of Saffron and Silk, Westminster, SC

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Moon’s Drugs, located at 132 Main Street in Westminster, and owned by Jerry and Kathy Smith, has added the 175th quilt on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt, called Thai Memories of Saffron and Silk was designed by Barbara Shapel of Washougal, Washington and pieced and quilted by Jane Oliver of Hayesville, NC.

Moon’s occupies several buildings on Main Street, all of them historic. The buildings that house Moon’s Home Medical and Gifts were built in the 1800’s. The middle building, which is home to Moon’s Drug Store, opened as a drug store in 1901 and has remained there ever since.

Kathy Smith told us that one of her favorite quilts on display at the 2014 Festival of Quilts in Seneca was the Thai Memories of Saffron and Silk made by Jane Oliver.

“Obviously, I don’t own this quilt, but I want to use the pattern as our quilt block at Moon’s.”

Jane Oliver is a fiber artist living in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. She has enjoyed every minute of a life-long passion for fabrics, fibers, needles, and thread. Her evolution through this medium has taken many forms. The one fiber path she intended never to follow was quilting — until it grabbed her heart in the 1980’s and never let go. Today most of Jane’s creative work involves art quilts. Her inspiration is often drawn from nature — the mountains outside her windows, the ocean, and the coastal salt marshes. Her work has won awards in several guild shows. Various pieces are in private collections.

Jane has studied to develop her quilting skills by taking courses from the John C. Campbell Folk School in Western NC to studying with nationally/internationally recognized instructors in Sisters, Oregon. It was in Sisters that she met and began study with Barbara Shapel, quilt artist and mentor. From this study emerged Thai Memories in Saffron and Silk. This piece is composed primarily of silk fabrics brought back from a trip to Thailand where Jane was deeply impressed with the rich colors and textures of the Thai fibers and with the pervasive sights of the saffron robes worn by the Buddhist monks.

Jane wishes her formal education were in art. It is not. Instead she holds degrees from the University of Georgia, one a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, the other a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. Her favorite job was as owner of a needlework retail shop where she taught classes in various techniques. However, she also held jobs in business development for a historic preservation/landscape architecture firm, in a college library, and as a hospital medical librarian. Today Jane pursues the creative world of fiber and delights in watching her grandchildren grow up.

Barbara Shapel is an award-winning quilt artist, teacher, lecturer and author. Her quilts have appeared in many publications and are included in private collections nationally and internationally. Today she is known for creating two-sided quilts where the back is a reflection of the front and offers the viewer a different perspective of the same piece. She also works to integrate the quilting line and make it an important part of the overall design of the piece.

In 2005, Barbara retired from Clark College, located in Vancouver, Washington, where she taught computer software application classes for almost 20 years. She now focuses full-time on creating fiber art and teaching others the joy of quilt making. She lives with her family in Washougal, Washington.

In 2003, Barbara kept having recurring dreams about ocean waves. After she created “Currents,” a local quilt shop owner suggested making a pattern based on the quilt. It became the first quilt pattern in her line of patterns that now includes over a dozen different designs. “Currents” continues to be her most popular pattern and she has taught hundreds of classes based on this design. It is always fun to see how students interpret the pattern to make it their own. Jane Oliver’s version is an outstanding example of taking a master pattern and adding her own vision to create a beautiful, unique quilt.

For further info visit (http://www.uhqt.org/).

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