W/W - Southern Quilt Trail

We have the boys up here visiting for their summer break.  
In trying to find a fun "staycation" we wanted to see what was hidden near us.  
Marc has enjoyed running along the Silver Comet trail and we kept noticing signs for the "Southern Quilt Trail" and I wanted to look it up and see what it was.  ( You can click HERE to read all about it)
We noticed that there were several in Cobb County with 13 being in Powder Springs.  Since we wanted to get out and try to see as many as we could, we figured Powder Springs was the way to go....    Of course, we kept finding the same 12... and could not locate number 13...  We even stopped and asked several people...  (local people that had no idea.)  Then, we realized that we were right in the start and immediately knew where the 13th one was...
So.... I thought you might like to see them.  
Basically, the Southern Quilt Trail is a quilt pattern that it painted on the side of a building or structure.
(I just saw it as an artistic scavenger hunt!)

Carpenters Wheel:
Popular from 1830 -1860. It has continued to be a favorite with the experienced quilter. The quilt is owned by Gloria & Bill Hilderbrand. Gloria bought this quilt at an antique show many years ago. She estimates the age to be from the late 1800’s because of the fabrics used and the stitching. This Quilt Square is on the west side of Sensibilities Salon & Spa.  The Quilt Square was painted by Hillgrove High School art students.

Pickle Dish:
From the late 1800’s and a favorite among  quilters. The color scheme was usually red and white. It was meant to recall the shimmer of light on cranberry color cut glass dishes. Quilted by Frank Boyd’s grandmother, Minnie Ida Lula Campbell Boyd. Frank’s great granddaddy was injured in the Civil War and three Indian maidens nursed him back to health. When he had a daughter he named her for the three Indian maidens, hence the name. The Quilt Square is on the east side of a building owned by Frank and Mary Jo Boyd. Painted by Hillgrove High Art students. 

Double Irish Chain:
Double Irish Chain pattern has been in use since the end of the 18th century. The Irish Chain has consistently been one of the favorite and most sought after patterns with collectors. The Double and Triple Chains seem to be the most common. This quilt can be found in the home of Diane and Johnny Reese. It was given to Diane by a friend as a Christmas gift.  It was painted by Diane Reese, Bill Hilderbrand and Perry Hilderbrand.

Rose of Sharon: 
A popular floral appliqué pattern of the 19th century. Named for the love poem found in the Song of Solomon, the pattern has many variations, but most were made  as bridal quilts. Susan Smelser, owner of The Book Worm Bookstore in Powder Springs, found the picture in a quilt book in her store. She thought it was such a beautiful quilt, she asked one of her customers, Iia Owens, an artist to paint it on the east side of her building at 4451 Marietta Street.

Star Of Bethlehem:
Star of Bethlehem, also know asStar of the Eastand Lone Star: The quilt was bought froma lady inArmuchee, in Floyd County. The quilter’s name is unknown. It has been hanging in the home of Gloria and Bill Hilderbrand for nearly 30 years. This Quilt Square can be seen on the east side of the Country Store of Seven Springs. Painted by Diane Reese and Bill Hilderbrand – this is the first Quilt Square painted for the Southern Quilt Trail.

Grandmother's Flower Garden: 
Grandmother’s Flower Garden was popular in the late 19th and early 20th century. It was common during the Depression era, when quilt making again became a necessity in many American homes. Pieced from tiny hexagona  patches, this pattern can make thrifty use of even the smallest scraps of fabric. This pattern was used to honor Mrs. Estie Norris, a native of Powder Springs. She is 92 years old and has made and donated a quilt to the Seven Springs Society Museum, yearly since 1987 to be used in a raffl e as a fund-raiser. This Quilt Square was painted by Iia Owens and is on the west side of the Book Worm.

Floral Basket:
This pattern has continued to be one of the most favorite traditional American designs. It is a good design for the quilter to use her imagination and fill the baskets with fl owers, fruits, etc. This Quilt Square is on the east side of the Tea at Seven Springs. It was painted by tea room owner Joan Evans, family and friends

Double Wedding Ring:
This pattern first gained popularity about the time of the Civil War, but did not reach all corners of the quilting community until the early decades of the 20th century. Symbolic of some of our most cherished sentiments, rituals and traditions – friendship, love, marriage, eternal fidelity – the circle is one of the most common design motifs in every culture. Located over the back entrance to Powder Springs Florist / Events by Design.  Merna Gucce painted the square.

Star In a Square: 
Date unknown, was quilted by Laura Brock Sutton, mother of Joe Sutton, owner of Powder Springs Flowers & Gifts. Mrs. Sutton was part Cherokee Indian.  She was born in 1898 and lived in Athens, TN and died at the age of 85. At the age of 73, she quilted this pattern for granddaughter, Laura Sutton Wylie. The Quilt Square can be seen on the east side of Powder Springs Flowers & Gifts on Marietta Street.

Sunbonnet Sue: 
or Dutch Girl is the creation of artist Bertha Corbett Melcher. The pattern for babies with their faces covered by large bonnets was fi rst published in 1902. Sue’s enduring charm results from the bright scraps from which her dresses are always made, often bits of fabric left over from dresses the quilt maker stitched for her daughter. This Quilt Square can be seen on the barn of Frank and Mary Jo Boyd, located behind Marilyn’s Salon.   This Quilt Square was painted by Hillgrove High School Art Class in Powder Springs. 

Snow Crystals: 
This pattern is a favorite of long time quilter, Mrs. Estie Norris of Powder Springs. “Miss Estie”, as we lovingly call her, is a legend here in this area. Every
year, since 1991 she has hand quilted a quilt for the Seven Springs Historical Society as a fundraiser.  Raffle tickets were sold and the quilt was given away every year. In 1947 George Landers purchased an abode at 4353 Atlanta St in Powder Springs.   Forty years later, the Southern Bell Company purchased the property to build a telephone switching station. The City of Powder Springs kept the house from being torn down. The house was stripped of its bricks and cut in half to be moved and relocated to its current location and put back together to model the Kolb Farm-house. The porch was closed off, and now forms the office of the museum. The Seven Springs Historical Society, founded in 1982 by Sarah Francis Miller, turned the newly modeled house into a museum in 1985.

Sampler Quilt: 
A sampler quilt is made using several different patterns. This quilt square represents four patterns dating back to the early to mid 1800’s.  Top left: Monkeys Wrench, Top Right: Bears Paw Bottom Left: Bowtie, Bottom right: North Star These quilt squares are used to hide a lot of electrical meters, telephone equipment and wires. The building was built around 1910. Most of the older people in town remember it as the 10 cent store. Before the 10 cent store, it was a cafe and beauty parlor. 

This is the 13th Quilt... and is not listed on the website.

I did think it was really neat that each quilt had the framed information on the site for you to learn about each one.  (See the paper sized information off to the side? )
I think we all really enjoyed walking ar0und and looking... 

If you are ever in the Cobb County area...
Make sure to stop over and check out the Southern Quilt Trail!!!


  1. This is sooooo cool! Definitely a hidden gem!!!

  2. My sister would LOVE that! She did a quilt project when she was in high school and was hooked.

  3. Oh my gosh that is cool. Ive never heard of something like that.

  4. There's a quilt museum here: http://www.quiltmuseum.org/

    We went on our way to GA. once.

  5. These are all gorgeous. Quilting is one of my favorite things to do but I haven't done it for years and years. I'll def. want to see this if I'm in the Cobb County area. Thank you for the review.


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