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Upstate (SC) Heritage Quilt Trail Presents 193rd Quilt Block “Ode to Dave”

March 18, 2017

David and Diane Schonauer have added another quilt block to their 1892 Victorian house located at 707 West Market Street in the Westside Historic District in the city of Anderson, SC. The name of this pattern is Railroad Crossing.

Diane took several quilting classes in an adult continuing education program when I lived in Illinois. Each class offered a new pattern, making full size quilt tops. Since she did not have a lot of fabric at the time, nor the need for so many large quilt tops, she miniaturized each pattern the teacher gave them. The quilt is no exception in that the strips only measure ½” by 1 1/2”, and the overall quilt is 17 inches square. It was the first quilt Diane made “on point”. The backing fabric depicts old fashioned locomotives.

She named the quilt “Ode to Dave” in honor of her husband, David Schonauer. “We both worked for Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation, where we helped produce diesel electric locomotives. Dave spent his 31 year working career there, holding a variety of management level positions, including running the Aftermarket Business Unit and overseeing the installation of the SAP computer system.”

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Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, Offers Women2Women Museum Experience

December 6, 2016


Round up your network and join us for a Women2Women Museum Experience! Discover the compelling life stories of women artists, experience a private tour of “Women of Abstract Expressionism” and “Fired Up”, and enjoy refreshments.

Work by Perle Fine

This two-hour program is available for reservations on Wednesdays-Fridays December – February from noon-2pm or 4-6pm at #themintmuseum Uptown. $40 per person; maximum group size is 12. Book your group today by contacting Julie Olson Anna at 704/337-2043 or e-mail to (

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Seneca, SC

November 11, 2016


A new quilt block (#188) has been installed on the shores of Lake Hartwell, on the wood-working shop of Jere duBois at 880 Cartee Road, south of Seneca, SC. The original quilter is the accomplished Joy duBois, whose workshop lies in the walkout basement of their beautiful retirement home. Her quilts decorate every room of the spacious home and are a sight to see and enjoy.


Joy duBois relates that her husband has always hankered after a Mariner’s Compass, but for years she told him, “No, that’s too hard.” Not after she took a class at Heirlooms and Comforts with her friend, Judy Lardiere. They did their first paper piecing and each of them made a beautiful Mariner’s Compass quilt. Joy gave hers to Jere for his birthday.

duBois is now hooked on piecing, and applique, and color selection, and 1930s reproduction fabrics! Sounds like a quilter. Visiting her workspace is a delight to the eyes, with many quilts in various stages of production.

Moving south from St. Charles, IL, forty-seven years ago, Joy and Jere opened a convenience store on Old Clemson Highway in what is now a fraternity house. They lived upstairs, while Joy ran the business and Jere worked as a real estate broker for Coldwell-Banker, where he continues to be employed. After moving to South Carolina, Joy decided to make a quilt for her daughter from old dresses she wore as a child. She planned to gift the quilt to her for her high school graduation, but shares that it was actually completed for her graduation from university. She did discover the Heirlooms and Comforts Quilt Shop during that time, and took many classes there throughout the years.

duBois has been an inspiration to the Trail. You can see reproductions of her beautiful quilting at Six Mile Park. She and Sue Hackett produced #171, Quilted Tulips and soon to be added Gardener’s Delight. Joy has worked with many quilters in the area. A technique she and Gail Sexton learned together will be added soon at the City of Pickens Chamber of Commerce, and who knows where next? We have plans!

For more information on the history of the Mariner’s Compass pattern, refer to quilt #67 on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail web site at (

Take a Tour of Grovewood Studios in Asheville, NC – July 16, Aug. 20 & Oct. 8, 2016

June 7, 2016

There will be 3 more opportunities in 2016 – July 16, Aug. 20 and again on Oct. 8 – to tour Grovewood Studios, a group of 9 workshops occupied by 12 artists who work across mediums, located on the historic Grovewood grounds adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Tours are free and self­-guided and will take place from 11am – 4pm on all 3 dates. We will also offer 6 tour dates in 2017.

Chris Abell specializes in Boehm system wooden flutes, headjoints and whistles – handmade in Grenadilla and sterling silver.

Grovewood Studios and Grovewood Gallery have a rich craft history. Both are housed in the former weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, built during 1917 – 1924 by The Grove Park Inn’s architect, Fred Loring Seely. Remnants from this Arts & Crafts enterprise can still be found throughout Grovewood, and the buildings bear the marks of the craftspeople who worked here a lifetime ago. In its heyday, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country ­ worn  by US Presidents, First Ladies, movie stars, and sports figures.

