Long Creek woman designs piece for quilt trail

by Courtney Price

Marsha McElroy, of the Long Creek area, recently had one of her quilt designs transformed into a pattern for the McDowell Quilt Trail.

Marsha McElroy, left, receives a certificate for joining the McDowell Quilt Trail from Jill Lucas. (Bill Ward/MI Monitor photo)

Mike and Jill Lucas, longtime Shuffletown residents, selected McElroy’s design and painted a large plank to mount on a barn in the Long Creek area, off Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville. The quilt trail has more than 130 quilts across the state.

“The purpose of the quilt trail is to promote tourism and preserve history,” Jill Lucas said. “We hope people will pick up a map, follow the trail, maybe stop in a coffee shop and help the local economy.”

The quilt trail program began in June 2009 in McDowell County. Jill and Mike Lucas take a quilt, choose a color scheme and paint the fabric design onto a wooden plank that is then displayed on an exterior wall. Quilts have been placed on homes, barns and schools.

Our State magazine has featured the quilt trail in its new travel North Carolina smartphone application. Get the app at www.ourstate.com/app and follow the trail to see a wide variety of colorful quilt patterns across western North Carolina.

Want to know more?

Mike Lucas finishes up the most recent barn quilt added to the McDowell Quilt Trail. This design was created by Marsha McElroy, of the Long Creek area. (Bill Ward/MI Monitor photo)

If you’re interested in adding a piece to the McDowell Quilt Trail, submit an application to the McDowell Arts Council, who reviews patterns to avoid duplication. Learn more online at http://mcdowellquilttrail.org. The website includes a map and details about each quilt on the trail.

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