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Linton Family Farm

January 13, 2023 2:15 pm

More than 50 years ago The Linton Farm Market was the original farm market in North Oshawa. Three generations of... View Article

Fall Leaves

January 13, 2023 2:10 pm

Ducks, shetland sheep, heritage sheep and Belted Galloways are part of the family on our farm. The theme of trees... View Article

Skuce Repairs

April 19, 2022 3:59 pm

Skuce Repairs was opened full-time in 1988 by Albert (Ab) and Linda Skuce on this property, purchased years before from... View Article

Cooper-McEwen Star

April 19, 2022 3:56 pm

The McEwen family immigrated to Canada in 1829 with four other families from Perthshire Scotland. Peter McEwen, his wife Isabella... View Article

Patterson Farm

April 19, 2022 3:46 pm

Bought in the 1960s by Ford & Carol Patterson to become a potato farm and then evolve into Patterson’s Berry... View Article

Lyall Farm

April 19, 2022 3:42 pm

The Lyall family home was established in 1983 by Stephen and Deborah Lyall. The area has been long standing farming... View Article

Quaile Family Farm

April 19, 2022 3:20 pm

The Quaile family has been farming in the area, and specifically on Mitch Owens Road, since the 1840s. The barn... View Article

Bright Beginnings

November 2, 2021 8:16 am

The corn, wheat and tobacco blocks illustrate Bright’s agricultural roots.  Farmer’s fields still surround the village and the corn block... View Article

Stacked Animals

October 30, 2021 4:34 pm

The Oslands are the direct descendants of Robert Beggs, the first owner from England. Built in the 1870s and restored... View Article

Log Cabin

October 30, 2021 4:20 pm

William Myndert Harris, a United Empire Loyalist, arrived in Port Hope in 1793 in what was then Smith’s Creek at... View Article

Dutchmen’s Puzzle

October 30, 2021 4:18 pm

This property was purchased by Elias Smith in 1799, one of the founders of Port Hope. Over the years the... View Article

Puss In the Corner

October 30, 2021 2:57 pm

Depicted in the corners of the quilt board are the original lightning rods still installed on the early 1900s barn,... View Article

Pony

October 30, 2021 2:42 pm

Of unknown age, this barn was purchased by an ancestor who used the barn for a stable. The image of... View Article

Connecting Community

October 28, 2021 10:42 am

Connecting the community – that’s what The Nexicom Group and its precursors have been doing since Dr. Henry Allen Turner... View Article

Irish Chain

October 28, 2021 10:40 am

What would life be without flowers? So it’s no wonder we have another quilt featuring flowers. Front and centre is... View Article

Thorneview

October 28, 2021 10:38 am

This arresting block is based on the traditional pattern, Carpenter’s Star. But along with the star, the border was doubled... View Article

Sampler Quilts

October 28, 2021 10:36 am

In the spring of 2016, Mrs. Sturgeon’s Grade 4 class, made up of 28 students ages 9-10, enthusiastically embraced the... View Article

Our Community Story

October 28, 2021 10:34 am

This quilt block project was created by the students in Grade 1 and Grade 4-5 at North Cavan Public School... View Article

Farm Proud

October 28, 2021 10:30 am

The Millbrook Agricultural Society’s 8’x8’ quilt block is mounted on the exhibit building at the Fairgrounds in Millbrook.   The... View Article

Horse Over the Barn

October 28, 2021 8:25 am

The “Horse over the Barn Door” is an original design by Debra Jackson in the style of a foundation paper... View Article

Broken Star

October 28, 2021 8:23 am

This traditional quilt block in white and shades of purple is reproduced from a real quilt. While attending an auction... View Article

Spinning Star

October 28, 2021 8:21 am

This traditional quilt pattern is the “Spinning Star”, harking back to a time when spinning one’s own yarn was common. ... View Article

Remembrance Poppy

October 28, 2021 8:19 am

Mounted next to the entrance to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 402, in Millbrook, the “Remembrance Poppy” 8’x8’ barn quilt... View Article

One, Two, Buckle my Shoe

October 28, 2021 8:17 am

This quilt block is both attractive and intriguing because it presents itself not only as a quilt block but also a... View Article

Maple Seasons

October 28, 2021 8:14 am

The “Maple Seasons” quilt block is owner Pat Barr’s unique design that reflects the importance of the Maple Tree both... View Article

Carpenters Home

October 28, 2021 8:12 am

A striking addition to the Home Hardware building on King Street, the “Carpenter’s Home” 8’x8’ block uses vibrant red and... View Article

