Canton unveils six new quilt squares
Canton is making its own mark on the Haywood County Quilt Trail after recently adding six new squares to the list.
Until just a few months ago, Canton didn't have any quilt blocks that were a part of the Tourism Development Authority's Quilt Trail, a brochure that leads people on a journey across the county to find quilt blocks and learn about the history behind the building where the block was erected. The TDA's newest Quilt Trail brochure features 44 quilt blocks in the county.
Canton's N.C. Step team, which was given grant money from the N.C. Rural Center's Small Town Economic Prosperity program to achieve a variety of projects to help the town's growth, used some of that money to fund quilt squares on local businesses.
New quilt squares in Canton include the "Travel Star" at the Canton Area Historical Museum; "Sunburst" at 70 Main Street, owned by Neil and Jean McCracken; "Bayleaf" at Sid's on Main; "Five Spot" at Champion Credit Union; "A Salute to the Colors" at the Canton Armory; and coming soon will be "Flower Basket" at Polly's Florist.
During a brief unveiling last week, N.C. Step member Edie Burnette said getting Canton on the quilt trail map was a logical and relatively inexpensive way to make the town more attractive and bring in visitors.
"Quilts are synonymous with our mountain culture and are intensely interesting to many people," she said. "They offer warmth and comfort, they tell stories and often brought a touch of beauty to rustic homes…The squares are an appropriate guide to direct those following the trail through town and into our rural areas that lead to one of our major attractions — the mountains."