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.
Crocodile Productions, Barbara Urbach and Gary VanOsch, created a unique barn quilt video for the Ontario Barn Quilt Trail. Their new home in Wardsville, “the old Community Hall”, is proving to be a great working space for this creative and ingenious couple.
Check out their website. They have other videos and do unique wedding videos. Thankyou Barb and Gary for moving to Wardsville and saving the old community hall and using it for what it was intended.
In October 2009, Wardsville’s quilt committee began designing a quilt to commemorate their community’s founders, Mr. and Mrs. George Ward. The initial idea came from Denise Corneil, an artistic community leader, who had caught sight of the rural folk art phenomenon called “barn quilts” sweeping the United States. She was impressed by the news that the Temiskaming International Plowing Match 2009 in northern Ontario had created a barn quilt trail featuring over 90 barn quilts.
Eleanor Blain and Sue Ellis (show in picture), experienced quilt makers, quickly came up with a scheme to create a quilt involving as many women as possible. It did not matter whether they were skilled needle workers. It was a communal project involving as many mothers and daughters as possible.
They wanted a story line for the quilt. Ken Willis, the local historian told them the story of George Ward. In 1810, Mr. Ward was requested by the British Government to establish a stopping point for travellers along a section of Longwoods Road between Thamesville and Delaware, in Upper Canada – the Western District. A retired soldier with a young family, Mr. Ward was asked to supply provisions and fresh horses for the military. Read the rest of this entry