Hole in the Barn Door

October 28, 2021 8:09 am

Millbrook resident and quilter, Jeanne Moran, has been part of the Cavan Monaghan Quilt Trail initiative from the first meeting.... View Article

Our Family Compass

October 26, 2021 11:45 am

Heather ‘s parents ( Ron & Joyce Forbes) are avid travellers throughout Canada and United States, often embarking on road... View Article

Spiritual Sanctuary

October 26, 2021 11:43 am

The design of this quilt mirrors the United Church of Canada, as well as a spiritual and historic reminder. The... View Article

The Lovekin Family Quilt

October 26, 2021 11:41 am

Richard Lovekin came to Canada from Cork, Ireland in 1796. He had been granted 1200 acres in Clarke Township which... View Article

Traditions in Solina

October 26, 2021 11:38 am

This quilt represents a strong community and a tribute to the Solina Women’s Institute for their 113 years of dedicated... View Article

Connecting With Nature

October 26, 2021 11:36 am

The Gibson’s have been farming 120 years and are all about coexisting with nature. They have bees and encourage people... View Article

Star En Pointe

October 26, 2021 11:34 am

Five generations of sheep farmers have raised and shown sheep at local fairs and National Exhibitions. The natural springs at... View Article

The Honey Bee Comb

October 26, 2021 11:30 am

The darkened tree is a sunset perspective over the Enniskillen Valley as the moon comes up with 5 stars all... View Article

Growing Apples and Wine

October 26, 2021 11:27 am

This quilt design features the soil, orchard turf, blue sky and the yellow sun which are all the elements needed... View Article

The Bowmanview Quilt

October 26, 2021 11:25 am

Generations of memories for Thomas, Wilfrid, Eric & Aaron (TWEA). Cropping (corn), Holsteins, Angus, chickens and pigs at Bowmanview Farms... View Article

North Star

September 27, 2021 5:20 pm

This north star quilt pattern commemorates the contributions of the early Black settlers who founded the British American Institute here.... View Article

Dresden Plate

September 27, 2021 5:18 pm

The Dresden Plate quilt pattern symbolizes diversity with its many multi-coloured “petals” coming together to create a new and dynamic... View Article

Maple Leaf Forever

September 27, 2021 5:15 pm

Our quilt block celebrating Wright’s Fairport reflects the song “The Maple Leaf Forever” — once in contention to be our... View Article

Flying Geese

September 27, 2021 5:12 pm

The Pennsylvania Black Abolitionist, William Whipper’s legacy at Dresden including his bringing hundreds north on the UGRR (Underground Railroad) is... View Article

Wagon Wheel

September 27, 2021 5:10 pm

The Wagon Wheel pattern has been chosen to represent D.R. Van Allen’s original survey of Dresden. Van Allen’s survey 128... View Article

Star

September 17, 2021 3:56 pm

Sunny

September 17, 2021 3:54 pm

Star

September 3, 2021 4:28 pm

Bands of Glory

July 30, 2021 4:30 pm

This property was purchased from Stanley and Vivian Eagleson in the 1980`s by the Scott Family. It is now operated... View Article

Crow’s Feet

July 30, 2021 4:29 pm

The Ailsa Craig Town Hall was built in 1906 at a cost of $5,000.00.    It replaced a previous smaller... View Article

The North Star

July 30, 2021 4:21 pm

  The Municipality of North Middlesex was incorporated on January 1, 2001 through the amalgamation of five municipalities: the Townships... View Article

Pinwheel

July 30, 2021 4:05 pm

The story about this property is extremely interesting! In the early 1960`s, this ¾ acre property was severed off the... View Article

Five Stars

July 30, 2021 4:02 pm

 This property owner has five sons, each having a different birth stone; hence the quilt design choice of  “Five Stars”. ... View Article

Turkey Tracks

July 30, 2021 3:57 pm

In 1871 James and Amelia Hawker bought the south half of the current farm from the Canada Company and on... View Article

Sawtooth Inspired

July 30, 2021 3:53 pm

 The family has been farming in North Middlesex since 1985. This design in these colours shows a ‘3D’ effect of... View Article

Broken Star

July 30, 2021 3:37 pm

This striking barn quilt was inspired by the couple`s ‘wedding quilt’, featuring an Ohio Star pattern. The quilt, which still... View Article

Compass Star

July 30, 2021 3:32 pm

            No matter your ancestry, home is what matters most! Brenda and Frank chose “Compass... View Article

Virginia Star

July 30, 2021 3:29 pm

      The Barn Quilt block is best viewed from the Nairn Road, while heading northward from the Nairn Road/Petty... View Article

