Simons Road barn quilt on calendar

For the second year in a row, a barn quilt on an Ashtabula County building has been selected for inclusion in the international Barn Quilts calendar.

The calendar is published by barnquiltinfo.com, the premiere barn quilt web site. Photos are selected by Suzi Parron, who publishes the calendar and is the author of the two definitive books on the American barn quilt movement, “Following the Barn Quilt Trail” and “Barn Quilts and The American Quilt Trail Movement.”

The calendars are for sale on the barnquiltinfo.com website.

For 2017 the Geneva Community Sampler barn quilt, which was conceived and executed by Amanda White, was selected for the January photo. The barn quilt, Ohio’s largest, is made up of 16 individual blocks, each one sponsored by a Geneva business or organization. The barn quilt is on the side of a Route 20 building, just east of Route 534.

The 2018 calendar features a photo of the Windhorse Star barn quilt, which is installed on the farm of Dale and Meg Toukonen, Simons Road South, Williamsfield Township. The photo was selected for the November 2018 calendar page. The Toukonen’s run a horse farm for retired horses, such as those used in circus acts or racing. Two horses stand in front of the barn for the image, made shortly after the barn quilt was installed. The custom-designed barn quilt was painted and installed by Jeff Scribben and his wife Rachel of Artistic Woodworks, Pierpont.

The Toukonen’s barn is one of several Simons Road South barns that have 8-by-8-foot barn quilts. The road is quickly becoming known as Ashtabula County’s “barn quilt alley” and is the subject of a feature documentary that is in production with a release date of August 2017. The area is rich in Finnish immigrant farming heritage.

Parron got the barn quilt trail idea rolling in Ashtabula County with her visit and presentation back in 2013. The trail was founded by Kathy McCarty and the late Chris Angerman shortly thereafter. Parron returned to the area last year to sign her latest book, which includes narrative and a photo of an Ashtabula County barn quilt on a covered bridge.

Photographer for both calendar entries was Geneva resident Carl E. Feather, The Feather Cottage Media.

Welcome Ron and Estonia Hunt

The Fuller Farm in Williamsfield Township recently installed an 8×8 barn quilt on the red barn at County Line and Simons Road South.

The farm buildings and several acres have been sold to Ron and Estonia Hunt, who “inherit” the International Harvester barn quilt as part of the real estate transaction. Mr. Fuller will continue to farm the land surrounding the house, barn and other out buildings.

We welcome the Hunts to our trail and appreciate their enthusiasm for being part of Ashtabula County’s rural community.

Fuller Farm gets 8×8

The big red barn at the Fuller Farm on County Line Road in Williamsfield Township sports a new International Harvester barn quilt on its west-facing side.

The barn quilt features the International Harvester logo on an 8×8-foot background. Artist was Gary Tabor, whose nephew, Dale Fuller, owns the farm and works the land.

The late Charles and Lucile Cole owned and operated the dairy farm for many years. Tabor worked for Coles in his early adulthood years. Charlie Cole was famous for his cheese shop in the basement of the house; it got started when the milk prices took a plunge and the farmers in the area banded together and had their milk made into cheese.

Fuller works the land as a grain farmer and has the house up for sale. The quilt is one of several on farms along Simons Road South off Route 322.

Co-founder Chris Angerman passes

Christina Angerman, the co-founder of the Ashtabula County Barn Quilts Trail, died at her home in Conneaut on March 10, 2017.

Christina and Kathy McCarty started the BQT in 2014, after hearing a presentation by Suzi Parron in Ashtabula. Chris was an avid quilter and took her passion for barn quilts to the Conneaut Art Center, where she taught classes in painting barn quilts. Dozens of barn quilts made by Chris and her students adorn the homes of Ashtabula County residents.

Chris also painted or contributed to several of the barn quilts on the Ashtabula County Barn Quilts Trail, most notably the Mariner’s Star on the Octagonal Building at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds.

