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Hospice of the Foothills in Seneca, SC, Joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

August 12, 2015


Hospice of the Foothills has received an addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block donated by the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail and acquired by Jan McKinney of Salem at the Hospice Foundation’s annual Christmas Tree Gala auction. She then donated it to the Hospice property located at 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC.

The pattern is called Prairie Star and was made by Barbara Schoonover of Salem. She told us she was taught to quilt by her maternal grandmother, Dessie Decker, when she was 8 or 9 years old in Ohio, where she grew up.


“We would sit around a large floor quilt frame and Grandma always wanted me to sit beside her so she could make sure I didn’t get any blood on the quilts if I stuck my finger on the needle. My mother, Beatrice Howell, was also a quilter and I have several pieces of her work. I am always amazed at how small and even her stitches were. Today, my quilting mentor is my younger sister, Bobbie Moore, who makes beautiful quilts.”

According to the National Park Service’s Quilt Discovery Experience booklet, stars are probably the most common motif used on quilts. Homesteaders traveling west used the stars for guidance and they looked upon stars as religious symbols of their faith in God. There are hundreds of star patterns. Some quilts have just one large radiating star, often called the Star of Bethlehem or Blazing Star, while other quilts display dozens of smaller stars. The simplest and most popular star pattern is an eight pointed star.

A star pattern is not the easiest to cut and sew. Precision is extremely important as any inaccuracy in cutting or piecing is multiplied as pieces are added. If poorly pieced, the quilt will not lie flat when finished. An intricate star pattern was one way for a quilter to show her needlework skills.

Many times, the quilter deliberately sewed a mistake somewhere in the quilt, perhaps to reflect the maker’s faith in God, for only God can make a perfect thing.

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Hopewell Plantation in Clemson, SC, Joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

August 8, 2015


Hopewell Plantation, adjacent to the Clemson University campus, in Clemson, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Rebecca Calhoun Pickens’ coverlet utilized a candlewick technique which traditionally uses an unbleached cotton thread on a piece of unbleached muslin. It gets its name from the nature of the soft spun cotton thread, which was braided then used to form the wick for candles. Motifs are created using a variety of traditional embroidery stitches as well as a tufted stitch. Subject matter is usually taken from nature. Most of the designs were simple and stitched on unbleached muslin fabric. After the embroidery was completed, the fabric would be washed in very hot water to shrink the fabric and cause the stitches to fluff up, which would hold the stitches in place and give the puckered look of what would become traditional candlewicking.


Pickens’s used flowers, insects, and pine trees in her coverlet which were all native South Carolina plants.  It is a variation of the vase or basket of flowers design popular in the late 1700’s. Pickens was the sister of US Senator John Ewing Calhoun, Sr., aunt of Vice-President John C. Calhoun and wife of Revolutionary War General Andrew Pickens.

General and Mrs. Pickens had a dozen children, including a lieutenant governor and governor; six daughters who married into prominent families; and three children who died young. Their home, Hopewell Plantation, was built about 1785, and is representative of a rural house, common in the late 18th and early 19th century in the South Carolina backcountry. Beginning as a small log structure, it was substantially enlarged by General Pickens and was his plantation home for about 20 years.

The home’s historic significance rests on the national stature of General Pickens who is remembered for his significant contributions as a Revolutionary War General and later as a Native-American negotiator. His decades of negotiations with the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Chickamauga Nations were monumental in peaceful treaties and cohabitation with Native Americans.  Hopewell is where General Pickens negotiated the Treaties of Hopewell with the Cherokees in 1785 and the Choctaws and Chickasaws in 1786.  These treaties still today provide civil liberties to First Peoples.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Anderson, SC

July 30, 2015


Concord Elementary, located at 2701 Calrossie Road in Anderson, SC, is the 152nd location to join the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Concord Elementary is an International Baccalaureate School meaning students are taught to be responsible global citizens in an ever-changing world. Kay King, art teacher, stated that “’Lighthouse to the World’ pattern showing children from different cultures holding hands around the world was a wonderful fit for our school.”

