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War of 1812 Quilts: More Buildings for Exhibit

January 24, 2012

You may remember I posted a little while ago about the Great Lakes Seaway Trail 1812 quilt challenge, and how it’s an absolutely incredible opportunity for quilters who want to find out more about heritage quilts, the War of 1812, and traditional fabrics and sewing techniques. I got an email today from the Seaway Trail folks saying that they are still accepting quilts for the show and that they’ve added more buildings for the exhibit. They are accepting registrations until February 19 and urge you to register your quilt as soon as possible, even if it’s not yet complete.

Marching Soldiers - Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail at Battle Hill commemorative plaque (photo ©2012 by Michelle Southern)

Marching Soldiers - Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail at Battle Hill commemorative plaque (photo ©2012 by Michelle Southern)

Whether you’re participating in the quilt challenge or not, the event itself looks to be something you’ll want to put on your list of things to do: among the 200 quilts they have room for, they will have “interpreters dressed in historically-correct 1800’s period fashions” in historic buildings plus vendors and demonstrations. You can also tour the Country Barn Quilt Trail (if you’re coming through Ontario be sure to see the Longwoods Quilt Barn Trail in Wardsville – there is a historic plaque commemorating the Battle of the Longwoods which will be inscribed with a list of names in memory of the fallen at the Battle Hill Cairn. I had the pleasure of interviewing Rick Sommer this past August and I’ll be telling you more about that later).

Are you entering a quilt in the War of 1812 quilt challenge? I was hesitant because of the room restrictions but my sense of local history (and curiosity of the quilters from that time period) is very strong. If you have photos of your quilt but don’t have a place to post them, let me know and I’ll feature them here for you in this blog. You can also send them to the Seaway Trail people as well, I’m sure. I have the quilt in mind that I’d want to make. What about you? Are you inspired by the history, the fabrics, the women, or something else?

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