Monday, September 12, 2016
Posted by Julie at 9:46 AM
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Lyle Spiesschaert's great-grandfather came from Illinois as a young boy via the Oregon Trail, arriving at Verboort in 1884. The farm itself was established at least 115 years ago. Lyle still has the original covered wagon that made the trip in the 100 year old barn. The new metal siding makes it seem much younger! Also on that wagon was Father Herman Osterman, who founded the St. Mary's Home for Boys in Beaverton. Drive slowly along Thatcher Rd. and look for the Covered Wagon block, an original design. 3150 NW Thatcher Rd, Forest Grove.
Posted by Julie at 3:14 PM
James Vuylsteke was given papers on his birthday last spring to fill out for a quilt block. He had been wanting one, and his children found us and helped it become a reality. The farm currently raises clover and grass seed, but originally had produced grain, hay and dairy cattle. The block was a favorite of Colleen Vuylsteke's mother. The block appears to be folding in and out, and is #24 on the trail.
See it at 2500 NW Susbauer Rd., Cornelius.
Posted by Julie at 3:03 PM
Number 20 on the Trail, this block found a home at the St. Francis Catholic Church's "Old Hall", built in the 1950's. Carefully maintained, the building is used today as a place for charity quilting and food distribution as well as other church activities. See it at 15659 SW Oregon St., Sherwood.
Posted by Julie at 12:19 PM
Glencoe Farms, in existence for approximately 70 years, grows grass and clover seed primarily. Currently in the hands of the third generation of Coussens, they are Belgian descendants. The block, Circle of Family, was chosen from a vintage quilt made by Roxanne Coussens mother. See this one at 6325 NW Glencoe Rd, Hillsboro. This brightly colored quilt block is # 22 on the trail.
Posted by Julie at 12:05 PM
The Harris' Blooming Farm is located at 4800 SW Golf Course Rd, Cornelius, OR 97113, but the best viewing is from Tongue Rd, near the Forest Hills Golf Course.
The barn was probably build in 1882. Originally a dairy, the second owner was a retired dentist and had an office in the barn. The dental equipment is currently at the Washington County Museum. The Harris family purchased the farm in 1977. Peggy Harris is an avid gardener and loved the idea of a block with flowers. This block is #22 on the trail.
Posted by Julie at 11:44 AM