Students working on quilt


“Lighthouse to the World” was designed by Mike Lucas from the McDowell Quilt Trail in North Carolina and this quilt panel is located on Eastfield Elementary School in Marion. NC. Lucas states “I have been with the quilt trail since we started in 2006, now approaching block #200. I have done all the design work for all the blocks, including this one that is non-traditional. Also I have constructed, painted (with occasional help), and installed (with considerable help) all the blocks”. Lucas worked closely with sponsors to create a quilt pattern that represents their mission.  “Each of the four corners of the block have a yellow and old structure representing a lighthouse with white rays of light radiating from the center on each side.  Boys and girls of all cultures and skin pigments are united hand to hand dressed in bright clothing on a background of black. Their feet are all based around the world in the center of the block, the globe representing land, sea and white clouds in a blue sky.” Additional information about the McDowell Trail can be found at (

Art Beat in Action Day is an annual event at Concord Elementary encouraging learning through art and is sponsored by Wanda Griffin Elrod’s family in her memory. Elrod was a former student and parent of four students who attended Concord, Jenna, Betsy, Allie, and Rebecca Elrod. Her father and mother started the donation, and after her mother’s death, her dad, Gene Griffin, and his wife, Beth continues the legacy. The 2015 event was held on Thursday, March 26.

Campbell and Kay King teachers at Concord Elementary collaborated with the entire staff to create a plan for a day of “art in action.” they had various artists and volunteers from the area assisting students and teachers in creating collaborative art pieces and artifacts that would enhance the school and be permanently displayed for all the school community to enjoy. Third grade students worked with members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail to paint an outdoor display and create a fabric wall hanging of “Lighthouse to the World”. King stated “This was a perfect fit to tie in to the third grade standards on South Carolina Heritage.”

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in SC Adds New Quilt Blocks in Long Creek, SC, and Pickens, SC

April 13, 2015


The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, adds new quilt blocks to its expanding Quilt Trail in Long Creek, SC, and Pickens, SC.

Faith n Grace, LLC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.  The Open Air Farm Market is located on Route 76 in Long Creek, SC.  Partners Joan Facey and Dick Cawood named their company Faith n Grace because she is Faithful and he is Gracious.  Cawood is originally from York, England and his grandfather was the head gardener for the Duke of Norfolk.  It is believed that he inherited his love of the land from his grandfather.  Facey has a strong Scottish background, a deep love of the land, including natural organic products, going as far back as her childhood days in rural New Jersey.


The quilt block includes four different patterns – Apple Tree gleaned from Maggie Malone’s ‘5,500 Quilt Block Designs’; Scottish Cross, Link of Friendship, and Virginia Star from the ‘Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns’ by Jinny Beyer.

The original quilt, called “Friendship Orchard” was created by Virginia Cawood to signify the main elements of the Cawood-Facey partnership. The Scottish Cross was used to acknowledge the Scottish ties of both families, while the Friendship Knot and Apple Tree symbolize the friendship and apples grown. The Virginia Star is for the quilter.

Dick and Virginia (Gini) spent more than 20 years living in Africa, where Gini joined a craft group and first started to quilt. She had sewn many items of clothing while growing up in Pennsylvania and liked the tradition of creating baby quilts. Gini has, over the years, participated in many crafts but when she moved to the Clayton, GA, area she found the camaraderie of the quilting community there was what she needed to happily settle just over the South Carolina border. Gini has belonged to the Mountain Laurel Quilters Guild, Clarkesville, GA, since 2007, and served as an officer or chairperson for 6 years.  She has learned many skills and made many friends as a member of the guild’s smaller sub-groups.  Her philosophy for participation in the quilting world is many faceted. The friendship and support of other members combined with the valuable education gained from those friends, is her main reason for quilting. She likes to approach each quilt as if it were a puzzle – satisfying her creative side and keeping the brain cells bouncing!  The quilt was quilted by Sissy Anderson, a local quilter, teacher and friend.

