BACKGROUND OF THE WHITE SPRINGS QUILT TRAIL

Pictured 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 Thousand 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 Largemouth 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

The Basket Quilt Exhibit

On Display from March to May 31, 2018

The Basket Quilts were Courtesy of the American Quilt Study Group & Quilt Museum Board Member Kathy Cray who coordinated the effort and hung the marvelous display.

The American Quilt Study Group

 

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.