Flag Iris

July 29, 2021 5:21 pm

                           Cathy Hanson Romaine-183 George St., Ailsa Craig... View Article

Canadian Maple Leaf

July 29, 2021 5:18 pm

For several generations, this picturesque property has been owned by one extended family; the current family members living here for... View Article

Compass Rose

July 29, 2021 5:13 pm

                                   COMPASS ROSE  ... View Article

Compass Points

July 29, 2021 5:10 pm

    This lovely century farm has had many changes since the first small 2-room house was built over 100 years... View Article

Sheep

July 29, 2021 4:59 pm

This family acquired sheep several years ago, believing that they would require less work than cattle. The two young sons... View Article

Busy Bee

July 29, 2021 4:54 pm

The barn quilt on this property represents this couple`s love and respect for honey bees.  As local beekeepers, they are... View Article

Nancy’s Fancy

July 29, 2021 4:47 pm

The Barn Quilt Committee`s ‘head painter’ Nancy, who is an artist and a quilter, chose this design, not only because... View Article

Scottish Thistle

July 29, 2021 4:44 pm

Choosing ‘The Scottish Thistle’ was an easy and perfect choice for a barn quilt design to adorn their barn. Both... View Article

Scottish Thistle

July 29, 2021 4:39 pm

            John ( Jack) Stewart emigrated to Canada from Scotland via the USA in 1841.  With... View Article

Mother’s Choice

July 29, 2021 4:34 pm

             John Hodgins and his wife Amelia took out a mortgage of $800 to purchase... View Article

Puritain Star

July 29, 2021 3:51 pm

    This site was the original railway yard (1858), station and cattle yard. Back in the day, this was... View Article

Jacob’s Ladder

July 29, 2021 3:48 pm

Over the years, quilt designs have reflected the values and times of the eras in which they were made. Many... View Article

Loon

July 29, 2021 3:34 pm

                                        ... View Article

Generations

July 30, 2021 5:25 pm

The original barn on this property was built in 1898 and stood until quite recently. The main part of the... View Article

Double Poppy

July 29, 2021 3:26 pm

                     The poppy tells us to remember and honour our War... View Article

Egg Basket

July 29, 2021 3:06 pm

                      The house on this property was built in 1894 and... View Article

The Potter’s Wheel

July 29, 2021 2:34 pm

The potter`s wheel spins, its gentle rhythm working to turn raw clay into its final form; material taken from the... View Article

Hands All Around

April 1, 2021 5:28 pm

The red section represents the earliest organizations: from the Church in the centre to the Foresters, IOOF (Independent Order of... View Article

The River

April 1, 2021 5:26 pm

The River River pattern has been modified to follow the shape of Dresden’s River. Block patterns represent fields and forest... View Article

The Dresden Collection

April 1, 2021 5:22 pm

The Wagon Wheel pattern has been chosen to represent D.R. Van Allen’s original survey of Dresden. Van Allen’s survey 128... View Article

Plow Points

July 30, 2021 4:34 pm

 This farm was the home of Gooding Lumber in 1945 and then transitioned into Don Gooding Trailers in 1960. The... View Article

IH

April 1, 2021 5:04 pm

Wheat

April 1, 2021 4:52 pm

Corn, Wheat, Beans

April 1, 2021 3:49 pm

The corn, wheat. and beans represented on this quilt remain a mainstay of crop rotation on many of our area... View Article

Oliver

April 1, 2021 4:10 pm

Dakota Star

February 21, 2020 4:50 pm

#1-Dakota Star This barn quilt is on the west side of our barn. This pattern was chosen to honour the... View Article

The Dutch Canadian

May 23, 2018 8:58 am

On September 7th 1951 my Great Grandparents; Marten Lolle Dykstra and Sjoertje Dykstra (VandenBosch) arrived in Montreal Quebec from Joure,... View Article

Shadow Star

May 23, 2018 7:51 am

      The “Shadow Star” quilt block design appealed to Mark and Lia, not only for its beauty, but... View Article

Tobacco Road

May 6, 2018 9:32 am

Pioneer Line formally Back Street was one of many tobacco farm areas in West Elgin. The industry attracted many Europeans... View Article

Scotch Thistle

May 6, 2018 9:29 am

This Scotch Thistle quilt block is hung in recognition of, and appreication for , the pioneers of Scottish Heritage tht... View Article

McNeil Tartan

May 6, 2018 9:23 am

The McNeil family emigrated from Scotland to this location in 1843. The farm has been owned and continuously lived on... View Article