Faith n Grace purchased the Crooked Oak Orchard that was first established in 1960.  They have spent the last six years rejuvenating it and are proud to say that it is again beautiful and producing apples.  Crooked Oak is a strange name for a property that had up to 4,000 apple trees, but only one oak!  The Cawood family has a farm almost across the street from the orchard with horses, the neighbor’s cattle and a Leyland Cyprus nursery.  The children and grandchildren play and swim in the rivers nearby, ride dirt bikes and target practice on the farm they all refer to as their ‘Happy Place.’

The Open Air Market opened in 2014 to sell apples from Crooked Oak and canned goods from Chattooga Belle Farm.  The Cawood and Facey families have ancestral ties to Scotland.  Among other things, Dick Cawood has been building picture frames for more than 30 years both as a hobby and as a living.  His wife, Virginia (Gini), is a member of the Mountain Laurel Quilters Guild, serving as both an officer and chairman for the last 7 years. The Cawoods also have a private barn quilt on one of their barns created by Dick for his wife as a Christmas present in 2012.

The Gatehouse Restaurant, located on Ann Street in Pickens, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.  The quilt block, called Pickens Where the Mountains Begin, was designed and quilted by Elizabeth (Betty) Dalton of Pickens.


“I collaborated with my good friend and sister quilter, Angeline Byers, to come up with a design.  She found a similar block on the Internet which I edited somewhat.  It is a stylized mountain landscape.  The blue pieces represent the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Of course the orange circle represents the sun; and the triangle represents Glassy Mountain.  At the bottom of the triangle are darker colors representing the homes and farms found there.”

Betty Dalton taught 7th grade mathematics at Pickens Middle School for 50 years.  She had been a lifelong seamstress, having learned to sew in 4H.

“In those days we had to make hidden plackets rather than use expensive buttons.  We learned to make them, though, thanks to Matilda Bell of McCormick, SC, who was the Home Demo agent.  I also learned by making clothes for my Shirley Temple doll.  Then I was invited to join the Upcountry Quilters Guild in Pickens and was given a year’s membership as a birthday present.  I was always a soft touch for fabric and I especially like bright colors.

My first quilt was a ‘ying yang’ pattern for my husband.  Then I made a Mariner’s Compass, which I was asked to exhibit in Paducah, KY, at the quilt museum.  I published pictures of quilts in the Quilters Newsletter and became so addicted to quilting classes that I guess I’ve made about 27 quilts in the last 8 years.  Nearly all of them have won ribbons.”

The Gatehouse Restaurant is owned by Dean Holder and his son Jeff Holder, both natives of Pickens.  Dean was with the Pickens County School District for 33 years as a teacher, coach and principal, retiring in 2002.  He and Jeff have been in residential construction and in real estate and had an eye on the Gatehouse property for some time.  The building had been empty for several years and they bought it to renovate to sell or lease as a restaurant.  Without being able to work out a sale or lease they decided to open it without any experience.  They are now in the fourth year of serving food. The Gatehouse is open Tuesday thru Sunday for lunch and dinner with plans to expand to Monday service in the near future.  Dean is married to Ruth and they have five children and thirteen grandchildren.  Jeff is married to Liza and they have two sons– Jonathan and Jacob.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Pendleton, SC

March 31, 2015


The Mercantile, a family business housed in a historic building in downtown Pendleton, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Connie Earl opened The Mercantile at 149 East Queen Street in 1988. The Mercantile was Earl’s dream. She and her husband were in the area while he was on sabbatical and she fell in love with Pendleton upon her first visit. After they returned home (Alfred, NY), she had a dream one night that she had opened a gift shop in Pendleton. When her husband retired, they moved to Pendleton and worked to make her dream a reality. The Mercantile is a gift store with something for most everyone, including old-fashioned candy, candles, toys and creative supplies and classes.


Spearheaded by Earl’s daughters, the family decided to sponsor the quilt in her memory. Earl loved pink dogwood, so the family chose to have the flowers featured on a dimensional curved piecing technique developed by Annette Ornelas of Southwind Designs. One of Earl’s daughters, Susan Earl Congdon, who resides in Aiken, SC, completed the cloth quilt in 2014.

