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SC’s Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Adds Quilt Blocks in Pickens, SC, and Westminster, SC

January 7, 2016


The Historic Old Pickens Foundation has sponsored the 170th quilt panel to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block is called “Courthouse Steps” and is done using the log cabin quilt design. The painted panel was mounted on the informational kiosk close to the church. The church is located on the site of the town of Pickens, SC’s Courthouse and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This old church no longer serves a congregation, but the church and surrounding cemeteries are preserved and maintained by the board of directors of the Foundation. It is constructed of soft handmade brick formed on the banks of the Keowee River and then hauled up by wagons to construct the church.


The name of the original quilter is unknown. However, the design of the quilt represents the history of the town which was established in 1828. It seems to mirror the wildflowers, blue sky, lakes, rivers and streams of the Upstate. There is even a suggestion of a cross, recalling the Christian heritage of the Old Pickens Presbyterian Church.

After the Civil War, Pickens District was split into two counties. Pickens County and Oconee County became the new counties and the new county seats were in Walhalla and New Pickens. Homes and other buildings were moved by wagon and then re-built in the new towns The Historic Old Pickens Foundation welcomes visitors on Sunday afternoons during the summer, tour groups by arrangement and also presents events several times each year in the ongoing effort to promote the history of the old town and maintain both the church and surrounding cemeteries.

The town of Pickens Courthouse is no more – it was disbursed. The location of Historic Old Pickens is in Oconee County and is near the employee entrance to Duke Energy on the same side of SC highway 183 going toward Pickens.

History of Log Cabin quilt pattern by Karen Griska excerpt from Log Cabin Library Block.

“The Log Cabin quilt pattern is one of the most beloved and recognized of quilt designs. However, it may be both older and newer than you might think. While it’s natural to assume that this traditional block originated in the United States during the pioneer days, the origins of the block seem to go back much further in time and location. Similar designs have been found on ancient Egyptian mummies and in an English quilt predating 1830.”

“Log Cabin quilts first made a wide-spread appearance in the United States in the 1860s during the time of the Civil War. The block name may very well have had a connection to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The Log Cabin quilt became wildly popular and was identified with the pioneer spirit and values of America.”

“Early Log Cabin blocks were hand-pieced using strips of fabrics around a central square. In traditional Log Cabin blocks, one half is made of dark fabrics and the other half light. A red center symbolized the hearth of home, and a yellow center represented a welcoming light in the window. Anecdotal evidence, based on oral folklore, suggests that during the Civil War, a Log Cabin quilt with a black center hanging on a clothesline was meant to signal a stop for the Underground Railroad.”

“In the latter part of the nineteenth century many Log Cabin quilts were made by the foundation method with a muslin base. Wools, velvets, satins, and other nontraditional fabrics were used. Log Cabins of this period often had strips that were folded and laid down, creating a three-dimensional effect. For this reason, many late-nineteenth-century Log Cabins do not have batting, but are backed and tied like Crazy Quilts.”

“Variations of settings appeared with names reflecting the themes of the times. The White House Steps, Court House Steps, eight-sided Pineapple, Barn Raising, and Sunshine and Shadows are just some of the hundreds of name and pattern variations.”

The home of Sue and Douglas Hackett in Westminster, SC, is now boasting an addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The original quilt pattern, called “Quilted Tulip”, was pieced by Joy duBois, a well-known local quilter, and hand quilted by Mrs. Hackett.


Sue tells us, “Joy and I did a lot of quilting together 12 – 15 years ago. She would pick out a pattern from a magazine or quilting catalog and we would do two of them – one for her and one for me. She would use fabric from her stash. Joy has been quilting for years and was teaching me at the same time. We made many, many wall hangings and a few full sized quilts. What fun we have had!”

Sue is a devoted and faithful volunteer with the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. She is a talented artist as well as a quilter and has helped develop new techniques for reproducing quilt fabrics and patterns on the blocks that are mounted on public and private buildings.

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Walhalla High School Joins the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate SC

December 19, 2015


A Bridge to a New Beginning was created by Walhalla High School students to represent their new High School.  This was an interdisciplinary effort from several classes in the spring of 2014, Mrs. Cathy Plowden’s Geometry classes, Mrs. Suzanne Glenn’s art classes and Mrs. Harriett Templin’s Family and Consumer Sciences classes. Both the fabric wall hanging and painted quilt panel are displayed on the interior of the school. The school is happy for them to be viewed by the public, check in at reception desk for directions.