She was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Dayton. Christina was the daughter of the late Otto and Wanetta Campbell Urban. She married Douglas Angerman in 1970.

Christina graduated from Ohio State University with degrees from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Pharmacy.

She is survived by her husband, two sons and their families.

A graveside service is March 15 at Foxfield Preserve, a nature preserve cemetery, in Wilmot.

The steering committee of the Ashtabula County Barn Quilts Trail extends its gratitude to Chris for her vision and dedication to this effort and our sympathies to the family for their great loss.Christina Angerman (right) watches as the first barn quilt on the Ashtabula County Barn Quilts Trail is raised on the Blakeslee Log Cabin Barn in Plymouth Township, June 2014. Christina and Kathy McCarty (left) are co-founders of the trail.

Schoolhouse barn quilt dedication set

A dedication of the 8×8-foot brick schoolhouse barn quilt will be held 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 2016, at Geneva Township Park, Austin Road and Route 531, GOTL.

This barn quilt is being painted by Artistic Woodworks. The CDC of Ashtabula County provided the funding for the quilt.

An open house is being held in conjunction with this quilt dedication. The purpose of the open house is to acquaint the public with the century building and receive input on plans to use it as a museum/learning center for the area.

Video presentations will run throughout the afternoon and Jack Sargent, GOTL native, will give a presentation on growing up on The Strip (3 p.m.).

Please join us for this dedication!

2017 Barn Quilt Trail map closed

Applications for inclusion on the 2017 Barn Quilt Trail map are no longer being accepted.

The Barn Quilt Trail has closed out the year with 81 barn quilts. Our gallery will be updated this fall to provide information on the latest barn quilts to join the trail.

If you are thinking about painting a barn quilt or having one painted for installation in 2017, please download the application here.

Giddings Regiment barn quilt at fairgrounds

Giddings Regiment barn quilt
Giddings Regiment barn quilt

The Giddings Regiment barn quilt, no. 56 on the barn quilt trail, has found a home!

The barn quilt, commissioned by the Barn Quilt Trail Steering Committee, originally was to have gone on the Giddings Road covered bridge in Jefferson. However, the Covered Bridge Festival Committee objected to placing additional barn quilts on bridges, and a new home had to be found for the 4-by-4-foot Giddings Regiment quilt.

floral-buildingThe Ashtabula County Fair Board recently approved placing the barn quilt on the octagonal (floral) building at the fairgrounds, corner of Elm and Walnut streets in Jefferson. It was installed Sept. 26 by Artistic Woodworks’ Jeff and Rachel Scribben. Rachel painted the very detailed applique-type pattern of the regiment’s battle flag.

In installing the barn quilt, the Mariner’s Star that was already on the octagonal building was moved to another side so the Giddings barn quilt would align with the historical marker for the 29th OVI, which camped at the fairgrounds in the early days of the Civil War. This infantry regiment made up of men from northeast Ohio suffered heavy losses and was at many of the war’s major battles.

Barn Quilt Trail tours offered

Now through Nov. 16, 2016, The Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-On-The-Lake is offering guided tours of the county’s covered bridges and barn quilts.

These tours are on Wednesday and Thursday mornings aboard a Lodge shuttle bus. They depart at 8:30 a.m. sharp and return by noon. The cost is $30 per person, and the tour must be booked in advance by at least 24 hours. Payment will be due at the time the tour is booked. For information or to reserve a seat, call 440-466-7100.

Out-of-town visitors can book a two-night stay package that includes the tour. For more information, visit the Lodge’s website or call 440-466-7100.

Geneva’s quilt in national calendar

Geneva’s Community Sampler is the January 2017 barn quilt photo in Suzi Parron’s Barn Quilts 2017 Calendar.

The sampler quilt was dedicated in July 2017 and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the village’s/city’s founding. It is the largest barn quilt in Ohio.

The calendar is available from Suzi’s website and the local committee is looking into selling it as a fundraiser for the trail.