If you’re into treasure hunting but don't have a pirate ship handy, or even available, Lake County has a number of ways you can explore the area. The first that we will cover is the Lake County Quilt Trail. But you don't have to be handy with a needle and thread for this quilt trail and anyone with a sense of adventure will likely enjoy this activity. All you'll need is transportation and a camera.
Lake County's Quilt Trail is comprised of "quilt squares” which are mounted on the sides of buildings. The initial idea was to mount these on the sides of barns and there are quite a few on barns, but now businesses and government buildings have them as well.
It's actually a fun tour of Lake County to go hunt down the various quilt squares. The journey takes you on major roads and also along beautiful back country roads. Most of the quilt blocks are easy to spot and it’s fun to capture them with your smart phone’s camera which keeps the geolocation of your pictures so you can go back and track your journey.
The Quilt Trail project was founded by Marilyn Holdenried who learned of the quilt trail concept during an International Storytelling Festival in Tennessee in 2009. The movement started in Adams County, Ohio, in 2001. Quilters were decorating barns with blocks honoring their families, communities and agricultural heritage. The idea has since grown to trails of more than 3,000 barn quilts in the United States and Canada.
Holdenried brought the idea home to Kelseyville and in January 2010, with seed money from the Kelseyville Pear Festival, the Lake County Quilt Project installed its first block: Annette Higday’s red, white and blue “Square in a Square,” on a barn at Hill Creek Ranch in Kelseyville. By that September, a dozen more were completed.
The Quilt Project has grown to 70 blocks — with five more in the works — most based on a traditional pattern and each holding special meaning. Images are drawn onto plywood by the project’s graphic designers and then finished by its painters. The final squares, measuring 4 by 4 feet or 8 by 8 feet, are then installed onto their permanent home.
The Quilt Trail project has its own website where you can download a free map, or just pick one up the next time you stay with us. This is just one of the many things you can enjoy during your Featherbed Railroad getaway and is a great way to enjoy our relaxed, rural setting and friendly towns.
You can find out more, watch a video and see a map on our page about the Lake County Quilt Trail.
Written by Anthony B. Barthel
A blog about happenings in Lake County.