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Launch of Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail, Sept 29

You are invited to a launch of the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail on Saturday, September 29th, 2012.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Melbourne Agricultural Hall, 21886 Melbourne Road, Melbourne, Ontario.  The Melbourne Agricultural Society’s butter tarts and sweets are a featured attraction as well as the two special fabric quilts which inspired the barn quilts.

The launch is part of Doors Open Middlesex, a two-day event that focuses on the historic Longwoods Road which passes through Southwest Middlesex,  Strathroy Caradoc, and Middlesex Centre.

The Middlesex Barn Quilt Steering Committee is hosting the launch and will will also promote and highlight barn quilt trails and collections popping up across Ontario, Canada, and the United States.  The Longwoods collection of barn quilts is part of a special project funded by the Sand Plains Community Development fund and many supporting sponsors, museums, and municipalities.

Also featured will be the launch of a history booklet, How the Milling Industry influenced Melbourne Ontario Canada,1793-2012.  Author and compiler, JoAnn Lucas Galbraith; research and relay, Marilyn Gough McCallum; setup and typist, Richard Gordon Hathaway.

We hope that all the planners, quilters, painters, organizers, sponsors, researchers, writers, promoters, and fans of the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail will attend.  Please help us spread this invitation and encourage your community members to attend.

Details about the project are at the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail web-site and barnquilts.ca  For more information, call Mary Simpson at 519 318 1074 or mary@creative-communities.ca

Plus:  Please plan to visit the Guthrie Presbyterian Church where several of Sheila Hexter’s quilts will be displayed during the afternoon of Sat. Sept. 29th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
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Maple Leaf

Hosted by the Johnston Farm, 15734 Longwoods Rd., Bothwell, Chatham-Kent, ON

Maple Leaf

A slit slashed in the tree allowed the sap to drip down a sliver of wood into a hand carved wooden container or a birch bark pail.   Sap was  gathered and assembled at the sugar camp where whole families maintained the fires.

The syrup was constantly stirred and poured at the proper moment into moulds. Continued stirring produced fine white granular sugar.  All this was a highly skilled, labour intensive process. Maple sugar was a  valuable trade item for the Chippewa. A sugar camp of 300 trees could produce 600 pounds of sugar a year.   Settlers  learned the  process from their neighbours.

The Moravian diaries report that March 14, 1813, amidst the chaos of war,  the sugar camps were in full production. The familiar springtime routine must have been  a comforting  experience in those troubling times.

By Frances Kilbourne, South Caradoc.  February 2012

Source: NATIVE TREES OF CANADA….R C Hosie

THE MORAVIANS IN UPPER CANADA;  THE FAIRFIELD DIARY 1792 – 1813.  Translated by Linda Sabathy-Judd

London Free Press Launch

London Free Press Launches the

 Ontario Southwest Barn Quilt Trail

 special insert.

Longwoods Road Quilts

Breaking News

Members of the Longwoods Road Quilt Team met July 21 at the Sew Creative quilting shop owned by Joan Hilhorst, Mt Brydges.

The enthusiastic group received a history lesson from Mr Glen Stott about the historical events that occurred on the Longwoods Road during the War of 1812. Two quilts will honour the local women of this region during this important time in Canadian history.

The block designs of the 2 quilts will be featured as barn quilts on heritage barns from Thamesville to Delaware along the Longwoods Road.

If you are interested in getting involved in these great projects please contact us.

Quilters are needed.

Denise Corneil  519-693-7002

Mary Simpson  519-287-3566

Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail Tourists

Mildred Kulich, Glencoe, stopped at the home of Denise Corneil’s Sunday July 10, 2011 in search of a map and details of the Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail. Millie stated “my cousins Jean Dimmel and Pat Powell, (Oregon, USA) are here on a vacation and insisted I take them on the Wardsville Barn Quilt Tour”. The ladies had great time seeking out all the blocks.

They stopped by Denise’s house to find a map to take home with them to Oregon. Wardsville’s Barn Quilt Trail attracted visitors from England and Holland earlier this year. The Middlesex Doors Open program, September 17 and 18, will highlight Wardsville Barn Quilts. Watch for upcoming details.

For a map go to www.wardsville.ca, click on barn quilts. Print the map.

Glencoe resident,Mildred Kulich, tours cousins Jean Dimmel & Pat Powell, Oregon USA on the Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail.