Powder Springs’ Southern Quilt Trail

By PETER WALTZ

 

Star of Bethlehem
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – The Star of Bethlehem, also known as the Star of the East, begins the Southern Quilt Trail in Powder Springs. The quilt square can be found on the east side of the County Store of Seven Springs and was the first quilt square painted for the Southern Quilt Trail. (Photo by Peter Waltz)
Double Irish Chain
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – The Double Irish Chain pattern has been in use since the 18th century. The quilt, which can be found in Diane and Johnny Reese’s household, is continuously the most sought after patterns with collectors. Diane and Johnny received the quilt as a Christmas gift. (Photo by Peter Waltz)
Star in a Square
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – Star in a Square was quilted by Laura Brock Sutton, mother of Joe Sutton, owner of Powder Springs Flowers & Gifts. At the age of 73, Laura Sutton quilted this pattern for her granddaughter, Laura Sutton Wylie. “The quilt will always have a special place in my heart,” Wylie said. “Not just because it was quilted by my grandmother, but also because it represents her Cherokee Indian background.” (Photo by Peter Waltz)
Rose of Sharon
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – The Rose of Sharon was originally named after the love poem found in the Song of Solomon. When Susan Smelser, owner of The Book Worm Bookstore in Powder Springs, found this pattern quilt she asked one of her customers who was a painter to recreate it on the east side of her building. “When I stumbled upon the beautiful pattern of The Rose of Sharon in one my book,” Smelser said, “I knew it had to be preserved. All the historians I spoke to said the pattern was mainly used for bridal quilts.” (Photo by Peter Waltz)
Grandmother_s Flower Garden
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – All of these tiny hexagonal patches make up Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The pattern was used to honor Mrs. Estie Norris, who is a native of Powder Springs. At 92 years old, she made has made and donated quilts yearly to the Seven Springs Society Museum since 1987. This tribute painting can be found on the west side of The Book Worm. (Photo by Peter Waltz)
Sunbonnet Sue or Dutch Girl
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – The outlier on the Southern Quilt Trail is the Sunbonnet Sue quilt square. Sunbonnet Sun requires tourists to walk toward the end of downtown Powder Springs, past Marilyn’s Salon. It is located on the barn of Frank and Mary Jo Boyd. An art class at Hillgrove High School painted the quilt square on the barn. (Photo by Peter Waltz)
Pickle Dish
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – The pink and white color schemes of Pickle Dish were meant to recall the shimmer of light on cranberry color cut glass dishes. The name originates from Frank Boyd’s great-grandfather who was injured in the Civil War and three Indian maidens nursed him back to health. When the soldier had a daughter, he named her after the three Indian maidens. Frank Boyd’s grandmother, Minnie Ida Lula Campbell Boyd, quilted Pickle Dish. (Photo by Peter Waltz)
Carpenters Wheel
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – Gloria Hilderbrand bought the Carpenter’s Wheel quilt at an antique show many years ago. “I estimated the quilt to be from the late 1800s because of the fabrics used and the stitching,” Hilderbrand said. “When I bought the Carpenter’s Wheel, I was told this pattern was a favorite for experienced quilters.” (Photo by Peter Waltz)
Floral Basket
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – The Floral Basket pattern has continued to be a favorite traditional American design. The design allows the quilter to fill the basket with flowers, fruits, etc. The quilt square can be found on the east side of the Tea at Seven Springs store and was painted by the tearoom owner Joan Evans. (Photo by Peter Waltz)
The Double Wedding Ring
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – The Double Wedding Ring is symbolic of some our nation’s most cherished sentiments and rituals: friendship, love and marriage. The pattern first gained popularity around the Civil War. The quilt square can be found on the back entrance of the Pear Tree. Since the store specializes in wedding designs, the owners decided on this particular quit square. (Photo by Peter Waltz)
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