ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (December 10, 2020) — A dedication ceremony was held on December 8 for the new Community Barn Quilt Project which has been installed on the eastern wall of the Alexander County Services Center in downtown Taylorsville. A work in progress, project coordinators believe this display will attract more visitors to the county and town as barn quilt enthusiasts become aware of the new installation.
This is an idea first broached by Taylorsville resident Reita Bryant, said Jack Simms, Community Barn Quilt Project Coordinator and Taylorsville Town Councilman. Ms. Bryant referenced a similar wall completed last year in the Mount Ulla community in Rowan County.
At the dedication ceremony, Simms expressed his appreciation to the project’s sponsors, including Sipe Lumber Company, Rowdy Carver Studios, Impressions Screen Printing and Graphics, and The Taylorsville Times.
Paintings on the individual “quilt” squares were done by artists Darlene Tarlton, Carol Mitchell, Sheila Zink, Allison Houchins, Micki Earp, and the Hiddenite Quilters Guild.
Simms thanked County employees Josh Mitchell, George Herman, and Frank Stafford for installing the art. Simms said they are still accepting entries for additional painted quilt squares, with the goal of filling the wall of the building.
Schools, fire departments, businesses, churches, individuals, and other groups are invited to participate in the project. Simms said that he hopes each participant will have two identical quilt squares made: one for the wall and one to place on their own facility, so visitors can remember the square and connect the entity with the downtown quilt.
The Alexander County Services Center is located at 151 West Main Avenue in Taylorsville. The barn quilt project is located on the building’s eastern side on 2nd Street SW.
For more information about the Community Barn Quilt Project, call Jack Simms at 828-312-2575.