The School House

May 6, 2018 8:55 am

It was on this lot in 1850 that the first School house was started but not completed. In 1855 a... View Article

Family Quilt

November 7, 2017 7:56 am

Barn Quilt Painters Group

Eight Point

November 7, 2017 7:50 am

Painted by the Prince Edward Collegiate Students

County Apples

November 7, 2017 7:37 am

Barn Quilt Painters Group

Sugar Maple

November 7, 2017 5:53 am

Sugar Maple – Until the 1930s, a huge sugar maple was located southeast of this barn about one mile from... View Article

Star of Bethlehem

November 7, 2017 5:46 am

Star of Bethlehem – Archibald, the brother of Duncan McKillop – whose descendants still manage the farm he cleared at... View Article

Rippling Waters

November 7, 2017 5:36 am

Rippling Waters – Across from the barn lies Catfish Creek on which scows once took flour, lumber and whisky from... View Article

Railway Crossing

November 7, 2017 5:23 am

Railway Crossing – For 90 years, a rail line ran through this farm. The station was located nearby and the... View Article

Rail Fence

November 7, 2017 5:13 am

Rail Fence – Wallacetown is one of the early communities of the Talbot settlement. Once known as Frogtown for the... View Article

Pinwheel Star

November 7, 2017 5:04 am

Pinwheel Star- One of a number of former tobacco farms in the area, this farm today produces cash crops. The... View Article

Peace Star

November 7, 2017 4:56 am

Peace Star – Thomas Ford, from Edinburgh, emigrated to the United States in 1808 and eventually established a brewery in... View Article

Oak Plains

November 7, 2017 4:53 am

Oak Plains – In November 1830 on the oak plains of South Yarmouth Township the “First Yarmouth Regular Baptist Church”... View Article

Log Cabin

November 7, 2017 4:48 am

Log Cabin – Originally Smoak’s Corners, the village once located here became known as Middlemarch, named after George Elliott’s novel.... View Article

Irish Star

November 7, 2017 4:42 am

Irish Star – Col. Thomas Talbot’s first settlers arrived near here in 1809 and were all related to Leslie Patterson,... View Article

Indian Trail

November 7, 2017 4:33 am

Indian Trail – These corners are named for Col. Mahlon Burwell, who surveyed many nearby townships and the Talbot Road... View Article

Grist Mill

November 7, 2017 4:25 am

Grist Mill – The Tufford Barn occupies the site of the Neil McAlpine farm. In the 1830s, when McAlpine settled... View Article

Four Corners

November 7, 2017 4:18 am

Four Corners – These corners are named for Henry Coyne who arrived here in 1817 and built an inn. For... View Article

Evening Star

November 7, 2017 4:12 am

Evening Star – This site was once the home of Sarah Haight, the Quaker Community’s first minister. Haight settled here... View Article

Drunkards Path

November 7, 2017 4:04 am

Drunkard’s Path – Three of Sparta’s four taverns voluntarily closed with the rise of the temperance movement. Led by two... View Article

Dove in Flight

November 7, 2017 3:49 am

Dove In Flight – The great, great grandparents of Lynda Prong, William and Catherine Hilborn, purchased this property in 1862... View Article

Corn & Beans

November 6, 2017 3:26 pm

Corn & Beans – For the 30 years preceding the building of the London and Port Stanley Railway in 1853,... View Article

Compass Rose

November 6, 2017 3:13 pm

Compass Rose- The name compass rose comes from the figure’s compass points which resemble the flower’s petals. It has appeared... View Article

Churn Dash

November 6, 2017 2:56 pm

Churn Dash – Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum is one of Ontario’s largest collections of dairy industry artifacts. Built up... View Article

Bike Wheel

November 6, 2017 2:44 pm

Bike Wheel – Perry Doolittle, a Luton native, built the area’s first bicycle with the help of a nearby blacksmith... View Article

Welcome with Open Arms

November 6, 2017 2:18 pm

Welcome with Open Arms – was Elgin County’s first barn quilt, erected in 2010 by the owner of a lavender... View Article

All Tangled Up

November 6, 2017 1:58 pm

All Tangled Up- The McKillops are a founding family of Elgin County; this farm is now managed by the seventh... View Article

Hoodless Homestead

November 6, 2017 1:02 pm

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead National Historic Site portrays rural life in the 19th century. Adelaide was instrumental in the establishment... View Article

Edgar Fields

November 6, 2017 12:58 pm

This heritage barn was built by James Allan Edgar and John Guthrie Edgar after the turn of the 20thcentury. Owners... View Article

