Follow the Quilts
by Cindy O. Herman
Follow the Quilts to find Beauty and Fun in Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Community Partnerships, Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D), the Quilt Trail debuted in April with two quilt squares, near Liverpool and in Selinsgrove, and others in the works. Sharon Lee, administrator of the trail, hopes to have at least 10 quilt or rug squares sponsored, and then create a map of them for tourists. “My goal is to show off Pennsylvania,” she said, noting that she’s seen other quilt squares across the country and always enjoys looking for them.
The 8-foot square painted on the side of the Hunters Valley Winery outside of Liverpool greets visitors as they drive up the hill and into the parking area. Finished in a red, blue and yellow “Diamond in the Square” pattern, it sets an artistic tone for the winery, which invites painters to its hilltop to capture the gorgeous views of the Susquehanna River and nearby mountains.
“We show Perry County art here, and we try to support art wherever we can,” said co-owner Darlene Kvaternik, when asked what prompted her and her husband, William, to sponsor the quilt square. “To be honest, it just sounded like fun.” The second square on the Quilt Trail used to rest just inside the display window of the Sewing Shanty in downtown Selinsgrove. A bold “Saw Tooth Blade” pattern in natural wood tones and striking white, it honors former owner Debbie Andretta’s late father, Paul W. Brong. Andretta quilted the pattern that her brother, Mark Paul Brong, of Saylorsburg, then followed to create a 32-inch inlaid wood square.
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