For further info call 828/253-7651 or visit (

2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County Farm Sites A Part of the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour – June 11-12, 2016

May 9, 2016


The Ag + Art Tour returns this June bigger and better than ever! Each weekend, farm sites in counties across the state of South Carolina will host the Ag + Art Tour. The nine counties participating this year are Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry (June 4-5), Lancaster and York (June 11-12), Fairfield and Kershaw (June 18-19), and Chester and Union (June 25-26). On Saturdays, visitors will be able to stop by farms and farm stands from 9am-5pm, and on Sundays, from 1-5pm. The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest, free, self-guided farm tour designed to generate interest in local farms, fresh foods, and locally made traditional arts.

Each county participating in the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour will host kickoff events leading up to the Tour. The Ag + Art Tour of York County kicks off on Thursday, June 9 at the Old Town Farmers Market, located adjacent to Fountain Park, 300 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from 5-8pm. The Old Town Farmers Market is Rock Hill’s only all-local market. It features fresh, seasonal produce, farm products, handmade goods, live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, free yoga sessions and more! For further info visit (

Guinness World Record Holder Chef Smokin’ Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company will be our guest speaker for the kickoff. Chef Smokin’ Ed will speak from 5:30-6pm. Chef Currie will fill us in about how he came to grow peppers and win the 2013 Guinness World Record for the world’s hottest chili pepper. Chef Smokin’ Ed will also have a few of his pepper creations available for sampling.

Take a trip along York County’s country roads during the 2016 Ag + Art Tour. The Tour originated in York County in 2012, and has grown annually. This year, the Ag + Art Tour of York County includes 19 farms and farm stands and 21+ artisans including painters, potters, quilters, sewers, musicians, fabric artists, storytellers, and more.

Farms and Farm Stands include:
Anne Springs Close Greenway Gardens, 250 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Baker Farm, 2494 Greenwood Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Black’s Peaches, 1800 Black Highway, York, SC 29745
Bush-n-Vine, 1650 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745
*only open Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm
Catawba Cultural Preservation Project, 1536 Tom Steven Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Children’s Educational Garden, 954 Constitution Boulevard, Rock Hill, SC 29730
The Garden: Happy from my Head To-ma-tos, 2399 West Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726
J & J Family Farm, 1077 Wayfield Road, Clover, SC 29710
Ketchen Place, 3218 Cedarvale Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Myersart and Farm, 1281 Legion Road, Hickory Grove, SC 29732
Peach Tree, 2077 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745
Rock Ridge Farm, 542 Ridge Road, Clover, SC 29710
Roger Ridge Ranch | 4700 Canaan Church Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Sanders Peaches, Highway 321, Filbert, York, SC 29745
Stowe Dairy Farm, 169 Stowe Dairy Road, Gastonia, NC 28052
Tega Hills Farm | 1780 Zoar Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708
Windy Hill Orchard, 1860 Black Highway, York, SC 29745

Ancillary Sites include:
Cat’s Paw Winery, 1567 Fayrene Rd., Rock Hill, SC
PuckerButt Pepper Company, 235 Main Street, Fort Mill, SC, open Saturday, June 11, 10am-6pm; Sunday, June 12, 1-5pm
York Veterinary Services, l889 Highway 321 Bypass, York, SC, open Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm; Sunday, June 12, 1-5pm

Be sure to pack an empty cooler to fill with fresh, locally grown produce! Artists will be creating and selling their work, and musicians will be performing at various stops. Many farms will host family-friendly activities including hayrides, farm tours, and opportunities to check out barnyard animals.

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is coordinated by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, commerce, Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, the Arts Council of York County and community volunteers. The Ag + Art Tour of York County is sponsored by AgSouth and the York County Farm Bureau. Support for this project is provided by the York County Hospitality & Accommodations Tax, and by the Arts Council of York County’s Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For visitors’ information, including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888/702-1320.

For more information on the 2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County, contact Sonja Burris at 803/329-5200. For more information on the 2016 South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit ( for details.

CREATE Conway brings South Carolina AG + ART Tour to Horry County, SC – June 4 – 5, 2016

May 9, 2016


The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a FREE self-guided farm tour featuring local artisans and includes many farmers markets. During this month-long event visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase something special, and learn more about rural life.

Stay informed – become a member of the SC Ag + Art Tour Consortium! The Consortium is made up of members of agencies and organizations that touch the Ag + Art Tour mission of connecting consumers with producers. It’s free and open to everyone!

Please visit ( to learn more and become a member. Learn about the upcoming tour in all nine counties at (

Ag + Art Tour of York County, SC, Calls for Artists to Participate in South Carolina Ag + Art Tour

May 9, 2016


In partnership with the Arts Council of York County, the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2016 Ag + Art Tour in York County, SC. Artists may participate over multiple weekends in different counties, but must submit a separate application to each county. Traditional artists including potters, quilters, jewelers, painters and more, storytellers and musicians may apply to be considered. There is no fee to participate There is no fee to participate. York County’s artists and artisans should contact Robby Goggins, at the Arts Council of York County to apply. Artisans who submit applications after Friday, March 25, 2016 will be listed on, but will not appear in the printed Tour passport.

