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NNY Living Magazine 

Article by Kari Robertson

Also in its third year is the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail. These original, professional looking artworks are popping up all over the north country. They are painted on large boards and affixed to barns, houses, businesses, government buildings. There are at least 50 completed and more to come. The colorful works are lovely year-round, but really stand out against the cool of winter.

Take it to the next step by visiting the barn quilters’ studio, in the basement of the Hammond Free Library. It is open 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, and additional hours by request. The public is welcome to observe, chat, and create. Former art teacher Pam Winchester, along with the others in the group, are excited to help anyone who is interested. They offer “brushes, tools and camaraderie.” Alternatively, barn quilts may be purchased, which helps to defray costs of running the public art program.

Jennifer McGregor recently finished and mounted her piece, “Scottish Pride” on her barn in Hammond. It was designed to reflect her heritage, blending the traditional thistle and tartan. “This is something that is brand new for me. I paint, but not artistically. I had lots of help by people here. There is always someone on hand to help if needed.”  As she prepared a board for a new painting, Jen said, “There is teamwork down here!”

The Barn Quilters’ community spirit carries this project into new areas and activities each year. Pam Winchester is working on a piece themed around her mother’s tea set and will welcome the community to a unique kind of tea party upon completion. The group is planning a garden barn quilt project and a fairy house project for this summer. Mrs. Winchester says “You see a need in the community and you do it.” And accompanying artist Nancy Misenko continued, “We know how to get things done!”




Once cows and hay, now music and art, fill an old Hammond barn

Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Grand Opening Extravaganza!

August 1, 2015 –

grand-opening-celebration-2015Join us for history in the making at the GRAND OPENING Celebration of the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail!  The FIRST and ONLY Trail in St. Lawrence County.  You’re invited to a two day Quilting Extravaganza!FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015 ~

Quilt Show Opening Day 2-4 PM

Quilt Show & Vendor Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM
      Barn Quilt Trail Bus Tours: 1 – 2:30 PM & 4 – 5:30 PM
      Barn Quilt Dedication Ceremony: 3:00 PM

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A fun-filled August weekend is planned in Hammond! Are you ready?  The Chippewa Bay Poker Run – Paddle For A Purpose will be held Saturday August 22nd in the morning, from 9 AM – 12 PM at Schermerhorn Harbor 1000 Islands, New York.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2nd Annual Chippewa Bay Poker Run will go towards helping launch the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail in our community! Brochures and marketing materials are greatly needed to advance this cause. Support the HBQT by donating directly online and/or participating in the Poker Run. Go here:

Your support means the world to our community and will help continue our Community Betterment initiatives!

For Full Paddle Poker Run Details:

Address: 1A N Main St, Hammond, NY 13646

Barn quilters in St. Lawrence County met recently in Town of Colton

PUBLISHED: FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015 AT 1:15 PM – Daily Courier-Observer

“A group of barn quilt enthusiasts from communities in St. Lawrence County recently toured barn quilts in town before meeting in the Colton Museum. The first barn quilt in the town of Colton was painted by art students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School for installation on the museum before the town’s annual Winterfest celebration in January. It features the little red schoolhouse barn quilt pattern, bringing to mind the early schoolhouses in town and the fact that the building was used as a school after the Colton Union School burned.”

bildeCOLTON – Barn quilt enthusiasts in St. Lawrence County from Hammond, Canton, Hannawa Falls and Colton came together on June 25 to see barn quilts displayed in the town of Colton and to discuss progress being made by individuals and organizations in communities throughout the county.

The Town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee hosted the tour and meeting for barn quilters to compare notes in preparation for events this summer and beyond.

Barn quilts, and barn quilt trails, have become signature projects in rural areas across the country.  While cloth quilts are usually made up of a series of blocks pieced together, barn quilts are typically a single block or square. Most barn quilts are painted on boards and mounted on a barn or other building. Barn quilts, like cloth quilts, often reflect the culture and character of areas where they are located and are made for private and/or public enjoyment.

Donna Sue Groves in Ohio is recognized for developing the concept of barn quilts as a way to honor her mother and Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn in Adams County, Ohio. Her personal tribute inspired a broader effort with the Ohio Arts Council and community organizations to create a driving trail, inviting visitors to travel throughout the countryside. More history and information about barn quilts is available on the “Barn Quilt Info” website.

In New York state a number of counties and towns are part of the barn quilt movement. The Town of LeRoy in Genesee County, for instance, has developed a self-guided driving tour for viewing nearly 100 barn quilts.

The idea of promoting barn quilts in the town of Colton emerged in February 2013 during discussions about ‘Art Around Town’ as a collaborative venture of the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee with Colton-Pierrepont Central School. Ruth McWilliams, as committee chair, explains “barn quilts connect well with the committee’s focus on heritage tourism plus draw attention to the local quilting tradition and related events. They also provide a wonderful opportunity for lots of people to get involved including school art students.”

She credits barn quilters in Hammond with spurring the committee to kick off its barn quilt project with school art teacher Krystal Hewer and her students in time for the town’s Winterfest celebration last January.