Mrs. Plowden told us, “The process for creating the design involved all 71 of my geometry students. They each created their own design and these designs were displayed in the hallway for the remainder of the year. Mrs. Glenn’s Advanced Placement art students chose the design they liked the best. They actually chose two that were combined for the final design. Along with their design, my students submitted an explanation of the geometry required in developing the design and how this design represented Walhalla High School. Once the design was chosen, the material selected was chosen by Mrs. Glenn and Mrs. Templin. Then, Mrs. Templin’s classes sewed the cloth quilt while Mrs. Glenn’s classes painted the design”.

The design is a series of overlapping beveled kite shapes formed into a star with the school seal in the center. The design includes the school colors and earth tones representing the surrounding mountains of the Upstate.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Recognizes Oldest Quilt

December 11, 2015


“The Starke 1834 Baby Quilt” is thought to be the oldest recognized on the trail. Sally Oliver (Mrs. Felix) Gravino of Mountain Rest, SC, has sponsored this quilt that was originally made by her Great-great-great grandmother Margaret Evans Larkin Rochelle Starke of the Camden area for her daughter Charlotte Jane Starke (Nelson), born in 1834. Charlotte Jane later transposed her names to Jane Charlotte.


This crib quilt is appliqued with chains of roses cut out from printed floral chintz fabric, a technique called “broderie perse.” These large floral prints were among the popular consumer goods imported from England in the early 1800s. In South Carolina, quilt makers continued to favor floral chintzes for their quilts for another 50 to 70 years. The original colors have faded, particularly in the border fabric.  The blue leaves around the roses were originally green. Early fabric printers used a two-step process for printing green, first applying blue, then overprinting with yellow. The background fabric is unbleached sheeting which has aged to a soft ecru color. The cotton batting used in the quilt likely came from the Starke plantation.  The quilt was handmade, using 12 stitches to the inch. Great-great-great-grandmother Starke demonstrated a familiarity with geometry, in drafting and stitching the “egg and dart” motifs quilted into one of the borders.

Sally told us, “Jane Charlotte used the quilt as a baby, then her daughter Margaret Maria Nelson (Bauskett) used it in 1866; then her daughter Jane Starke Bauskett (Trantham) used it in 1891; then her daughter (my mother) Priscilla Ann Trantham (Oliver) used it in 1924; then I used it in 1950 (Sara Louise Oliver [Gravino]); and then my daughter Sara Ellen Gravino (Velissarios) used it in 1975.

The quilt is in amazing condition considering its age and how much it has been used over the years. This quilt has functioned as a family heirloom through six generations (so far) of our South Carolina family.”

Sally is a faithful and devoted volunteer with the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Though not a quilter, she is an artist and has helped establish new techniques to recreate the fabrics and patterns seen in the trail quilt blocks. Her quilt block is located next to 302 Chattooga Lake Road, Mountain Rest, viewable from the road or the cul de sac. The original cloth quilt has been donated to the Camden Archives along with other Starke family letters and artifacts.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Recognizes Tommy Forrest

December 11, 2015


Tommy Forrest was honored with this painted quilt by the members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Anderson Production team in November 2015. The quilt hangs in his quilting room at home in Anderson, SC.

Forrest is the one of the most loved and respected members of our Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild here in Anderson. He started quilting at age 68 with encouragement from his sister, Linda Hempel, following his wife’s death. His first quilt was “Winning Hand” which won a ribbon in a local area quilt show. He and his sister have made dozens and dozens of quilts and pillow cases for local charities and nursing homes since 2012.

Tommy Forrest, chairperson of Anderson area Quilts of Valor (QOV) program and Diane Schonauer , UHQT Anderson production leader presenting painted quilt panel in appreciation for Tommy’s dedication to veterans.

He is the chairperson of our area Quilts of Valor program.  A veteran himself, he feels strongly about his fellow soldiers. The QOV program has become a calling for him especially after being wrapped himself on October 23, 2013. Since then he has made 40 quilts for the program himself and his group has wrapped over 100 veterans here in Anderson County alone.

