The Macon County Quilt Trail
The Macon County Quilt Trail, headquartered in Franklin, NC is an extension of the Western North Carolina Quilt Trails project. What is the quilt trail? The Quilt Trails project got its start in Ohio when Donna Sue Groves put a quilt block on her barn honoring her mother. From that simple act, the project has grown to cover 24 states and more than 2,000 quilt blocks.
The initiative began in Western North Carolina in 2006 in Madison and Ashe counties when Handmade in America made a grant to them to get the project started. Over 100 quilt blocks are hosted in those two counties alone.
Macon County is the newest addition to the Western North Carolina Quilt Trails and the first in far western NC to undertake the project. The Macon County Quilt Trail was started by seed money from the Franklin TDA and the Franklin TDC.
As you travel the countryside around Macon County you'll find more than 20 quilt squares waiting to be discovered on homes, barns, and businesses.
You can join in this endeavor by getting your own quilt block.We’ll help you find just the right block to tell your story whether it is about a person, place or other historical event.
Call (828) 349-8912 or for more information on the Macon County Quilt Trail project, pricing or to download an application click here.
Macon County Quilt Trail Board of Directors
President - Deb Heatherly
Vice President - Linda Harbuck
Secretary - Joan Crowers
Treasurer- Gerri Lee Bunn
Paint Captain - Anna Orlow
Photography & Block Certification - Anna & Paul Orlow
Histories - Deb Heatherly, Paul Orlow, Anna Orlow, Joan Crowers and individual block owners.
Publicity - Linda Schlott
Other Board Members - Nancilee Dills, Beth Moberg, and
Macon County Quilt Trail Paint Team - Anna Orlow, Beth Moberg, Emily McBride, Paul Orlow, Deb Heatherly, and other volunteers
“Airing of the Quilts”
Scheduled for Mother's Day Weekend:
May 11, 2013
Join with us in Franklin, NC as we celebrate our quilting heritage during Airing of the Quilts.
Hundreds of quilts will be "airing" all over Franklin's downtown, at quilt trail block locations, and at private residences all around Macon County. In addition, look for
Quilt Related vendors, get your quilt appraised and more! Special events are also planned for Friday.
› LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2013 EVENT
› Download Full Schedule of Events (PDF)
There are many, many inside locations to visit should we have the misfortune of a rainy day. The only thing affected will be the hanging of the quilts outdoors.
Visit Gilespie Chapel, Pleasant Hill Church, The Unitarian Fellowship, Historic Rickman Store, Old Cowee School, Oak Hill B & B, view the quilt display in the windows of the old Macon Furniture Mart, the local quilt shops and of course - the two lectures at Franklin town hall. Friday May 10 at 6:00 PM - Lecture and slide show with Suzi Parron author of the book "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement", and Saturday at 12:00 "Ken the Quilt Guy" trunk show and presentation on Civil War era quilts. Also - schedule an appointment for an appraisal on either Friday or Saturday.
The Whistle Stop Mall will also be airing the "World's Largest Quilt" along with quilts displayed throughout the mall. Hours are from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
QUILT TRAIL GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
The Macon County Quilt Trail project tour guide contains pictures of blocks, detailed maps to the location of each quilt square installed, GPS coordinates, and the stories behind each of these beautiful and colorful quilt blocks that make up our trail.
Get your Macon County NC Quilt Trail Guide Book at any of the following locations:
- Franklin Chamber of Commerce
- Deb's Cats N Quilts
- Oak Hill Country Bed and Breakfast
- A Stitch in Time
- Mountain Brook Cottages
This is our first edition of the guide to the Macon County NC Quilt Trail.
For additional information please call 828-349-8912.