Every Quilt Tells a Story
Quilting has a long tradition in the Upstate of South Carolina and continues today with traditional and studio quilters throughout the area. Many of these quilters are honored in the stories written about the quilts displayed on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, like this one:
David and Diane Schonauer have added another quilt block to their 1892 Victorian house located at 707 West Market Street in the West side Historic District in the city of Anderson, SC. The name of this pattern is Railroad Crossing. This quilt is an example of one of some half-dozen patterns called Railroad Crossing.
Diane took several quilting classes in an adult continuing education program when she lived in Illinois. Each class offered a new pattern, making full size quilt tops. Since she did not have a lot of fabric at the time, nor the need for so many large quilt tops, she miniaturized each pattern the teacher gave them. This quilt was no exception in that the strips only measure ½” by 1 1/2”, and the overall quilt is 17 inches square. It was the first quilt Diane made “on point”. The backing fabric depicts old fashioned locomotives.
She named the quilt “Ode to Dave” in honor of her husband, David Schonauer. “We both worked for Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation, where we helped produce diesel electric locomotives. Dave spent his 31 year working career there.”
Learn more about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail: http://www.uhqt.org/heritage-quilt-trail/