'Grandmother's Flower Garden' quilt design on display

Friday, October 29, 2010
The women who worked on the quilt got together Thursday morning to admire their work on the north wall of the historic Ladies Rest Room on 1st Avenue, Lewisburg. Pictured, from left, are Lisa Jackson, Carol Marsh, Pam Russell, Patricia Holton, Barbara Woods, Connie Edde, and Susan Hunter.

An eight-by-eight foot replica of a quilt made of marine-grade plywood and painted with exterior-grade paint is being displayed on the wall of the Ladies Rest Room where it will catch the eye of drivers on 1st Avenue.

The pattern is called "Grandmother's Flower Garden." Susan Hunter organized the project and the painters were Carol Marsh, Patricia Holton, Pam Russell, Barbara Woods and Lisa Jackson. Bill Curtis of the city's maintenance department made the frame.

"I'm absolutely tickled with it," Hunter said. "It couldn't be better."

Inside the Ladies Rest Room are two smaller depictions of quilts that are to be painted. They are to be placed on the bridge over the creek at Rock Creek Park.

The Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall County Museum are planning more of these displays, according to Lisa Jackson, who works at Lewisburg City Hall. More of these kinds of displays may come from Marshall County's Century Farms.

The Ladies Rest Room quilt joins others on display in Lawrence, Moore, Giles, Lincoln, Franklin, Coffee, and Bedford counties.

"Tennesseans have a proud, rich history rooted by memories of childhood," according to the Web site tnquilttrails.com. "Although their stories are not the same, often they can be linked back to a barn on a family farm or the quilt of a beloved grandmother. Southern Middle Tennessee Quilt Trails are dedicated to all those wonderful stories and to Donna Sue Groves, the woman behind the barn quilts. What started out as only a joke between a mother and daughter in a small town Ohio community is now a thriving national grassroots movement."

The Southern Middle Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council sponsors the Southern Middle Tennessee Quilt Trail. This trail is a driving route throughout nine counties in southern Middle Tennessee. It is designed to draw visitors to the region and promote sustainable economic development in rural areas. The trail is designated by an 8'x8' quilt block mural hung on barns and other sites of historical and economic significance. Each route is carefully chosen for its potential to draw visitor traffic to the abundance of local businesses, historic sites, educational opportunities and recreational activities this region has to offer. As the need for sustainable economic development in rural areas becomes more apparent, the Quilt Trail provides opportunities for community growth by promoting agri-tourism, creating community involvement, and engaging residents in impacting their communities and protecting the heritage, cultural and natural resources of the region.