Saturday, May 12, 2018

Reichen Farm is Number 50

Number 50 is at the Reichen Farm, 8645 Old Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro.  This bright block represents crops the farm grows: red for crimson clover, blues for the sky and blueberries, and the two golds for the grass seed and wheat.  They have a wonderful historic red house nearby as well.  Roy remembers building hay bale tunnels, rope swings and lots of other family events.  Now, they host an annual lively 4th of July family and neighbor picnic. 

# 49 is From an Heirloom Quilt

Number 49 is a Priscilla Block, and was inspired by a string-pieced heirloom quilt of Sam Van Dyke's family. The block was a birthday present from Sam's wife Lori last fall, but was just installed Friday.  Sam is the third generation on this farm founded by William Van Dyke.  They are working on a Century Farm status.  See this one going south on Hwy 47, looking east, just before you get to the Verboort exit on the round-about.  The address is 40926 NW Verboort Rd.

Monday, April 2, 2018

More Blocks Have Found Homes!

The Lewis daughters pose with their new block, "Field Corn", on the Flatland Farm.  #48 on the trail, it's mounted on a new barn, with a newly established farm.  The Lewis' grow field corn and this block reflects that.  You can see it traveling south on Hwy 47; its address is 45085 SW Patton Road, Gaston.

Flatland Farm barn with Field Corn block.

  Twin Oaks Nursery has a new Sunflower Block, and is at home with the other flowers and plants at the nursery.  It is located at 10990 SW River Road, Hillsboro and is #47 on the trail.  The barn dates from just after WWII, and is a "Government" Barn.  Veterans who had served at that time could get the barn design and some funds to build a barn from the government.  There are a few more in the county, can you spot one when you see it?

The Graf Barn owned by Jim & Terri Graf is nearly 100 years old and was originally a dairy barn.  After that, the farm grew flower bulbs.  Jim and Terri wanted a Flag Block which looks very handsome on this old barn and is # 46 on the trail. 
See it at 5700 SW Old Hwy 47, Gaston.
#39 has moved to the front of the barn! 
It's on the Krause farm, at 34560 SW Johnson School Road, Cornelius. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Five More Make 45 Blocks on the Trail

Tweet Sanctuary is the name for this fun block at the Unger Place (10300 NW Gordon Road, Cornelius).  The site features cedar trees and lots of birds, so the red-winged blackbird feels at home here.  

AB Farms, home of Bill and Addy Hesse, 11920 SW River Road, Hillsboro, is the site of this stunning Lone Star Variation block.  They have a history with Texas and have family there, so a Lone Star seemed the perfect block for them.

Killin Wetlands is the site of this classic block, Doves in the Window.  Do you see the birds in the block?  Metro has refurbished this old dairy barn at 46280 NW Cedar Canyon Road, Banks. With work still to be done on the site, it will be a bird sanctuary and gathering place for people to observe and enjoy the wetland peat bog and birds.  Indeed, the day this was installed, we spotted an eagle high up in a tree!

Dave and Carole Rohrer see lots of geese in their area, so a choice of a "Chasing Geese" block seemed just the thing.  Dave also wanted to pay homage to the six Native American tribes who lived nearby.  This farm is located at 10229 SW Old Hwy 47, Gaston.  The barn, originally built in the 1930's, blew down and was rebuilt in 1976.  The farm grew nursery apples, hay, cattle and sheep.

The Davidson Farm, 16511 NW Davidson Road, is an example of a typical farm in the 1930's.  Strawberries were raised here then, and now it is a woodlot.  Allison Rogers, a graphic artist, designed this original block, Pileated Woodpeckers.  Look carefully and you'll see the woodpeckers within it.  The building across the street was refurbished by Scott Rogers; it is the old Banks Schoolhouse.  The property has been in Scott's family since the early 1900's when great-uncle Pete Davidson and brother Chet Davidson owned it, and moved the Banks Schoolhouse to the current site. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Now There are Forty!

The Krause Farm, owned by Forest Hills Farms, LLC, is # 39 on the trail.  This block is called the Evergreen Block and represents the logging done in earlier days, with the purple and lavender bands representing the current vineyards there.  See this one at 34560 SW Johnson School Road, Cornelius, best viewed going west.

A variation on a Plaited Block, this Interlink Block spoke to John and Ginger McDonald as the name of their farm is Interlink Farms LLC.  Originally a dairy, the farm has been used for vegetable growing, but now is a thriving hazelnut orchard.  This one is #40, and is located at 30730 SW Simpson Road, Cornelius, just at the corner as you turn from Hwy 219. 

Sun Gold Farms is at 9500 NW Evers Road, Forest Grove.  This vibrant Sunflower block is on the east side of the barn, ready to welcome the sun each morning.  This one is #37.  Charlie and Vicki Hertel grow fresh market vegetables, fruits and nuts currently, although the farm was a dairy in the late 1800's and has been in the family since 1940. 

The Walta Farm, owned by Finegan Farms since 1993, grows sweet corn, green beans, wheat and clover in rotation. The block is the traditional Corn and Beans quilt block is #38.  See this one at 9500 SW Old Hwy 47, Gaston, but it can also be seen from Hwy 47 just north of Gaston.  The barn, while no longer used, is old and of a "drive through" style, so that a team of horses could enter one end and out the other.  

Close up of the Corn and Beans Block.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Haag Farm

This lovely red barn dates from 1904, and supports this Lily Wreath Block.  See it at 4825 NE Starr Blvd, Hillsboro.  This historic farm once produced lilies and is the site of the historic Haag-Shute farm house built in 1890. It is also the site of the old Methodist Meeting House and is #36 on the Quilt Barn Trail. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

July 3, and Two New Blocks Go Up!

The Demmin Farm, 33488 SW Tongue Lane is up and ready to view.  Navy Captain Lester Demmin was in command of a nuclear submarine during the Cold War; we're happy to present "Captain's Star" as Number 34 on the trail.  He came home to farm for a while after he retired.  The farm grows commercial blueberries and other crops.
Number 35 is this small but classic house block at the Taghon Century Farm, located at 1645 NW Cornelius-Shefflin Road, Cornelius.  The property includes several old buildings from the original farm as well as a Sears kit house, the reason for the house block selection.