Set to take place throughout the month of June 2016 at local farms and farm stands in 9 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York Counties, visitors have the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase homemade and homegrown goods, and learn more about rural life. The Tour will be held each weekend in June, on Saturdays, from 9am-5pm, and from 1pm-5pm, on Sundays. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state. The Ag + Art Tour of York County will be held on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, in conjunction with the Ag + Art Tour of Lancaster County. The tour remains a free, self-guided tour where everything is handmade and homegrown in the participating counties.

The Ag + Art Tour began in 2012 in York County, SC, as a weekend-long, self-guided tour that brought visitors to farms and farm stands across the county where they were able to see first-hand where their food came from, and engaged with artists who were working and performing on-site. This is the largest tour of its kind in the United States, and it continues to grow across South Carolina each year.

For more information on the 2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County, contact Sonja Burris at 803/329-5200. For more information on the 2016 South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit ( for details.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit our webpage at (

Seagrove, NC, Potters Hold Spring Tea – Mar, 12, 2016

March 8, 2016

Visitors are invited to sample hot and iced teas at participating Seagrove, NC, pottery shops Mar. 12, 2016, from 9am-5pm. Each shop will serve something different and feature select pottery items. Visitors can sample fruity teas and fresh baked goodies. Maps and information will be available at each shop.

Discover your favorite teapot by taking a journey through Seagrove.  Enjoy a tea tasting experience at Blue Hen Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Dean and Martin, From the Ground up, Pottery Road Studio & Gallery and Thomas Pottery.

More information can be found at by calling 336/879-4145 or visit (

Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County, SC, is Seeking Artisans for June 2016 Annual Event – Deadline Mar. 21, 2016

February 28, 2016


The Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County, SC, is now accepting applications from artisans who are interested in participating. Artists are featured free of charge at agricultural locations that have applied to be part of the 2016 self-guided farm tour. Hours of the tour are 9am until 5pm on Saturday, June 10, 2016, and 1-5pm on Sunday, June 11, 2016. Lancaster County is one of nine counties that make up the SC Ag+Art Tour, the nation’s largest free farm tour. Artists can find information and apply at (

The direct link to the Lancaster County Artisan Application is: (

When applying for desired locations, please note the Lancaster County Farmers Market will be open for the tour on June 10th only and The Ivy Place will be open for June 12th only.

The deadline to be included in the printed passport guide is 3/21/2016.

Artisans can sign-up after this date but will only be included on the website. Artisans contact for Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County is Lancaster County Council of the Arts at 803/285-7451 or e-mail to (

For general information on Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County, please e-mail to ( or call 803/289-1492.

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Names Quilter of the Year and Presents a Gathering of Quilters

February 12, 2016


The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, has sponsored the Quilter of the Year Program since 2010. It began in Oconee County and now has been expanded to include Anderson and Pickens Counties. The program will be rotating the nominations by county. The 2016 nominees will be from Anderson County, 2017 Pickens County and 2018 Oconee County. Then the cycle will repeat. Nominations will only be accepted for residents of that year’s county. Nominees do not have to be a member of a guild or other formal quilting association or group. Nominations have to be submitted on the application form by date due

The Quilter of the Year Program was initiated to recognize a quilter who has provided community service and leadership through their quilting. The UHQT receives much support from the quilting community, it is our way to say thank you to these artists who provide service to their community.

Additional information and application can be downloaded from the UHQT web site (, under News tab or requesting application by contacting the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail at P.O. Box 333, Walhalla, SC, 29691, Phone 864/723-6603

A Gathering of Quilters – Mar. 5, 2016

Quilters of South Carolina – District One

The Gathering will be at the First Baptist Church in Williamston, SC, at 10am on Mar. 5, 2016. The address is 116 E. Main Street, Williamston, SC 29697.

Our speaker will be Lanette Edens, The Gypsy Quilter.

Please send the following to Susan Perham by February 19 to assure your reservation for the delicious HOT and YUMMY lunch! We will have show and share (please bring a beauty!) and VENDORS!!! There will be door prizes and we will be collecting 12” (finished) Q.o.V. blocks. Pattern of your choice, just use red, white and blue!!

Name ___________________________________________________________

Address ________________________________________________________________

Phone _____________________________________

Email _____________________________________

Please send cash or check ($7.00) to Susan Perham at 104 Cherrystone Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680
by February 19, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan at 864/918-4445 or e-mail to (

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