Congdon has fond childhood memories of learning to sew in the 4H Club, which led to her learning more sewing techniques through magazines, local classes, state retreats, and quilt shows. After choosing the pink dogwood design, she found a pink ribbon batik that features the words “Hope” and “Love.” According to Congdon, this fabric is in two of the three blossoms as a fitting memorial to a mother “who shared with us her hope and love.

Her daughters recall that their mother was supportive of all 6 of her children (4 girls & 2 boys) in their endeavors. This meant sometimes attending sporting events or band/choral concerts, helping them make their own Valentines cards and Easter baskets and much, much more. As a member of the community, she was also very supportive. She was warm and welcoming, greeted everyone with a smile and treated customers that entered the store as if they were guests in her home. She was very active in her breast cancer support group (1 in 8 in Anderson) and often people came to her to share about their journey. Even when in Hospice, she reached out to someone else who was battling cancer and sent them a message that she was praying for them.

The Mercantile web site is ( and they are also on facebook.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Adds New Quilt Block at Spearman Home in Westminster, SC

February 16, 2015


The home of Claudia Spearman, located at 200 Augusta St. in Westminster, SC, is the 144th quilt block added to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block, called “Josephine’s Knot”, hangs next to her front door. Mrs. Spearman made the original cloth quilt while recuperating from gallbladder surgery. It is in honor of her father’s mother, Josephine Jones Spearman, who died when Claudia’s father, Jim Spearman, was a little boy. And it was her mother, Mildred Spearman who worked with the UHQT volunteers in painting the quilt block for the Trail.


“Josephine’s Knot” was designed by Debbie Maddy. She is a designer, teacher and founder of Calico Carriage Quilt Designs.  “I love fabric, sewing—and quilters! I design patterns for quilts that are visually stunning but easy to make. Since 1993, Our Philosophy is Simple at Calico Carriage, we believe quilting should be easy and fun! Our patterns and books are written and illustrated in an easy-to-follow style, so you can just read and sew, and love the quilts you make!.”

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Magic Needle and Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild Offers One Stop Shop Hop in Lancaster, SC – Feb. 28, 2015

January 8, 2015

The One Stop Shop Hop is an event geared towards quilters, knitters and needle arts sponsored by the Magic Needle and Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild.

This is the 9th year for our event. It will be held at USC-L in the Bradley Building on Feb. 28, 2015, from 9am – 4pm. Admission is $3 and parking is free.

We usually have about 20 vendors from NC, SC and GA.

For further information contact Donna Sawyer by e-mail at ( call 803/273-3834 or 803/288-0177.

Westminster, SC, Adds Quilt Block to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

January 6, 2015


The 1921 Sears Roebuck craftsman style cottage owned by Mildred and Jim Spearman located at 101 Augusta Street was added to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.  The original quilt was made by Mildred Spearman in the late 1970’s in Westminster, SC.


She calls it a Crazy Quilt, a style made popular following the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition Centennial. Inspired by the Japanese Pavilion’s crazed ceramics and asymmetrical art, American ladies quickly adapted the shapes into their sewing by designing quilt patterns using lavish, velvet, brocade and silk fabrics embellished with fancy embroidery stitches. Ladies magazines made this style quite the Victorian rage, lasting until about 1910.

Her husband had many colorful wide neck silk ties. The style changed in the 70’s to a more narrow tie, so just as her grandmother, Questria Claudia Purvis Bane of Mullins, SC, had done many years before, Mildred reused the fabric to make a quilt piece to be used as a top for a round box in which Jim kept small personal items.  After adding the needle work, however, she found it was too small to cover the top of the box; so she placed it in an embroidery hoop and used it as a piece of art work.

The connection reaches even further, in that Jim, a Westminster native, played as a child under his grandmother’s quilting frame.  She was Sarah Judson Buchanan Jones of Westminster.  This quilt block was sponsored by the Spearmans and is in honor of both their maternal grandmothers.

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The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Adds Nine Patch Quilt Block in Anderson, SC

December 31, 2014


The log home of Patricia and Randy Travis located at 301 Lazy Street, Anderson, SC, has been added to the quilt trail by the addition of a Nine Patch quilt family heirloom.


