Category Archives: 5. NEWS

Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement

The book will soon be out!  We hope Wardsville is in it!

Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement — 2012

By Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves

“Bravo to Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves for bringing to light the colorful and rich history of the barn quilt movement. It’s a tale of heart, hope, and deep rural roots. . . roots that started in Adams County but spread quickly across the land. Parron’s deep research and Donna Sue’s love of the subject provide a unique chapter in America’s art history. Happily, a country road is no longer the same.”

Doug Weaver — publisher, Kansas City Star Books

“Barn quilts are a perfect fit with our area; they are an excellent companion to the other ag-tourism opportunities in Green County. This has been a great project because it ties the entire county together with an artistic rural theme, promotes county-wide pride, and gets our visitors to all the communities for a true adventure in exploring the roads less traveled along the way.”

Noreen Rueckert — Green County, WI Tourism

“The barn quilt project is one of the most successful and satisfying projects we’ve ever been involved with and we’re excited that this book documents the spread of this creative idea across our nation and beyond.”

Harold and Sue Peyton — Sac County, Iowa

The story of the American Quilt Trail, featuring the colorful patterns of quilt squares writ large on barns throughout North America, is the story of one of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts movements in the United States and Canada. In Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Suzi Parron travels through twenty-nine states and two Canadian provinces to visit the people and places that have put this movement on America’s tourist and folk art map.

Ohio University Press • Swallow Press

THE WAR OF 1812. PBS Doc premieres Oct 10th

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists and native nations. Some of the War of 1812’s battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. This film shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history, how failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning re-enactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, THE WAR OF 1812 presents the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent.

THE WAR OF 1812 is a production of WNED Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc., in association with WETA Washington, DC

Tecumseh Monument Redevelopment

The Friends of the Tecumseh Monument, a local not-for-profit, have been working on the redevelopment of the Tecumseh Monument site.  A new Interpretive Master Plan has been extensively researched and the resulting plans were unveiled in a presentation by Rob LeBlanc from Ekistics Planning and DesignSeptember 19th, 2011.  Wow.

Lisa Gilbert & plan for Tecumseh Monument

This ambitious project is worthy of the stature of Tecumseh and the Confederacy.  George Ward was one of the smaller characters; Tecumseh is HUGE.

To arrange interviews or for further information, please call or email:

Lisa Gilbert, Chair, Friends of the Tecumseh Monument
519 674 2322

The Battle of Tippecanoe, which took place outside Prophetstown in present-day Indiana at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers, was fought on November 7, 1811. United States forces, led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory, defeated forces of Tecumseh’s growing American Indian confederation led by his younger brother Tenskwatawa, also known as The Prophet. The Tippecanoe defeat dealt a devastating blow to Tecumseh’s confederacy, which never regained its former strength. Public opinion in the United States blamed the Native American uprising on British interference. This suspicion served as a catalyst to the War of 1812, which began only six months later.  Source.

Thamesville: Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail

Two hundred years ago our community was involved in a war with the United States of America.  Longwoods Road played an important role in the War of 1812-1814.

We hear about the battles and the fact that neither side actually won the war.  What do we know about the suffering of the people?  What do we know about the First Nations families and Nations who were affected?  What do we know about the settlers? The women and children whose homes were destroyed?  What do we know about our history?

The aim of the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail project is to tell the story of the people through the arts – quilting, weaving, beading and painting.  The goal is to interpret the social history of the War of 1812 and the early 19th century.  The main attraction will be barn quilts lining an arts corridor down the Longwoods Road  where key stories, landmarks, and sacred places will be represented by barn quilts. We’ll tell the story via social media on-line.

Re-enactors, historians, and quilters are collaborating to plan a project that would feature two 30-block quilts telling the story of how the war affected the First Nations and settler families.  Once the quilts are designed and the colours and quilt blocks chosen, the communities living along the route can start painting the quilt block designs on murals 8-foot square.  These “barn quilts” will be installed on heritage timberframe barns to mark significant historical locations on the trail.  Key locations include the sites of the Battle of the Thames and the Battle of the Longwoods anchored by the British Encampment (Delaware Speedway) at the east end and Thamesvile at the west end.  The trail will continue west marked by the Tecumseh Parkway which is also in the planning stages.  It is hoped that barn quilts will continue right through to Amherstberg on “Route 1812”, the larger historical loop linking War of 1812 sites scattered throughout rural Ontario.

On May 30, 2011, the Thamesville Historical Society invited Mary Simpson and Denise Corneil to tell them about the project.  Driving back to Chatham after the meeting, quilters Dianne Blonde Pinkerton and Nancy Kominek from the Chatham-Kent Quilt Guild evaluated all the barns west of Thamesville.

While Mary and Denise are currently focussing  on this 65-mile stretch of old Queen’s Highway No. 2, they hope that community groups all over southwestern Ontario will catch the fever.  Inspired by the Temiskaming Barn Quilt Trail, Wardsville stitched their George Ward Commemorative Quilt and painted thirty matching barn quilts in and around Wardsville in 2010.  Oxford, Elgin, Brant, and Norfolk Counties are now planning trails.

For more information call Denise Corneil at 519 693-7002 or Mary Simpson at 519 287 3566

Ailsa Craig hosted quilts from the Netherlands 2011

Ailsa Craig presents Quilts of the Netherlands.   May 23 – 28, 2011

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This quilt show coincided with the big quilting conference, Quilt Ontario  held at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.  May 24 – 28, 2011.

May 1-5, 2012.  Ailsa Craig hosts Quilts of Denmark.

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