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Houston County has now joined several counties in Tennessee with its own quilt trial. This one is like no other, however, in that it depicts Houston County's unique Celtic heritage. Each quilt square has a distinctive pattern with its own individual story.
Artist Debbie Schmidt, who organized the quilt project, and scores of volunteers worked feverishly during the past few weeks to get enough 8-foot by 8-foot wooden squares sold, painted and erected in time for the 2009 Irish Days celebration. She had set a goal of 12 and although only nine have been erected, two additional ones are waiting in the wings and another three have been ordered.
The quilt trail may be the brainchild of Schmidt but she is quick to divert credit away for herself. “It’s not just me (who has done this),” she said. “It’s a world of volunteers.” Meriwether Lewis workers, Danny Schmidt and Randy Baggett have supplied Schmidt with manpower and equipment to erect the squares in such a way that they are secure.
Schmidt also had volunteers who help draw the designs and volunteers – some of them the same – who helped paint the square. Each square includes the names of the people who worked on it in an inconspicuous place on the front and listed on the back. That way, each person who worked on it can feel a little ownership of the quilt squares.
“There are just too many volunteers to mention them individually,” she said, “and I don’t want to leave anyone out.”
The project is promoted through the Five Rivers Resource Conservation and Development organization (http://fiveriversrcd.com). It is design to bring tourism interest to the county as visitors follow the trail of quilt patterns through the county. Mapping of the Trail and guided tours are planned. We also have hopes of drawing some of these visitors to look at our area as a special place to live or retire.
The Quilt Trail project is multi county and has extended across Tennessee. Montgomery Co.(crazy quilts), Stewart County (civil war quilts) Humphrey’s County, Robertson as well as Houston County (Celtic Quilts) are all working on this project.
Listed below are the quilt blocks that are currently hung and a few in anticipation. Photos of all will be posted soon. They are listed in order as you enter the county from the East coming in from Dickson County on Hwy 49 and travel Westward across it towards the river. Please use the maps listed as a reference only for finding the blocks and not as an exact pinpoint. I found mapquest to be slightly off on some locations.
Sponsors, contributors and volunteers, who made this project possible with their monetary donations, grants, donation of their precious time and the use of their building on which to hang our quilts.
- TN Department of Tourism
- Five Rivers RC& D
- TN Arts Commission
- Houston County FCE
- Houston County UT Extension Office
- Houston County Library
- Houston County High School & Arts Club
- Meriwether Lewis Electric Company
- Danny Schmidt
- Houston County Highway Department
If you are interested in sponsoring a quilt block or helping to create one please contact Debbie Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the first Quilt Trail Pattern that has been hung.
It is located on the Century family farm of Bennetta & Russ James and Allen & Suzanne McCampbell. This is a Double Irish Chain
NO PHOTO AVAILABLE
Celtic Chase is located off Salmon Branch on Jones Hollow Lane at the homeof Willaim & Elaine Loftin.
Their historic 1780's log home was built before Tennessee became a state.
129 Jones Hollow Lane
This design is sponsored by Traditions First Bank and is the Evening Star pattern. Twilght indicates the time between times.
MAP to this location 5745 East Main Street, Erin, TN 37061
This block and the two hearts are representative of Erin, TN and its sister city in Ireland- Gallway. The pattern is called Lough Corrib. Lough means Lake and Lake Corrib is located in the middle of Gallway, Ireland. This is a design of famed Celtic quilt designer Philomena Duncan of County Sligo, Ireland.
The block is hung on the East side of Erin City Hall. It can be seen as you travel Hill Street.
MAP to this location 15 Hill Street, Erin, TN 37061
This pattern is the True Lovers Knot located on the East side of Archies TV & Appliance Store in the town square. It is sponsored by the Houston County Historical Society.
MAP to this location Town Square Erin, TN 37061
This pattern is a Celtic Snowflake and is sponsored by the Friends of the Houston County Library. The Irish colors enhance this unique design. The border, entitled "Josephine's Knot", will soon be available as a bookmark.
It is hung beside the library on the North side of Paul's Pizza.
MAP to this location 15 Spring Street, Erin, TN 37061
Located on the West wall of Accents by Bonnie is the pattern Children of Lir
. This is a design of famed Celtic quilt designer Philomena Duncan of County Sligo, Ireland. Legend is the four children were turned to Swans by their vengeful stepmother. This block is sponsored by the Houston County Area Chamber of Commerce. MAP to this location
8 South Spring Street, Erin, TN 37061 (corner of Sprint St. & Main St.) map not exact
Elf & Dragonfly
This whimisical block is located on the Houston County Area Chamber of Commerce office building. It is sponsored by Mr. Web Mitchum and family. MAP to this location
68 South Spring Street, Erin, TN 37061
NO PHOTO AVAILABLE Irish Claddagh
is located at Mitchum's Drug Co. The claddagh traditionally represents love, friendship and loyalty.
These Irish Colored Patch blocks are located in Strawberry Alley on the Mitchum Building.
Rye's Automotive sponsors a block in a Celtic Cross pattern. This pattern is indicative of the Celtic know, having no begining and no end.
MAP to this location
It is located on their smaller building West of the main business.
3878 West Main Street Erin, TN 37061
NO PHOTO AVAILABLE Celtic Wisdom
is located at the Houston County Middle School. It is sponsored by the Houston County Board of Education.
The block Saint Patrick's Day
is located on the East side of the new Houston County Recreation Club building. MAP to this location
411 McMillan Street Erin, TN This map location is approximate.
The Recreation Club Building is just West of the Houston County Middle School on West Main Street.
is located at the residence of Mrs. Bettye Summers on Hwy 49 West, Tn Ridge.
You will have to look close for this block. Turn just past the Youth Center. The location is acutally South of Grey's Crossing. APPROXIMATE Map to this location
design is located on the Centerstone Building. The kaleidoscope of colors is sponsored by the Houston County Family & Community Education. MAP to this location
1330 Main Street, Tennessee Ridge, TN 37178
The next addition is on The Ridge Restaurant on Main Street in Tennessee Ridge.
This design is the Kell's Knot that was adapted from “The Book of Kells” an 8th century gospel manuscript. This book resides in Dublin naturally. This is a replication of a design that is 1300 years old.
MAP to this location 1990 Southg Main Street, Tennessee Ridge, TN 37178
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Kell's Knot II is another Philomena Duncan design adapted from the "The Book of Kell's". This is located on the Southernaire Restaurant in McKinnon. This block is sponsored by "Bingo" and Martha Powell, & George and Susie Powell, & Leroy Powell.
MAP to this location 50 Overlook Lane, Stewart, TN 37175
NO PHOTO AVAILABLE