Author Archives: Mary Simpson

Remembering Scott Patterson

Suddenly on Friday August 30, 2013, as the result of an accident, Scott Gordon Patterson of R.R. 3 Newbury in his 53rd year.   Scott was a born farmer.  He became the next generation to care for the land and truly loved his farming life.  He devoted more than 30 years to trucking sweet corn, making many life-long friends “in the corn patch”.  He owned and operated a snowplow truck for the MTO for over 25 years, clearing the way for travellers on the 401.  He was a faithful elder at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Wardsville.  Scott visited many ballparks in Southwestern Ontario, through his own days of playing baseball and then watching his daughters.  He was passionate about all of his activities – but most of all he loved all his girls. His competitive nature, sense of humor and hard work ethic will remain in the hearts of his family, as they cherish his memory.  They were truly blessed to have him in their life.
Full obituary:
Also: McLean’s Magazine obituary column called “The End” featuring Scott on October 15, 2013
The Dogwood Barn Quilt is installed on Scott’s barn at 406 Longwoods Rd, Newbury, ON  Scott is the beloved husband of 28 years of Lenore (McColl).  Scott was a proud and loving father of his 5 daughters, Krista (Gary Simpson), Emily (Jeremy Featherstone), Hilary in Heaven, Megan (Justin Staels) and Kelly.   Scott is now the story behind the Dogwood Barn Quilt but for the original story see The Story:  “My name is Elizabeth Bedford.”

Quilt love + Tall Ships Hamilton (end of June 2013)

Just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the Quilt Exhibition! I wish I had had more time to spend reading up on each quilt and doing some quilting on the frame…but regardless, each time I popped my head in the tent I was completely blown away by it. It looked fantastic and you and your team brought a layer to the event that was unique and engrossing and told stories that were not otherwise told.

Thanks so much for your work on this, and please pass on my appreciation to all of the quilt artists, volunteers, and fellow staff that contributed to this project.

Many thanks!!


Jen Anisef
Art and Event Initiatives Coordinator
Tourism and Culture Division
Planning and Economic Development Department
City of Hamilton

Longwoods Barn Quilt and stories. Click on a block for details about each block

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Invitation to launch May 22, 2013 in Strathroy, ON

Strathroy:  All those who have had any involvement with barn quilts in the area are urged to attend the launch of the Ontario Barn Quilt Trails project at the new Tourism Middlesex office which is co-located with Amy’s Restaurant at 28537 Centre Road in Strathroy 10 a.m. on May 22nd.  Barn quilts have captured the imagination of rural Ontario and the purpose of a new Ontario-wide project  funded by Trillium is to support local efforts to tell their story through the arts.   Read the rest of this entry

New Project: Ontario-wide support by Ontario Trillium Foundation

Project Background and Objectives


The goal of the  Ontario Barn Quilt Trails project is to promote barn quilt trails throughout Ontario as a way to tell community stories.  There will be a conference in October to share best practices and tools for implementing community barn quilt projects. The project will provide seed funding to a few communities to demonstrate how a project is put together.


Barn quilts are already popping up across Ontario.  What is needed now is a powerful on-line map where (1) communities can register their barn quilts, (2) where appreciators can discover and read the stories that go with the barn quilts (and plan their trip to visit them), and (3) where businesses and organizations can help promote the barn quilt trails.


Barn quilts have proven to be powerful medium for communities to tell their stories.   Museum curators across the five counties of Elgin, Oxford, Norfolk, Middlesex, and Elgin established several trails in 2012. They discovered that barn quilts work at many levels: Read the rest of this entry