Paris on the Grand

November 6, 2017 12:55 pm

Paris visitors marvel at its beauty and history – the lovely cobblestone and brick buildings, the rivers, bridges, and parks. Located on... View Article

Corn & Beans

November 6, 2017 12:53 pm

Once a quiet rural road, Paris Rd. has become a main route between Paris and nearby Brantford, but was once... View Article

Spinning Colour Wheel

November 6, 2017 12:48 pm

Located in Glenhyrst Gardens, a beautifully landscaped 16-acre park on the banks of the Grand River, this historic home was... View Article

Woodland Cultural Centre

November 6, 2017 10:53 am

The Woodland Cultural Centre is a First Nations educational and cultural centre. It was established in 1972 to protect, promote,... View Article

Bell’s Telephone

November 6, 2017 10:46 am

One of Ontario’s oldest historic house museums, the Bell Homestead National Historic Site is the family home of Alexander Graham... View Article

Jacobs Ladder

November 6, 2017 10:43 am

Built by John McEwan, one of several settlers who came from Scotland to Mount Pleasant in the 1850s, this yellow... View Article

McAlister Thistle

November 6, 2017 10:39 am

The McAlister family’s connection to Mount Pleasant goes back 200 years. Born in Ireland to Scottish parents, Samuel McAlister first... View Article

Crossroads

November 6, 2017 10:31 am

This former general store, post office and residence has been a meeting spot in Mount Pleasant since being built c.... View Article

Musket Balls

November 6, 2017 10:13 am

In late 1814, American General Duncan McArthur set out from Detroit with the intent to attack the British at Burlington... View Article

Dutch Apple

September 21, 2017 5:30 pm

The apple in the middle represents the apple orchard the VanBrenk`s started in 1973 and has grown into a fruit... View Article

Irish Star

September 21, 2017 5:22 pm

Col. Thomas Talbot’s first settlers arrived near here in 1809 and were all related to Leslie Patterson, an Irishman from... View Article

Welcome with Open Arms

September 21, 2017 5:19 pm

Proprietors LAVENDER SENSE Farm, Boutique & Retreat Elgin County’s first barn quilt, was erected in 2010. South of ‘Four Corners’... View Article

Rail Fence

September 21, 2017 5:11 pm

Wallacetown is one of the early communities of the Talbot settlement. Once known as Frogtown for the frog-filled swamps in... View Article

Four Corners

September 21, 2017 5:04 pm

These corners are named for Henry Coyne who arrived here in 1817 and built an inn. For many years, Coyne’s... View Article

Horse’n Around

September 20, 2017 8:07 pm

Mac Lilley Farms Limited is a Standardbred Horse Breeding and Training center. The first stallion Zip Tar, was purchased in... View Article

Turkey Tracks

September 20, 2017 8:04 pm

While turkeys have been native to North America and this area, Norman and Florence McWilliam have grown turkeys for commercial... View Article

Envelope Motif

September 20, 2017 7:59 pm

In 1860 a post office was built in the thriving community of Campbellton. It stood one concession south of this... View Article

Highland Country

September 20, 2017 7:55 pm

This quilt depicts the symbol of pharmacy – the mortar and pestle representative of Ron’s profession and co-ownership of Highland... View Article

Maple Leaf

September 20, 2017 7:41 pm

Duncan & Eileen’s nieces, Dianne (McTavish) Lyons and Nancy Carroll, painted the quilt block for them. The maple leaves reminded... View Article

Tree of Life

September 20, 2017 7:37 pm

One of the earliest and often used terms by early settlers. This pieced tree derives its name from the biblical... View Article

End of Day

September 20, 2017 7:32 pm

Blue and white colors were chosen as these are our two favourite colours. We have lived on a farm all... View Article

Friendship Block

September 20, 2017 7:28 pm

Ken is the fourth generation of his family to own this farm. It was purchased by his great grandfather Archie... View Article

The Thames

September 20, 2017 7:06 pm

Our property is located on a gentle bend of the lower Thames River. Much of the Thames is surrounded by... View Article

Wheels

September 20, 2017 5:17 pm

Situated between Kenny Creek and Horner Creek, both tributaries of Whitemans Creek, this area is rich in agriculture. Nearby Harley... View Article

Window to the Past

September 20, 2017 5:13 pm

Acquired by the Brant Historical Society in 1951, this building is home to the Brant Museum & Archives. Built in... View Article

Patriots Star

September 20, 2017 5:11 pm

This property is part of the Phelps Tract, a 1,200-acre parcel of land granted by Joseph Brant in 1804 to... View Article