The Macon County Driving Quilt Trail
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The Macon County Driving Quilt Trail currently has 35 quilts and covers 98 miles to travel from the first quilt to the last quilt. It is our hope that you enjoy the quilt trail and your Macon County Adventure. So buckle up and drive safely.
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Shown below are photos and descriptions of all the quilts in Macon County.
1. Repeated Star 6x8
402 Scottsville Road.
Painted directly onto building Design is duplicated 12 times. Painted by Dennis Hix
2. Farmer’s Wife 8x8
4154 Jimtown Road.
Tool Shed, 1932 quilt in honor of the many hours wives worked along side husbands in fields....painted with auto paint by Gail Copas and family.
3. Grandma’s Choice 8x8
SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER OF MACON COUNTY
329 Hwy 52 Bypass E
Pattern submitted,/voted/painted by members. A 1/2 square triangle with cornerstones and sashing....Square by Clara Coleman shown in 2nd row far right in original is on wall inside Senior Citizens Center. Please stop by and see.
4. Fleur De Lis 4x4
DALE and VICKIE CHERRY
2798 Hwy 52 E
Represents the Trinity times 4 and has 2 variations; 1 on garage door, 1 on business building. Painted and constructed by Dale and Vickie Cherry.
5. Star Flower 4x4
740 White Oak Creek Lane
Shown on hand hewn log crib. Pattern was favorite of mother. Picture also shown on page 2 of the Logo for Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail. Painted by 2010 Macon County High School Art Class.
6. Sail Boat Nursery Quilt 4x8
6257 Union Camp Rd
Has an 1890 Strike of Lightening Border and is on the road to Defeated Creek Camp Grounds and Boating. Painted by Patty Petty.
7. Tile Mosaic Pinwheel 4x4
BOB and TERESA GREEN
2714 Austin Road
9 multicolored pinwheel squares with border. Located on small above ground concrete fruit cellar on Century Farm. Original house is gone. Completed by Bob and Teresa Green.
8. Ohio Star 4x4
1414 Tarus Farm Rd
9 patch block with 3 rows of 3 squares, Was popular with the Scottish, Irish and Amish.
9. Sunlight and Shadows 8x8
359 Gaulden Hollow Rd
Historic Log Cabin was a field hospital during the Civil War. Quilt is circa 1850 on barn. Painted by LouAnne Love and Susan Morris.
10. John Deere Tractor 8x8
GARY and NANCY VINSON
516 Gamaliel Rd
Birthday present from wife to husband because “He loves everything John Deere”. Painted by Jerry Morgan
11. Temperance T 3x3
JOHN and BETTY TROMP
1106 West Rd
Women’s Christian Temperance Union, 350,000 members -1907. Colors-blue for water, white for purity. Crusade 1873-1874, Mainly was 1st letter of last name. Completed by Betty Tromp
12. Home Sweet Home 8x8
3866 Parkhurst Rd.
Barn and Home have been a home sweet home for their large family since 1950. No history with this pattern, but name said it all. Completed by family of Mildred Roark.
13. Ohio Star 3x3
9254 Old Hwy 52
Christmas present from son. Put on a reconstructed metal barn that replaces old wooden one destroyed by the tornado of 2008. Hortense Overton is long time quilter and has won many awards. See also quilt 36 below for additions to this barn.
14. Star of Virginia 8x8
LAWRENCE FARMS-WYNONA CLAYBORNE
8125 Scottsville Rd.
Family farm of Aubrey and Leona Lawrence passed to daughter Virginia in whose memory her daughters have painted this quilt. Painted and hung by family of Wynona Clayborne.
15. Carpenter’s Wheel 8x8
BILL and BARBARA DAVIS
2420 Kirbytown Rd
Bill’s Great Great Grandfather Kirby was given land grant from Governor of Kentucky for serving in war of 1812. Farm continuously in family. Pattern chosen because Mrs. Davis’ father was a carpenter. Painted by Jerry Morgan.
16. Tulip 8x8
JAMES and BETTIE FORD
4750 Akersville Rd
Quilt of Tulips sewn by Jessie Mae White -inspiration for quilt. It has been placed on a 1900’s barn used as a grade “A” milking parlor in the mid ‘50’s. Painted by Melanie Ashburn.
17. Peace Symbol 8x8
MACON DEPT. STORE and GIBSON’S CAFÉ
201 Public Square
Terry Hudson, the owner of Macon Dept. Store, wanted to place a quilt pattern on outside wall of his business (in operation for 49 years). It faced Miles Gibson’s Cafe. Miles and Ginger Gibson and Terry got together and jointly funded and chose this pattern . Painted by Jerry Morgan.
18. Initial “W” 8x8
WHITE FARMS- H.D. WHITE
164 White Farm Rd
Family farm. Wanted something appropriate for small barn. Painted by Jerry Morgan
19. Blue Jean Pocket 3x3
113 Public Square
Has been selling Levi blue jeans for many years. Pattern would be helpful in drawing in business and help tourism. Painted by Jerry Morgan.
20. Rose of Sharon 8x8
1624 Carthage Rd.
19th Century representing Romantic love, the sacrament of marriage. Quilt usually given to newlyweds. Painted by Jerry Morgan.
21. Turkey Red Friendship 8x8
ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME-COMMUNITY Bldg.
997 Hwy 52 E
Circa 1850 quilt featuring a true turkey red (name of color at that time) friendship print appliqué. Painted by Jerry Morgan.