The Nine Patch quilt block is one of several kinds of patchwork quilts. Some of the earliest blocks consisted of blocks made up of 4 squares of fabric sewn together (4 Patch), or 9 squares of fabric sewn together (9 Patch) in many variations. These early patchwork designs allowed thrifty quilters to use very small scraps of fabric.

Annie Mae Hawkins Brewer is the cloth quilt maker and the great aunt of Patricia Travis. She was a significant part of Patricia’s early childhood years. Annie Mae was born in 1892 and was living in Starr, SC, when she died in 1971. According to Patricia, Annie Mae’s mother taught her to sew and make quilts. She would visit Patricia’s grandmother often on Issaqueena Trail in Clemson, SC, often staying for weeks at a time. Annie Mae’s sister, Emily Smith, made cotton shirtwaist dresses for Annie Mae, that included a pocket over the left breast to hold her hearing aid battery. Great Aunt Mae pieced the quilt out of some of the fabric scraps from those dresses, as well as old feed sacks she had saved. She eventually gave the pieced quilt top to Patricia’s mother, Evelyn Nelms, who then asked Patricia to find someone to finish it. Patricia and her husband were living in West Virginia at the time and found a woman who lived near Charleston, WV, to finish it for her.  Patricia inherited the cloth quilt in 1998 after her mother died. It now hangs in their log home. Each family member (her three daughters, sons-in-laws, grandchildren, and Patricia’s 81 year old Aunt Barbara McLees (her mother’s only living sibling) chose their favorite blocks in the cloth quilt to be painted.

While browsing in an antique shop in Pendleton, SC, Patricia found this quote: “Families are like quilts, lives pieced together, stitched with smiles and tears, colored with memories, and bound by love.”

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The Never Ending Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Just Keeps on Growing

September 15, 2014


Historic Bristol Family Quilt #135 Added in Tamassee


Jeannie Simms Dobson of Tamassee, SC, sponsored a historic family quilt block to be mounted on The Kitchen Table Restaurant, Highway 11 in Tamassee. The quilt, called the Bristol Family Quilt, was created in 1882 in Chicago, IL, by three sisters, Aurelia Bristol Sibley (52), Carrie Bristol and Laura Bristol Martin, and Aurelia’s daughter, Jennie Sibley (23). This Jennie Sibley was Mrs. Dobson’s great grandmother and was the creator of the quilt concept and design.

After the tragic circumstances of the War Between the States, Jennie’s parents, Aurelia and James Sibley, took in the younger sisters. Carrie Bristol’s fiancée was one of 17,000 Union soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Her loss pales in comparison with her sister, Laura, whose husband was killed fighting with the Illinois Third Rifles under the leadership of General Burnside at Fredericksburg in 1862. Then, in the winter of 1864, influenza claimed the lives of Laura’s four children.

As Mrs. Dobson’s mother, Jane Chitwood Simms, explained, her grandmother Jennie always lamented the tragic events her aunts suffered. In the early 1880’s, Jennie conceived of the quilt project to give her aging aunts a sense of fulfillment. “Aunt Carrie and Aunt Laura do not have children as their legacy, so I will help them create the most glorious quilt ever. Generations from now, they will not be remembered as childless, spinster sisters. They will be remembered for creating a breathtaking work of art!”

Crazy quilts were a big fad at the time. While Carrie Bristol collected fabric remnants and swatches of defunct party gowns, piecing them together into landscapes of tone and texture, Laura earned quite a reputation for her skill in embroidery. Women from all over Chicago would bring her quilt squares to be embellished with colorful motifs.  Jennie envisioned a quilt that would showcase her aunts’ special talents.

She appealed to the family’s only wealthy relative, “Aunt Jane the Pig Lady” for help.  Aunt Jane looked like a pig – her most prominent features were her large dark nostrils which gaped underneath her snooty up turned  nose. Saying Aunt Jane acted like a pig is a grievous insult to swine worldwide. After the war, she married a succession of five disabled Illinois veterans, each one more mangled, disfigured and richer than his predecessor. From these dearly departed, she managed to collect death benefits and inherit prosperous Illinois pig farms.

