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First 8×8 quilt on barn is up!

 

 

The barn quilt pattern used by Lynn Moore is based upon a family quilt made by her grandmother.
The barn quilt pattern used by Lynn Moore is based upon a family quilt made by her grandmother.

Pierpont Township is once again the site of a new 8-by-8-foot barn quilt.

Douglas Moore raised the quilt on a metal barn earlier this months. The farm is located at 4963 Caine Road, Pierpont.

Doug’s wife, Lynn, painted the quilt with assistance from Chris Angerman, a trail co-finder.

Lynn Moore took up quilting in 2013, after retiring as a teacher. Her friend, Jerilyn Bell, gives her lessons. An Ashtabula Harbor native, Lynn has a family heritage of quilting. Her grandmother, Gussie Mevada Daily, made quilts and gave one of them to Lynn’s mother, Ellen Marie Updegraff, who willed the quilt to Lynn. The quilt is dated 3.14.1914 and there are initials “E.D.” on one corner, a reference to Lynn’s mother.

As with many former dairy farms in the county, Moore’s Farm once was a dairy farm and has been converted to grain. They grow hay for the horse farm market and store the bales in a Shenango Steel building.

A second farm building, which includes a small milkhouse, is used for storage. Lynn’s farm tasks included taking care of young cows, and she used the stalls in the Shenango Steel building for that purpose. A single window on the south side of the building dates to the summer of 1988. The summer was brutally hot and Lynn had her husband create the window so the animals would have some relief.

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First 8X8 quilt goes up on Graham Road

Standing with the new barn quilt at the Graham Road covered bridge are (from left) Kathy McCarty, Bob Benson and Jeff Scribben.
Standing with the new barn quilt at the Graham Road covered bridge are (from left) Kathy McCarty, Bob Benson and Jeff Scribben.

Ashtabula County’s barn quilt trail got its first 8-by-8-foot barn quilt the evening of Sept. 8. It also got its first barn quilt on a “barn over a river,” the Graham Road covered bridge.

A crew of volunteers, led by Jeffrey Scribben on Artistic Woodworks, installed the quilt on the covered bridge, which is the centerpiece of the Ashtabula County Metroparks park on Graham Road. The bridge was moved to the land in 1971 when a new bridge replaced the ailing structure. Robert and Helen Benson donated the land for the park, approximately 1/3 of an acre.

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The quilt was placed in honor of the Benson family, who were selected the design and color scheme. At 92, Bob Benson continues to maintain the park by mowing the grass and keeping an eye out for problems. His grandfather helped erect the bridge on Graham Road in 1913. The bridge had been relocated from another site farther south, where it was washed out in the great flood of 1913.

The Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Steering Committee funded the barn quilt through donations and fundraisers. It was painted by Karen Rose, a member of the steering committee, and Kathy McCarty, trail co-founder.

The crew that raised the quilt was led by Scribben, consultant to the steering committee. He was assisted by Jerry Rose, Doug Moore, Jim Kujanpaa and Frank Bradish.

Susan Benson provided and operated the heavy equipment needed to install the quilt.
Susan Benson provided and operated the heavy equipment needed to install the quilt.

The hero of the project was Susan Benson, Bob Benson’s niece, who donated the use of a fork-lift crane. Susan operated the equipment, which allowed the team to ease the quilt into place while three men inside the bridge used ropes attached to the top of the quilt to keep it from flopping around.

The quilt will be dedicated 2 p.m. Oct. 12, during the Covered Bridge Festival. The steering committee is serving as the chair for the Graham Road bridge and will have information and fundraisers available during that weekend.

The Graham Road covered bridge is located in Pierpont off Route 7 or Stanhope Kelloggsville Road. It is at the west end of the road and the south side.

Bob Benson and his family selected the pattern for the barn quilt, called "Benson's Bridge."
Bob Benson and his family selected the pattern for the barn quilt, called “Benson’s Bridge.”

Photography by Carl E. Feather / Feather Cottage Media