Friday, September 23, 2016

The Brown's Ferry Park block is #27

#27 on the Quilt Barn Trail is now installed on its great old barn, circa 1940's, at 5855 SW Nyberg Lane, Tualatin.  This is the Brown's Ferry Park, and is a short walk from the parking lot.   "Crossed Canoes" is the name of this traditional quilt block, chosen because a quiet stretch of the Tualatin River is just behind the trees.  In the summer, you can canoe or kayak the river here, bringing your own or renting one.  The Tualatin River Greenway Trail for walking or biking runs along the river for a few miles and was just opened in 2016.  It is seen just to the right of the barn and is about at the easternmost end of the trail.   Photo courtesy of City of Tualatin.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cawrse Century Farm and the Laurel Community Hall



 
This block, at the Cawrse Century Farm, 34850 NW Zion Church Rd, Cornelius, OR, is a standout on this old white barn.  It is best viewed going west on Zion Church Rd, just before coming to the Susbauer intersection.  The block is a Bethlehem Star, chosen because Steve Cawrse just liked it.  It is # 26 on the Trail.

 
The Laurel Community Home Club picked this variation of a Friendship Star Block for their hall because they have engaged in fellowship and community projects for many, many years.  They are in the process of preparing for a 100 year anniversary of the building. See this block at 30366 SW Laurel Rd, Hillsboro, OR. It is #25 on the Trail. Two members of the Laurel Community Home Club posed beneath it.   


Thursday, August 4, 2016

An Oregon Trail Story





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.

 


 

Star of Many Points


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.

St. Francis "Old Hall"

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.


Circle of Family

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.


Spectacular Sunflowers


 



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.