HIGH SPRINGS – Suzie Ann Clark, a well-known area quilter, addressed the High Springs City Commission to announce the placement of a quilt block on the street side of the Historic High Springs Elementary School and Community Center. The building also houses the High Springs Historic Museum in which several quilts are hung in the hallways for display.
In addition to announcing the placement of the quilt, she took the opportunity to thank the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for their help and support in producing the quilt.
“There are approximately 1,000 quilt blocks in 30 states and Canada,” she said. “It all started as a movement to paint quilts on the sides of barns and slowly progressed to being placed on city buildings as well.”
The quilt, entitled “Little Red Schoolhouse,” will become part of the Florida Quilt Trail, created in 2013 by Stephanie Metts of Trenton. The Florida Quilt Trail is linked to the American Quilt Trail Movement.
In addition to Trenton and High Springs, White Springs, Madison, Live Oak and other communities throughout Florida are joining the Quilt Trail. “Trenton has 17 quilt blocks and two more on their docket,” said Clark. “Little White Springs has 20 already and Madison and Live Oak are in the process of producing quilts as well.”
In conjunction with Trenton, a map of the tri-county area indicating each quilt block's location, along with a short history of each quilt block, is being produced. High Springs will be one of the locations listed in the brochure according to Clark. “Cities which have quilts have seen an overall increase of 20,000 – 30,000 visitors,” she said.
Talking specifically about the quilt in High Springs, the quilt design was first seen in New Jersey in 1870. “We thought it was appropriate considering the building was an old schoolhouse,” she said.
Regarding the quilts inside the museum, Clark said they would be changed approximately every six weeks to help keep the display fresh.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and presentation of the history of the old schoolhouse building was held in conjunction with the Music in the Park event held at the building on June 19.
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