The Quilt Trail members will meet May 9th, Monday, at the coffee shop inside Barnes and Noble, Triangle Town Center, at noon. New members are welcome to join just by showing up. Volunteers are needed for various stages of building and installing the quilt blocks. For more information visit the webpage: http://www.fcacarts.org/quilt_trails_of_the_tar_river.aspx or call FCAC at 919-496-6910, email FCACarts@gmail.com. 

 
 
 
The Quilt Trails of the Tar and Roanoke Rivers
 
 
The Quilt Trails of the Tar River is a project the Franklin County Arts Council designed to capture the history of their community through the display of quilt blocks on historic buildings and structures in Franklin and surrounding counties. While traveling through Central and Eastern, North Carolina  to look at the quilt blocks, travelers can enjoy the area’s art, history, agriculture, and scenic byways. What began as a local endeavor has spread from Franklin County east to Martin County. The plan is to follow the Tar River basin all of the way to Beaufort County where the Tar empties into Pamlico Sound.

TEAM leader and Franklin County Arts Council board member, Charles Edward Powell, explains what the arts council hopes the quilt trail will accomplish, “The quilt trail is patterned after the highly successful Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina. Quilt trails in other parts of the country always provide a tremendous tourist business to the host county and surrounding counties. Our quilt trail has a priority to bring tourist to the area to explore our rural heritage. Each block has a different story to tell about the owners and their location. History can be seen through these blocks. Our trail is the only official trail in Eastern North Carolina.”

Members of Franklin County Arts Council put in many volunteer hours building, priming, and painting the quilt patterns onto the wooden blocks. The blocks are square, wooden blocks sold in 2'x2', 4'x4' or 8'x8' sizes and are painted with a single quilt block pattern. For an extra fee the quilt pattern can be painted directly onto the building.