Quilt block unveiled in Cruso

By Vicki Hyatt | Aug 26, 2013
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt Ann Crawford poses beneath the quilt square unveiled on the opening day of this year's annual quilt show in Cruso.

Just in time for the Cruso Friendship Club's annual quilt show, the community was able to show off an added attraction.

One the show's opening day, club and community members got their first glimpse of a 64-inch quilt square that hangs prominently on the former Cruso school.

Titled “Moon Over Cold Mountain," the block depicts a quilt pattern showing a circular moon, a sharp triangular mountain and a symbol for each of the four seasons.

"This exceeded our expectations," said Ann Crawford, who hung the square with her husband's help, the night before the show opened.

Ironically, the $1,000 for the funding for the outdoor display came from last year's quilt show proceeds.

"The design is a traditional quilt pattern, so we decided we would like something that featured four seasons," Crawford said. "You give the concept to them and they have an artist design it."

Planning the concept for the square as a community event. The group decided the design definitely needed to include mountains with gradient colors, and for the elements representing each season, they chose a snowflake, a dogwood, a fall leaf and a hiking boot.

The decorative square is part of the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina program. All the squares are produced in Burnsville and the organization works with a crew of professional artists who understand traditional quilt patterns and understand how to turn a concept into a piece of artwork.

It will be a community responsibility to keep the maintain the square over the years — something made easier by having the exact paint formula from Sherwin Williams used to create the block.

"I just can tell you how exciting this is," Crawford said.

Each year, Friendship Club members make a quilt that is raffled off during the show. Proceeds from that, along with food sales and any other show proceeds, are used for a community activity or event. This year's proceeds will be used for a new heater for the community center.

This year's raffle quilt, “Scrap Basket Bounty – Pinwheels & Nine Patch" featured 1930s reproduction fabrics.

The Cruso quilt show features antique heirloom quilts from local families, traditional and artistic quilts, wall hangings and wearable art. There are quilting technique demonstrations, antique sewing machine displays, sewing  machine repair, scissor sharpening, fabric/quilting supplies sales and long-arm quilting information.