DENTON — The Byway Quilt Trail kicked off Aug. 1 at FiberFest 2013 in Denton and continues through Dec. 31.
“Stitching the Stories of Freedom: A Byway Quilt Trail Honoring the Underground Railroad” is a public art project supported by the Caroline County Arts Council, the Caroline County Tourism Office and the Maryland State Arts Council. Sixteen quilt block replicas will be installed at historic structures along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway in Caroline County throughout this year in honor of Tubman’s centennial celebration.
Quilters can visit quilt shops on the Eastern Shore to collect all 16 Byway Quilt Trail patterns to make a commemorative quilt of Harriet Tubman. Each participating shop will have two free patterns available. The center medallion along with a commemorative quilt label is for sale at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore.
The blocks include: Chips and Whetstones for Linchester Mill in Preston; Tobacco Leaf for Choptank Landing in Preston; Hole in the Barn Door, representing barns that served as Underground Railroad stops; Log Cabin; North Star; Whig’s Defeat; Underground Railroad; Children of Israel; Sailboat; Lincoln’s Platform; Cotton Boll, the major crop of the south; Garden Maze; Pine Tree; Maple Leaf; Wild Goose Chase; Wagon Wheels Carry Me Home; and the Harriet Tubman center medallion.
Participating sites include the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore in Denton; Shady Lane Selections in Dover; Delaware Sewing Center in Dover; Mare’s Bears in Lewes; Dusty Attic in Fruitland; Quilt Vine in Trappe; Lilies of the Field in Easton; and Peggy’s Sewing Center in Centreville.
For more information, call Marina Dowdall at 410-479-1009 or go online to www.fiberartscenter.com.