Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pioneer Bluffs joins the American Barn Quilt Trail

As Printed in the Emporia Gazette, June 15, 2012

The largest public art project in the nation has arrived in Chase County with the creation of “Pioneer Star,” a barn quilt at Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green.

The American Barn Quilt Trail includes more than 3,000 barn quilts, inviting visitors to travel the countryside to enjoy barn quilt art. With “Pioneer Star” at Pioneer Bluffs, Chase County joins Franklin County as the only two Kansas counties to feature barn quilts.

“Pioneer Star” is the dream of two Pioneer Bluffs volunteers, Susan Sauble Hague, board president, and Elaine Jones, advisory board member. “Pioneer Bluffs was a natural choice for the project,” said Jones. “The barn quilt will introduce people to the rural traditions of this ranch.”

“I’ve known about the barn quilt trail for several years, and since I’m a quilter I was curious about it,” said Hague. “A good friend and I talked often about taking a trip to see some parts of the quilt trail in the East since there were none (at that time) in Kansas.” Hague said when she shared her dream with Jones, “things just sort of snowballed, and Elaine and I made it happen. We named our block ‘Pioneer Star’ in honor of the pioneers who settled here.”

“Selecting the colors was great fun,” said Jones about the design process. “Susan thinks in fabric and I in paint, so she made a fabric square and I made about 14 little watercolor examples which we taped up on a wall. Susan then translated the small design we selected to the large-scale panels.” When it came time to position the 8-foot-square quilt on the barn, “we chose the side that was the best view, coming from the south on Kansas Scenic Byway 177 overlooking a long stone wall, historic to the property.”

The iconic barn at Pioneer Bluffs was built in 1915 by Henry and Maud Sauble Rogler and is part of Pioneer Bluffs Historic District, a classic early 1900s ranch headquarters on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Pioneer Star” can be viewed during daylight hours. Pioneer Bluffs, including The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. For information, contact Lynn Smith, executive director, at (620) 753-3484 or lynn@pioneerbluffs.org.

Pioneer Bluffs is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve history, respect the land, and engage community. Pioneer Bluffs is located one mile north of Matfield Green or 15 miles south of Cottonwood Falls on Flint Hills National Scenic Byway K-177.


1 comment:

  1. My love of quilting was learned from my grandmother and mother-in-law.Mother-in-law lived in the country.Ever so often I head to see the country barns.Now I can enjoy them even more.Many thanks to the ones who are wanting to keep quilting alive!