Cynthia Leggett brings us news of the first quilt block/square installed in a SC State Park, the latest entry to the Quilt Trail. Devils Fork State Park has joined the Quilt Trail with the addition of a quilt block originally designed by local quilter, Betsy Ward of Seneca, SC. The original quilt hanging, called “Rolling Landscape – Lake and Mountains,” was mounted on the Ranger Station and designed and made by Ward as part of a class taught by Carol Britt of Wytheville, VA, at an Appalachian Quilt Gathering at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. “In the class, we layered fabric and cut a soft curving line across the colors that we chose to be part of the picture. By adding a small sailboat button, I was able to gain the proportional perspective,” says Ward.
Devils Fork State Park is situated on the southern shores of Lake Jocassee, in Oconee County, SC. The South Carolina State Park Service manages Devils Fork as a traditional state park. It is located 5 miles north of Salem and can be reached by traveling scenic Hwy. 11 to Lake Jocassee Road or Boones Creek Road. Devils Fork contains 644 acres and provides the only boat access to Lake Jocassee. Facilities include two campgrounds with water and electrical hookups, 20 modern villas for those who prefer extra amenities for overnight accommodations, three picnic areas, two covered shelters and four boat launch areas with parking. Devils Fork also has several hiking trails through lush forests filled with wildflowers, including the Oconee Bell.
The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail is sponsored by the Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor grant program.
The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail started with one quilt square mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla. It quickly spread to over 30 quilt panels in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties mounted on barns, businesses, homes and public buildings. There are currently over 70 quilt squares located on the Trail.
In a related event, on Feb. 26, from 2-4pm, Martha File, Chairperson of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail will give a lecture about the Trail at the Historic Ballenger House, 212 East South Third St. in Seneca, SC. Also featured will be Suzi Parron, newly published author of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” Parron will sign copies of her book which will be available for purchase at the event.
For more information about the Trail, stories and pictures, visit (www.uhqt.org).