Category Archives: Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail

Launch of the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trails and quilts

September 29th launched the Native Women’s Trail of Tears quilt (31 blocks), Longwoods Quilt Honouring the Women of the War of 1812 (30 blocks) , the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail (30 blocks), the Trail of Tears (15 blocks – to be installed), and the South Caradoc Trail.

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Longwoods Launch – 120 attend

 

 

Diana Jedig, enthusiastic painter of barn quilts, Executive Director of Ontario Assn of Community Futures Development Corps, and emcee

 

Unveiling of the block “Tecumseh”

 

Barn quilt trail officially launched

by Marie Williams-Gagnon, Transcript & Free Press, Hayter-Walden Publications

It was a week of recognition and appreciation for the barn quilt trails which are spreading through the countryside, spurred locally by an initial project in Wardsville.

Over 100 people gathered at the Melbourne Agricultural Hall on Saturday morning, September 29 for the launch of the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail. Days earlier, the Native Women’s Trail of Tears Quilt had been unveiled.
M.C. Diana Jedig explained the basis of the barn quilt projects and introduced various council members in attendance from neighbouring municipalities.
The Native Women’s Trail of Tears quilt was unveiled, along with the Longwoods Quilt and an actual 8’ x 8’ barn quilt featuring an image of Tecumseh. South Caradoc has installed barn quilts along Muncey Rd. that relate to their settlement history, dating back to the 1830s.
Sheila Devost of Tourism Middlesex read a message from M.P. Bev Shipley before Tillsonburg mayor and SCOR chairman John Lessif spoke about their mandate of promoting tourism. He said that he is amazed at the visitors coming to tour the trails in his area and the number of volunteers coming together to make the vision a reality.
Jedig introduced the visionary of the project, Denise Corneil, who introduced barn quilts when she garnered support to create 30 blocks in time for Wardsville’s bi-centennial in 2010. 
Corneil expressed appreciation and listed the names of volunteers. She was thrilled that the 15 Chippewa blocks were all painted in one weekend. “At one time my car had 140 litres of primer paint in it and the paint moved down the road from Delaware and Thamesville. I’m very excited about the project and how it’s benefitted the community.”
Strathroy-Caradoc mayor Joanne Vanderheyden recognized the hosts of the barn quilts who are “caring for cultural folk art.”  With each barn quilt costing approximately $1,000, the sponsors were thanked, along with those who sponsored the original Wardsville trail, the researchers and designers.
A trio of Native singers and drummers shared two numbers before Devost welcomed the crowd to visit sites during Doors Open Middlesex, held that weekend. She announced that Tourism Middlesex has received $55,000 to commemorate the War of 1812. “There are bigger things still to come.”Marie Williams-Gagnon
Editor
Transcript & Free Press
Glencoe, Ontario
519-287-2615
marie@hayter-walden.com

Hathaway Custom Feed, Melbourne

Elizabeth Street in Melbourne Ontario is home to big things.    Giant soldiers created by Laura and Rob Hathaway to welcome Doors Open Middlesex visitors September 29, 30, 2012

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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.