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Tecumseh Barn Quilt Block

Tecumseh Barn Quilt Block

This beautiful rendition of Tecumseh is one of the 30 images on the Trail of Tears Barn Quilt Trail  in Chippewa on the Thames First Nation.  Thanks to Glenda Cochran, Art & Soul Photography for her great work.

Follow this map to see this image and other First Nations Barn Quilt Art.

Barn Quilt Conference

Are you interested in

“Getting on the Barn Quilt Trail”

join us at the barn quilt trail

CONFERENCE October 22 & 23, 2013

Homeward Bound

-Learn how to make a barn quilt-

-Learn how to make a barn quilt trail-

Longwoods Quilt honours women of War of 1812

  Here it is:

What everyone has been waiting for. Through vision, creativity and hard work, the thirty block Longwoods Quilt is completed.  Click above on Stories to find the story that goes with each block.

What a project we have created to commemorate the War of 1812 women.

Thanks to Northcott Fabric and Joan Hillhorst at Sew Creative and all the Ladies of the  Quilt Team.  Call Joan at Sew Creative to enquire about borrowing the quilt and a speaker  for your community group. (519) 264-2177

Longwoods Road progress report

After spending the summer and fall designing a quilt, studying the history, and seeking out sponsors, the planning meetings have stopped and the project is in full swing!  Joan Hillhorst at Sew Creative is heading up the quilting team and has distributed block kits to be stitched by experienced quilters thoughout the area.  Freda Henry, Maxine Hendrick, and a second quilting team are designing another quilt focussing on First Nations themes and image.  
The research team has written a series of stories describing each block.  Dulox paint company has donated all the paint and Northcott has donated all the fabric for the two fabric quilts.  Several community groups have stepped up to paint the blocks: Delaware Lions Club, 2nd Bothwell Boy Scouts, Melbourne Agricultural Society, Glencoe District Lions Club, Tait’s Corners Community Centre.  Melbourne is getting things started this week.
The broader community have been talking about the barn quilts, so the owners of heritage barns are ready for the question when approached by the siting team.  “Would you like to host a barn quilt?”
South Caradoc has designed the blocks for their spur line down Muncey Road. Kudoes to Frances Kilbourne, whose historical knowledge is an inspiration.
Ailsa Craig, in the north end of Middlesex, also has a project.  Their highly successful Community Quilt Festival runs May 1-5, 2012 featuring “Quilts of Denmark”.

Maxine Hendrick’s Story Quilt

Story quilt celebrating 40 years of marriage

Fifty people attended a story telling session in Muncey at the Antler River complex tonight to share history and old traditions.  Maxine Hendrick chuckled about how she was initially puzzled by the idea of a quilt telling a story.  Then she realized that she owned one. She showed the crowd at the Antler River Seniors complex a beautiful story quilt that was lovingly stitched as a 40th wedding anniversary gift from her family.

Quilts are the medium for learning and sharing.  Women of  Chippewas of the Thames, Moravian of the Thames, Munsee-Delaware, and Oneida are exploring themes for a War of 1812 quilt.

What an amazing evening.  Thank  you to all the women who cooked, baked, served, told stories and shared their history and culture.

Mary Simpson