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Quilt Trail Grand Opening

Farmer's Fancy Quilt Square

The Monroe County Quilt Trail will have its grand opening on Saturday, April 30th in Union, West Virginia.  This tour features twenty-one quilt designs on barns and buildings around the county and has been a collaborative effort among many individuals and organizations in Monroe County and the state of West Virginia.    Local artists, quilters, school children, construction workers, and other interested individuals have contributed their time and talents to this project, as have local quilting guilds, the Arts Alliance, the Extension service and 4-H campers, and a group of dedicated individuals who took on the responsibility of overseeing the project.

Monroe County resident Fawn Valentine, author of West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers, was asked to select the first design.  She chose “Farmer’s Fancy” based on an actual quilt made by Mae Long, also a Monroe County resident.  Additional quilt blocks were chosen and sewed by the “Mountain Heritage Quilters Guild of Southern West Virginia.”   Those blocks were displayed at Farmer’s Day in 2010 and six favorites selected through a public vote.  Blocks based on the public design are:  Basket, Dresden Plate, Honey Bee, Maple Leaf, Paddle Wheel, Turkey Tracks and Union.   Soon additional blocks were requested by county residents.   Now residents and visitors alike can enjoy a drive around Monroe County with the added attraction of these lovely quilts designs along the way.   There are currently twenty-one to view, but that number is sure to grow.

So come ready to take a spring drive, and enjoy the redbud, dogwood and beautiful quilt designs!   The official ribbon cutting celebration will be taking place at 10:00 am at the corner of Rtes 219 and 3 in Union, WV on April Saturday, April 30th.  Information on the trail, door prizes and refreshments will be available at the celebration.

To see a map of the quilt trail and pictures of the quilts visit the website at www.monroewvquilttrail.com.

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