Aunt Jane possessed trunks full of satin and silk party gowns. Her one charitable act was to bequeath a chest full of delectable scraps to her less fortunate relations. For three years, the women used every spare moment to work on the quilt.

As Mrs. Dobson told us, “The Bristol Family Quilt is amazingly well preserved, having spent the entire 20th century wrapped in tissue paper and stored high atop a closet. When I was twelve, I begged my mother to let me sleep under the cherished heirloom just one night. I inherited the quilt in 1996 and vowed to protect it. I keep it loosely folded in a bookcase where I can see it every day. For special occasions, I drape it over the back of the sofa so friends and family can appreciate its radiance and rejoice in the legacy left to us by the Bristol sisters and my great grandmother Jennie.

This quilt was registered with the McKissick Museum for the South Carolina State Museum’s Quilt History Project.  Between 1983 and 1986, historic quilts were photographed and indexed so that future generations could study the work-WOMAN-ship and the stories behind the quilts.

Starr-Iva Middle School Joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail # 136 in Starr, SC


The Lone Star quilt block is one of the most recognizable quilt patterns for Americans. It is also one of the oldest patterns, along with the Mariner’s Compass, Orange Peel, Job’s Trouble, and Irish Chain. This is a pattern known by many names dating back to the 19th century such as Mathematical Star, Star of Bethlehem, Star of the East, and Morning Star. 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.

Sarah Jordan, art teacher at Starr Iva Middle School, located at 1034 Rainey Road, Starr, SC, has sponsored this wonderful quilt block for the trail. The painted quilt block was done by her 6th, 7th, and 8th grade APPLE (gifted and talented) art classes.

The original cloth quilt was made by Clara Wiley from Trumann, Arkansas and was the grandmother of Carolyn Sanders. Mrs. Sanders teaches 7th grade ELA at SIMS. It was made in 1974 as a wedding gift. Most of the material used was from old clothing or leftover material from other sewing projects. Her grandmother believed in recycling before it was cool. A local quilter from the Starr-Iva area, Dale Brown is an active community member and has offered to make a replica of the original quilt to be hung in the entrance of the middle school.

Starr-Iva Middle School has a long history in the area and has been constructed in several stages from 1955-92. This 21.4 acre site presents an attractive campus enhanced with flowering trees and a courtyard or outside classroom.  The school began its long tenure in 1955 as the New Deal School, a new facility for the Black population; the school and its name, “came from the Federal Agencies created by President Roosevelt.” A prominent black educator, Mrs. Connie M. Lee Lindsay, was an influential person who first started at the New Deal School. The school housed grades first through twelfth. The first graduating class of New Deal consisted of ten students. The first grade consisted of three classes with a total of seventy-six students.

After the implementation of integration, New Deal was converted to a junior high school and trustees voted to rename it. The junior high, which consisted of grades seven through nine, began its new mission in education as Starr-Iva Junior High in the 1970-71 school year.

With the beginning of the 1973-74 school year, another change in grade structure and name was in place. Starr-Iva Junior High was renamed Starr-Iva Middle School and housed grades six through eight. Although Starr-Iva Middle School has continued to serve the community for forty years, it has struggled and triumphed with many challenges and changes, including those made in the state educational strategies and in its physical site.

The 1955 main section of the building contains twenty-three classrooms, the cafeteria, the gymnasium, six student restrooms, and a teacher workroom/lounge. The 1980 addition has six new classrooms and a small storage room.  The A.P.P.L.E. (spell this out) program started in the mid-1980s by a Mr. Pennington, Superintendent. A new Library was added in 1982. In 1985, the school received its first computer. In 1992, a small portion of the original building was renovated and a special-purpose wing was added.  This included the main administrative offices, a conference room, health room, guidance offices, and three classrooms.  Currently, this is our computer lab wing and special education department. Also included are two student restrooms and one faculty restroom. One area of this wing is on a steep slope to allow for a large multi-purpose room on the bottom floor.  Another wing was added in 2002 that includes three regular classrooms, a band room, a related arts room, an art room, computer lab, and science lab. In the 1970s, enrollment went from about 450 students to 500.  Now, the enrollment is about 600 students.