22. Nine Patch Sampler 8x8
NORTH CENTRAL TEL. CO.
1795 RBS Rd 60TH Anniversary - 2011
Each block is different depicting some part of the progress of the company. Pattern picked by Debbie Hawkins. Painted by Jerry Morgan.
23. Star and Cone 8x8
TRI COUNTY ELEC. CO.
226 Hwy 52 Bypass W
75th Anniversary - 2011 Circa 1936 - same year company was organized. Pattern picked by employee Karen Templeton Painted in company logo colors of red, white and blue. Painted by 2011 Macon County High School Art Class. Intent was to hang with long point of star at top but was hung in the traditional way.
24. Remembrance 8x8
200 Public Square
Old Historic Bldg., originally a pharmacy, drug store, gifts, and soda fountain. Still retains old original soda fountain. Quilt pattern picked because name brought back nostalgia of days gone by. Painted by Nancy Doss.
25. The American Flag 4x8
2835 Jimtown Rd
Pam’s feelings are strong about the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-FREEDOM and the significance of the flag. Always wanted one. Painted by Pam Phillips-Meador.
26. Star and Cone Variation 4x4
1194 Union Camp Rd
Located next door to “Brawner’s Pumpkin Patch”. Also paints designs on pumpkins
27. Macon County Seal 2x3
200 Church St
Funded and Donated by Leadership Macon 2011 to Mayor J Y Carter in an effort to advertise, educate and support Macon County and Key Park. There is no picture of # 27 hanging because it is not yet finished.
28. Tumbling Block 8x8
402 Hwy 52 Bypass E
Has been meeting the physical therapy and occupational needs of Macon and surrounding counties since 1986. Now offers inside walking track, cardio and weight lifting equipment for anyone interested. Painted and donated by John Ashburn.
29. Patriotic Star 8x8
JO ANN & BOB PARTIN
1574 Ford Branch Rd.
Lafayette, TN 37083.
Painted on wood by Dennis Hix.
This quilt was to honor:
Bob Partin- Vietnam War- US Air Force-l960-1980
Bryan Brady US Army-1977-1980
Rob Radcliffe - US Air Force-currently serving-Minot AFB
30. Lone Star 8x8
BETTY SUE MEADOR
3422 Hanestown Road
Westmoreland, TN 37186
Painted by Betty Sue Meador on metal.
For American women this quilt is one of the oldest, most recognizable of all the quilt patterns. It is a traditional pattern that provides a solid bridge to the past with cultural continuity to history. Betty Sue loves traditional quilt patterns.
Benny & Peggy Bartley
2551 Highland Rd
Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150
Painted on metal boards and hung by Benny and Peggy.
A. Churn Dash is also known as a wrench, monkey wrench, shoo fly. It is also has been mentioned as a historical reference for Sherman's march. B. Dutchman's Puzzle likely points to the heritage of it's designer-blades of a windmill in Holland and is derived from an ancient symbol of good luck. Both patterns are names referred to in a general group of nine patch quilts. A lot of patterns were named after household items. Their Border Collie Lily is pictured in front of the equipment shed with Peggy.
32. SHUTTER BUG 4 X 4
380 Dies Lane
This block called Shutter Bug is one of 225 blocks it will take to complete a quilt entitled "In War Time" from the 1863 Circa by Jane Stickle. The pattern looks like a picture ...within a picture ....within a picture. It is a camera icon and photography enthusiasts will recognize it. Donna is a Master Quilter and enjoys every moment. This project, three years in the making, has proven to be very time consuming and challenging. It is an effort still in progress.
33. Patriotic Square 4x4
Macon County Memorial V.F.W. Post 7135
119 Main Street
Pictured is Barbara Oliver and Dominic Desmoyers.
Designed and Painted by Dominic and Shirley Desmoyers.
Quilt Board was created to honor all Veterans in all branches of Service who have served, and includes those who are serving now.
Quilt # 34 LEMOYNE STAR 4 X 4
Owned by Pam Fuqua
168 Wixtown Rd
Westmoreland, TN 37186
The LeMoyne Star became a very popular pattern in 1911. Was given to her as a Christmas Gift in 2012 by her family. Has been put on a smaller old barn that sits not far from a little log cabin, built by she and her husband, and the main house on top of a hill (Highland Rim) that overlooks Lafayette. Says can see the lights on the Carousel at the fair grounds when the Fair is going on.
Quilt #35: American Flag 4x8
Joe Bilbrey, Elliott McGuire (grandson), Regina McGuire (daughter).
504 Miller Rd.
Lafayette, TN 37083
American Flag - Established June 14, 1777. Source of pride and symbol of our Nation's Strength. Inspiration of Loyalty and Unity of the United States. A way of sharing patriotism. Flag shows a beginning Nation of 13 colonies (13 stripes) and a star for each state (now totaling 50). Pictured at the barn is Regina McGuire (Daughter), Elliott McGuire (grandson-just turned 11) and Joe Bilbrey.
Quilt 36A and 36B.
Left (36A): Grandma's Fan 2 X 2
Middle: quilt # 13 (see above) Ohio Star
Right (36B): Monkey Wrench 2 X 2
9254 Old. Hwy 52
Westmoreland, TN 37186
Grandma's Fan was a very popular quilt pattern in pioneer days, and the Monkey Wrench was made after a tool that was used on carriage axles. This adds two more quilt squares to quilt entry #13. These were also given by son Roger and wife Carolyn as Christmas presents to add to a metal barn that replaced an old barn destroyed by the 2008 tornado.