The original was group project coordinated by Diane Schonauer. She shared that “this quilt pattern was found by my friend, Diane Kunzer, when we lived in Illinois. She put together a group of 10 women to do a Half-quarter square block exchange. Each participant utilized quarter square triangle paper and created 5 full sheets of red fabrics and 4 full sheets of cream/beige fabrics. Once sewn, these sheets were cut apart into Half-quarter squares, and divided by 10. Each person received their pieces and worked to complete the “stripes”. None of us repeated a fabric. Consequently, there are over 180 different fabrics used in the stripes.

“Each participant chose their own design for the star shield portion of the quilt. I selected the Ohio Star that was featured on the quarter square triangle paper package and made half square triangles in cream and blue which finish at 1,” said Kunzer.

“It was challenging to get all the points to match. I put this project away for a few years, moved to SC, and finally finished it in 2004. Nine of the participants are pictured on the quilt label. This piece hangs in my upper hallway where it greets me first thing each day.  It is a reminder of the great country we are fortunate to live in”.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds Three More Quilt Blocks to Trail

November 30, 2015


The home of Cindy Blair in Central, SC, has added it’s forth quilt block to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The name of the pattern is Irish Chain, a much loved pattern, with several variations. The most common are the Single Irish Chain and the Double Irish Chain. Current documentation on Irish Chain indicates that it was developed in America in the early 1800s. Quilt historian Barbara Brackman, states that 1814 is the earliest known date for this pattern. She goes on to say, “Dated examples appear consistently across the decades, indicating the design’s popularity throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”


The quilt will be mounted on the upper doors of the workshop/studio of Ben Wingert, currently the garage under transformation at the Blair-Wingert residence. Ben Wingert’s grandmother, Elizabeth Miller, of Chambersburg, PA is the quilter. She is 93 years old now and still resides on the family farm in a “doty house.” An Amish tradition, the doty house is designed for the care of older relatives who need medical attention or can no longer live independently.

This Double Irish Chain quilt would have been made by a group of Mennonite women for Elizabeth’s daughter (Ben’s mom), Rhoda Miller Wingert, for her dowry. Five to ten women would gather together at the home to complete a quilt of this size. Several quilts were made for each daughter or grand-daughter and added to their “hope chest.” This tradition continues in the Mennonite Community of the Old Order River Brethren today.

Local quilter and teacher, Dixie Haywood tells us the pattern consists of alternate nine-patches and plain blocks and was apparently first published by the Mountain Mist Co., which sold quilt batting and for over 50 years, including patterns in rolls of batting, in addition to selling patterns separately (since the batting patterns were ‘pot luck’).  They started publishing patterns in 1920, but Irish Chain probably predates that, since it is such a simple design.

Cindy Blair is a dedicated volunteer with the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.  In fact, she brought the idea of creating a quilt trail in the Upstate to a group of others after a driving trip up to the Ohio area. She saw quilt blocks that had been painted on barns and thought the idea a good one to honor the history and cultural traditions of the area and to expand tourism in the Upstate.

The “Appalachian Honor” barn quilt hangs at Holly Springs Country Store located at the intersection of Highways 11 & 178 in upper Pickens County, SC. It serves as a reminder to all those who view it that, “all gave some, but some gave all.”


The fabric quilt, quilted by Paula Rivers with the assistance and expertise of Lucy Harward, is done in the log cabin pattern. Paula wanted to make a quilt that would honor the veterans of this area, as well as their families. She found a picture of a quilt she liked but could not find a pattern for it. Lucy said “no problem” and with her years of quilting experience, quickly turned out a pattern for their quilt and they began the sewing and quilting.

War has touched the lives of almost everyone through the years. The community of Holly Springs, although small in number, is no exception. Ralph Chastain, who owned and operated the Holly Springs Store from the 1940’s to the late 1970’s, was a veteran of World War II. When he returned home from the war he found the little clapboard store closed. At that time it sat beside Highway 178 across from Holly Springs Baptist Church. He quickly set about reopening it to serve the local population.

It was not that many years later that another call to service was sent and several of Holly Spring’s finest boys were drafted into the Vietnam conflict. Some never returned. Woody Chastain and Buddy Gilstrap are two who lost their lives at a very young age. Hub Smith, a local native, remembers the day a military officer came into Holly Springs store to ask directions to the Chastain home. He had come to deliver the devastating news no parent ever wants to hear. There are others who are still frequent customers at the store who survived war, including Frank Sobin, a veteran of three foreign wars. They all served their country honorably during various conflicts.

Major Bill Rivers bought Holly Springs Country Store in the early 1980’s. He was just retired from 22 years in the United States Air Force as a navigator on B-52’s. During his career, he flew more than 175 missions over Vietnam.