Now there are three additional barn quilts installed in town, the most recent being painted by school art students for installing on the town’s Community Center in June before the end of the school year. Now the committee is planning a display about barn quilts for the town’s upcoming Colton Country Day celebration on July 18 and welcomes others in the county exhibiting their creations as well.

The community group in Hammond—called the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Committee—is getting ready for the grand opening of its new trail on Aug. 22.

By sharing guidelines, holding workshops and posting progress on its Facebook page the committee is encouraging other organizations and communities to be part of the growing barn quilt movement.

Lisa Sarfaty of the Hammond Committee says “barn quilts are often created to reflect family history or certain events, and sometimes they are created just to enjoy the beauty of color and design. Hammond is fortunate to have many beautiful barns, a vibrant and supportive museum, an active and busy quilt shop and many quilters who appreciate the value of the project. We are also fortunate that the leadership of both the town and village of Hammond have been extremely supportive of this project to honor and celebrate our community.”

Joan Olin in Canton has been coordinating with a number of quilters turned barn quilt painters in Canton and other communities including Fine, Ogdensburg and Norwood, who attended a meeting held at The TAUNY Center is Canton last October.

Joan reports 10 barn quilts have been painted since the meeting.

During the year Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has been documenting the emergence of the barn quilt movement in the county, collecting images and stories from people participating in the project around the area.

“It’s wonderful to see how the project inspires community creativity and spirit,” TAUNY Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati said. “We’re glad to have the opportunity to document the ways people express their family and regional heritage through the barn quilt squares they’re designing and displaying.”

Anyone wishing to learn more about barn quilts can contact the key people involved in local projects including Ruth McWilliams (, Lisa Sarfaty ( or Joan Olin (

Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Committee nears goal of 25 barn quilts planned for display in August.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – 6:10 am –

hammond barn quilts

From left, Hammond residents Liz Bawden, Jen McGregor, Pam Winchester and Evelyn Saphier.

HAMMOND — The Hammond Barn Trail Quilt Committee says they are near their goal of 25 barn quilts and are planning on displaying them in August.

“Barn quilts are often created to reflect family history or certain events, and sometimes they are created just to enjoy the beauty of color and design,” committee chariwoman Lisa Sarfaty said. “Hammond is fortunate to have many beautiful barns, a vibrant and supportive museum, an active and busy quilt shop and many quilters who can appreciate the value of this project.”

The 22 barn quilts, ranging in size from two- to eight-feet-square, will link St. Lawrence County with the country-wide barn quilt trail that has over 7,000 quilts spread throughout 48 U.S. states and Canada. They have names such as names such as “Mariner’s Compass,” “Storm at Sea,” “Ohio Star,” “Made in the USA” and “First Settler.”

“It’s absolutely amazing how this initiative has attracted so much attention in the north county and beyond, and has resulted in overwhelming participation by the Hammond Community,” Sarfaty said.

Explosions of color, design erupt on Hammond Barn Quilts!

“Color Me Colton” Winterfest Weekend kicks off

North Country Public Radio

The folks in Colton will celebrate winter, community, history, and art at the annual Winterfest this weekend. “Color Me Colton” is the theme and the event will feature outdoor recreation, food, music, quilts, and outdoor art.

A painted Barn Quilt panel was installed Wednesday on the outside of the Colton Historical Society building. It was created by art students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School. Colton’s “Red School House” quilt square is part of the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail project designed to promote tourism in St. Lawrence County. Quilts will be highlighted throughout the weekend in Colton with exhibits in four locations: the Colton Hepburn Library, Town Hall, Zion Episcopal Church, and Catamount Lodge.

Todd Moe caught up with Colton Barn Quilt Project coordinators Ruth McWilliams and Mary Jane Watson as the wooden quilt panel was hoisted into place earlier this week.

Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Project Information Meeting Scheduled

PUBLISHED: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 AT 8:46 AM – Watertown Daily Times

HAMMOND — The Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Committee proudly announces a community-wide meeting on September 16 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 24 South Main Street. The purpose of the meeting is to acquaint residents and business owners with existing plans for the creation of a Hammond Barn Quilt Trail.

Spokesperson and Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Committee chairperson Lisa Sarfaty explains, “A barn quilt is a replica of a single fabric quilt square that is painted on plywood and then mounted on a barn. These personalized 4’ by 4’ or 8’ by 8’ quilt squares reflect the rich heritage and the agricultural character of the area.” Says Sarfaty, “Barn quilts are often created to reflect family history or certain events, and sometimes they are created just to enjoy the beauty of color and design. Hammond is fortunate to have many beautiful barns, a vibrant and supportive museum, an active and busy quilt shop and many quilters who can appreciate the value of this project. And residents who wish to be part of efforts to celebrate these aspects of our heritage are invited to join us on September 16 to learn more.”

Members of the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Committee will be available at the meeting to provide additional information and guidelines for residents, barn owners and business owners who wish to participate and create a barn quilt square. A recently completed 4’ by 4’ barn quilt will be on display throughout the meeting. The Committee welcomes input and comments on this project from attendees and the community.

The Hammond Barn Quilt Trail project and Committee, were begun in 2014 as a project of community revitalization and to promote tourism in Hammond and St. Lawrence County.

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