The county’s four historic covered bridges are the focal point of the Blount County Quilters Guild 2013 fundraiser quilt, which is on display at the Blount County Memorial Museum through the month of January. The quilt will be given away at the Guild’s annual quilt show during the Covered Bridge Festival.
The Log Cabin Star quilt was constructed and handquilted by guild members. Watercolor paintings of Swann Bridge, Easley Bridge, Horton Mill Bridge, and Nectar Bridge by Helen Brown surround the L&N Depot which is in the center.
Helen Brown’s watercolors are available at the museum and tickets for the quilt can be purchased there while the quilt is on display in January. Quilt tickets also are available at the Quilters Cottage in Palisades Park every Tuesday and on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost is $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets.
Guild president Phyllis Morse and guild members are grateful to county residents who support the guild’s projects. More than 800 children had photos and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Quilters Cottage during Christmas Lights at Palisades.
Proceeds from the guild’s fundraising provide funding for community projects and scholarships to county seniors. The Guild also makes children’s quilts for the Sheriff’s Department, conducts quilting classes, teaches quilting to Girl Scouts and home-schooled students, hangs a quilt in the Blount County Museum each month, displays quilts at town festivals in Oneonta and surrounding counties, and participates in the County Fair.