This barn quilt is also dedicated to the “unsung heroes” of war. Our unsung heroes include those family members left here while their loved ones were away in service. Mothers and fathers who spent sleepless nights worrying and praying for their sons and daughters, sometimes only to have their worst fear realized. Paula’s father, Verdell Aiken, was drafted into WWII along with his three brothers. She said “I can’t imagine the anxiety my grandmother endured having all her sons in a war zone at the same time. Then there are the wives of servicemen who for months or years at a time essentially raised their children alone.

Of course, we cannot forget the children who grew up during some of the most critical years of their lives without a father figure in the household while anxiously wondering if daddy would ever come home. Cameron Rivers, son of Bill Rivers, and Paula’s husband, who is the current owner of Holly Springs Country Store, was one of those children. He said, “When dad was away on missions, I remember being at elementary school on Base and seeing the CNO (Casualty Notification Officer) coming down the hall. I would keep my head down and try to be invisible, terrified it might be me who was getting the bad news this time.”

This quilt of valor celebrates a long line of veterans that have both directly and indirectly impacted the lives of the people in this little Appalachian community called Holly Springs. Some have been long time residents while others have moved here more recently.  According to statistics, Pickens County, South Carolina has more Medal of Honor recipients per capita than any other county in the United States of America. Thus, the name “Appalachian Honor”.

The Lewis-McDaniel Home, owned by Edward Preston McDaniel, Jr. and his wife Betty Willis McDaniel, is joining the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt pattern Cathedral Window, is called Highland Farm and tells the story of their families. The cloth quilt was originally made by Betty’s paternal grandmother, Esther Gray Willis (David) and her sister, Matilda Gray Dryman (Fred).  They worked for two years on the quilt while in their 70’s.


“Aunt Tilly lived in Charlotte, NC, and Grandmother lived in Raleigh, NC, 150 miles apart, and they would drive back and forth to have their own quilting bee. I was in high school at the time and Grandmother Willis lived next door.  She showed me how to make the cathedral quilt ‘squares’ and told me that one day the quilt would be mine. It’s on our bed right now.”

The Lewis-McDaniel Home was deeded to Henry Jacob Lewis sometime before 1871. The original house was probably built in the 1840’s by the Lewises and was made up of a 20 x 20 foot 2 story log house. Around the time Henry J moved in, another 2 story 18 x 24 foot ‘wing’ was added with a front porch. The Lewises and their descendants lived in the home until around 1950 when it was vacated. Ed and his brother Ken bought the house and land in 1968. Their paternal grandmother had been a Lewis. In 1979, Ed and Betty married and began renovating the old home. The earlier ‘wing’ had to be demolished because it was in such disrepair. However, some of the wood from the original house was used to make cabinets by Jack Parris. The section built in 1871 was left much the same with all of the original floors and walls made of heart of pine.

We know the early Lewises farmed the land because there was a barn and a cotton house still located on the property.  We conclude that they farmed cotton much of the time along with produce and had some livestock. Ed’s dad, E. Preston McDaniel, lived next door and was a dairy farmer with help from his four sons. He was also Clerk of Court from 1933 – 1972. Ed farmed the family land with his brothers growing tomatoes, pumpkins, corn, strawberries as well as raising livestock. His day job was as a rehabilitation counselor for the Commission for the Blind for over 20 years. Betty taught at Holly Springs Elementary for 31 years.

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The Pentons add to Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Walhalla, SC

September 15, 2015


The home of Vanessa and Danny Penton located at 302 South College Street in Walhalla, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The pattern of the quilt is called Grandmother’s Garden and was originally quilted by her Maternal Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Ellen Gunter and Hattie Butler of Birmingham, AL. It was made in the 1960s.


This is an old pattern and a familiar name for rosettes of hexagon patchwork, but the name is much newer than the pattern itself. The design first appeared as ‘hexagon’ or ‘honeycomb’ patchwork in the January 1835 issue of Godey’s Ladies Book, an influential fashion periodical. During the early 20th century, many quilt patterns were renamed to make them sound quaint and ‘colonial.’


Vanessa says, “My grandmother and her mother were both quilters and my grandmother was a wonderful seamstress. She made all my mother’s clothes as she was growing up including beautiful embroidered collars. My mother would tell me she was jealous of her friends’ store bought clothes and they were jealous of hers.”

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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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