Orchard Park Elementary School joins Quilt Trail #138 in Westminster, SC


Orchard Park Elementary School in Westminster, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt pattern, called Orchard of Learning, was painted by the 2nd grade class of the 2013-14 school year under the guidance of the art teacher, Jennifer Hindman. The quilt is representative of the stages of learning students go through in a school year – from vessels ready to be filled like the winter tree, to blossoming and growing in their learning until they reach the stage of full fruit. The pattern for the tree itself came from “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks”, Volume 7, Apple Tree block #660, by Jane Dudley. The pattern for the four seasonal trees was published in “Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks”, Spring 2014.

The UHQT stipulates when a quilt block is added to the driving trail, it must actually exist in cloth and thread form.  No such quilt existed in the area, so local quilter, Pat Huggins, a retired Orchard Park teacher, volunteered to make the actual cloth quilt.

Pat grew up in Edgefield, SC, among a family of seamstresses. Her grandmother worked as a seamstress at J.B. White Department Store in Augusta, GA; her mother made a lot of her clothes growing up and Pat was active in 4H and sewed throughout junior high school, high school, college and beyond. Her marriage to Gil Huggins created an interlude in her sewing life, but when he developed an interest in and took up the art of quilting, she experienced a rebirth of her sewing interests. They both became active in the Lake and Mountain Quilt Guild in 2008 and soon found themselves living in what looked like a quilt shop.  Both have won ribbons on individual and joint projects. Together, they have produced over 30 quilts of all sizes and styles for personal use and as gifts for family and friends.

Hagood-Mauldin House, in Pickens Added to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail #140


The Carpenter’s Wheel quilt block has been placed on the grounds of the historic Hagood-Mauldin House, located at 104 Lewis Street, in Pickens, SC, managed by The Pickens County Historical Society. The Carpenter’s Wheel was a pattern used in the Underground Railroad to guide slaves to freedom. It also represents the fine carpentry that went into the building of the house in 1850 in Old Pickens on the banks of the Keowee River. When the town of Pickens was moved as part of the separation of Pickens and Oconee Counties, the building was dismantled, moved and reconstructed 14 miles to the east.

The Carpenter’s Wheel was known as a secondary code pattern as told by Ozella Williams to Jacqueline Tobin, author of “Hidden in Plain View” about the Underground Railroad. To a slave, the master carpenter in their lives was Jesus. As they worked in the fields, they sang this well-known spiritual about a chariot that was to carry them home…
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home.
If you get a dere befo I do,
Tell all my friends I’m comin’ too.

Plantation owners thought they were singing about joining Jesus in Heaven, but the song held secret messages.  Future run-aways recognized this as a directive to plan their escape and to follow the Carpenter’s Wheel to the west-northwest. The setting sun behind the Appalachian Mountains leading them to the west toward Ohio and freedom must have been a beautiful sight!

The last member of the Hagood family to live in the house was Frances Hagood Mauldin, “Miss Queen,” for whom the house is named. She organized the Fort Prince George Chapter of the DAR in 1920 and was the first regent. She also served as the state regent and Vice President of the National Society. Her father, Colonel James Earle Hagood, served as supply officer for Pickens District during the Civil War and as Clerk of Court in Pickens County. He also served as a Federal Court Judge. Miss Queen and her husband, Judge Thomas Joab Mauldin, entertained visitors frequently. The home is open to the public the third Saturday of each month, April – October.

Mrs. Una Welborn is the original quilter of this and has made several such Underground Railroad quilts, since joining the UpCountry Quilter’s Guild in 1992. She especially loves to hand quilt and traditional designs.  Retired from South Carolina Bank, Wachovia and finally Wells Fargo, she’s married to Harold Welborn who is retired from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Their families have lived in Pickens County since 1780 and were among the earliest settlers in the area.

Kenneth Nabors, President of the Pickens County Historical Society designed the frame for the quilt square. The design includes sharp points that compliment the sharp points that are in the quilt pattern. The finial is carved from a section of a century old white oak tree that grew beside the Old Presbyterian Church near Lake Keowee

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