The Florida Quilt Museum is located in Trenton’s oldest commercial building, a 1910 dry goods store that once sold horse collars and coffins.
Long time quilters Teddy Pruett, an internationally recognized quilt and textile historian and Kathy Cray formerly a member of the board with The American Quilt Study Group, are constantly bringing outstanding exhibits to The Florida Quilt Museum for visitors to study and enjoy. Kathy (on the ladder) and Teddy are shown hanging our current exhibit of Basket Quilts that Kathy acquired from the American Quilt Study Group.
The Florida Quilt Trail originates in Trenton and encompasses twenty nearby cities. Five of Trenton's Quilt Trail Blocks, painted by Florida Folk Artist Janet Moses, are on the South wall of The Florida Quilt Museum
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The American Quilt Study Group encourages sound research in quilt history and provides opportunities for sharing discoveries. It was founded in 1980 by a group who believes that quilts hold unique stories and essential history.
The AQSG quilt study challenges members to learn the history of an individual quilt by selecting one that addresses a specified design, style, or period. Members then make a small quilt that replicates or interprets the original and share their discoveries.
The 2016 quilt study theme, 19th Century Baskets, addresses a popular American motif. The basket is the only human-made object that appears consistently in all styles, techniques, and periods of quilt making. It may be no coincidence that around the world baskets, like quilts, usually were made by women, often as a communal activity.
A basket is a symbol of women’s traditional daily work: the gathering, storing, and carrying of food and necessities. Baskets represent the burdens and joys of their lives. Filled with food or flowers, the basket becomes a symbol of abundance, hospitality, hope, and giving. Filled with eggs, it becomes a symbol of fertility. As quilt enthusiasts, baskets reach deep into our (mostly feminine) hearts.
Pictured above from left to right in front of the White Springs Logo Block are Merri McKenzie, White Springs Community Coordinator, Janet Moses, a Florida Folk Artist who has painted most of the White Springs Quilt Trail Blocks and Dr. Helen Miller, then Mayor of White Springs, who had the vision to promote the White Springs Branch of the Florida Quilt Trail. Both Merri and Janet are also graciously sharing their talents and vision as Board Members of The Florida Quilt Museum.
The White Springs Quilt Exhibit at The Florida Quilt Museum is a wonderful combination of pictures creating a context for each Quilt Trail Block as well as a close-up picture of each Quilt Trail Block and in many cases these wonderful photographs are accompanied by the actual quilt that was the catalyst for the Quilt Trail Blocks creation.
Several of the Quilts inspiring the White Springs Quilt Trail Blocks are shown below. Including and in addition to those shown, Visitors are encouraged to get a White Springs Quilt Trail Map and visit the following sites to see these beautiful blocks in person: 1 Yo-Yo & Double Wedding Ring sponsored by the Adams Country Store; 2 Log Cabin sponsored by Dennis & Dottie Price; 3 Patriotic Star sponsored by Veterans Park; 4 Magnolia sponsored by White Springs Bed & Breakfast; 5 Yo-Yo sponsored by Walter & Merri McKenzie; 6 Dresden Plate sponsored by Rhett Bullard; 7 Bears Paw sponsored by Scott Gay; 8 Thousnad Pyramids sponsored by Jim & Sharon Grant; 9 Flower Garden sponsored by Barbara Dietrich; 10 Celtic Rhythms sponsored by Asa & Lucinda Maynard; 11 Yo-Yo sponsored by Mike & Julie Batustic; 12 Large Mouth Bass sponsored by Randy & Rose Morgan; 13 Sunburst sponsored by Tom & Maddie Moore; 14 Chrysanthemums sponsored by Rosemary Canfield; 15 Crazy Patchwork sponsored by White Springs Library; 16 Flower Garden sponsored by Robert & Jackie Gaylard; 17 Dresden Plate sponsored by Carolyn Cannon; 18 Children's Hands sponsored by John & Boots Vassar; and 19 Dresden Plate sponsored by the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center
Kathy Cray and Teddy Pruett hanging the fabulous Basket Quilt Exhibit provided courtesy of the American Quilt Study Group
Merri McKenzie and Janet Moses at the entrance to their White Springs Quilt Trail exhibit
Thank You to Senator Rob Bradley, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson!!! We encourage all quilters and rural residents throughout their voting districts to support these two visionary Florida Senators.
Unfortunately, the efforts of Senators Bradley and Simpson were negated by a "Line-Item" VETO from Rick Scott, Florida’s Governor. Scott has been described as an elitist, entitled, urban focused politician. Scott's Veto conveys the message that he doesn’t care about rural Floridians.
Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum described Scott by saying,
"This is a man who barely escaped imprisonment, whose failure in business has been portrayed on national news and around the world. He is an embarrassment."
Alex Sink, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer issued a similar critique saying,
“Scott's company -- Columbia/HCA -- had pleaded guilty to 14 felonies as part of a federal fraud investigation and was forced to pay a record $1.7 billion.”
We urge your opposition to any future office, Scott, an apparent anti-rural politician attempts to secure.
We appreciate the vision and leadership that Senators Bradley and Simpson showed by supporting recommendations of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation to acquire Trenton’s oldest commercial structure, the 1910 Florida Quilt Museum. This would have ensured its availability to Florida Citizens and Out of State Visitors for generations to come, and is one of the very few options available to promote economic development and tourism in rural communities such as Trenton.