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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  For more information, call Mary Simpson at 519 318 1074 or

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.

Launch of the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail

September 29, 2012, 10 a.m. – 12 Noon



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

Alsia Craig is “gettin on the barn quilt trail”

Ron Harwood and Mary Simpson discuss barn quilt strategy

A enthusiastic group of community leaders met at the Alsia Craig community hall, Friday November 4,to find out about barn quilts. Mary Simpson and Denise Corneil from Creative-Communities did an education session on the “how to’s” of barn quilt painting and installs. These Alsia Craig citizens are looking to brighten up their beautiful community and what better way than doing a grass roots community project, like barn quilts?

Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival is May 1-5, 2012 and will feature the Quilts of Denmark. Barn Quilts are the perfect complement. It’s a true fit. Good luck everybody. Have fun with the project and thanks for “gettin on the barn quilt trail”.

Mary and Denise

How to paint a barn quilt. Workshop in Wardsville

Great Barn Quilt Workshop presented by Denise, Mary, Sheila, and Rachel.  The “who’s who” of barn quilt champions attended.  Trail leaders and barn owners from Essex, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, and Norfolk got to view construction up close.  Artist Rick Sommer gave the group a quick tour through Made on Earth Art Gallery.  Denise showed them some painting basics.  Tips were shared on organizing a community project.   Sheila and Rachel fed the group sandwiches made by the Strathroy Seniors.  Shirley Baker talked about the Quilt of Belonging.    Call us to book a bus trip and workshop for YOUR community!  519 287 3566

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