Ragtime Fabrics Quilt Block “Patriotic”

Ragtime Fabrics is a pennyworth fabric shop located in Downtown Harrisonburg. Housed in the old Rockingham Motor Company building, Ragtime Fabrics is your destination for priceless projects and heirlooms. Whether you are a seasoned seamstress or looking to start your first sewing project, Ragtime Fabrics will have what you need. Since 2003, the helpful staff has been providing customers with the tools they need for any unique project. Aside from merely selling the supplies you will need, Ragtime Fabrics also offers many different classes. These range from dress making to learning to quilting and even seasonal classes. No matter what type of project you are looking to learn how to do, Ragtime Fabrics offers a class for you.

Ragtime Fabrics chose two quilt blocks that are on display inside of the store. The first, and obvious choice, was the Spools block. Being a unique pennyworth fabric shop, this block is very fitting. In addition, Ragtime Fabrics also chose the quilt block Patriotic. At Ragtime Fabrics, they are dedicated to supporting America’s troops. They provide discounts to veterans, troops, and their families.

Make sure you stop in and say hi to the friendly staff at Ragtime Fabrics, while you are checking out the beautiful quilt blocks they have hanging inside of the store. They are opened Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Ragtime Fabrics Quilt Block “Spool”

OASIS Fine Art and Craft Gallery Quilt Block “The Labyrinth”

OASIS Fine Art and Graft Gallery is Harrisonburg Virginia’s premiere artist cooperative. Located  on South Main Street in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg, OASIS sells and exhibits the work of local Shenandoah Valley artists and artisans. They offer a wide range of handcrafted works including masks, metalwork, pottery, and painting. With a range of prices and types of work, OASIS has something for everyone.

OASIS chose The Labyrinth as the quilt block for their art gallery. The Labyrinth is an ancient circular design found throughout the Roman Empire and among Native American Tribes.

Come see this beautiful quilt block and browse the art in OASIS Fine Art and Craft Gallery, located at 103 S. Main Street. They are open Sunday-Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm, Friday from 12 pm to 8 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Glen’s Fair Price Store has been a Downtown Harrisonburg tradition since its opening in 1941. Whether you are looking for a costume, nick-knacks,

Glen’s Fair Price Quilt Block “Flashing Star”

professional camera equipment, toys, or just a great time, Glen’s has you covered. Owners Melinda and Gary, Glen’s children, consider everyone that walk in a store a friend. They are always happy to help you find that perfect Halloween costume (of which they have thousands) or unique gift. This amazing downtown destination will be a huge hotspot for the upcoming Halloween season.

Flashing Star is the quilt block choice for Harrisonburg’s “most unusual store.” This quilt block was an obvious choice for Downtown Harrisonburg’s own flashing star.

Make sure to stop by Glen’s Fair Price as you quilt your way through Downtown Harrisonburg. They are located at 227 N Main Street and are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Diamond On Square Quilt Block

James McHone Jewelry Quilt Block “Diamond On Square”

James McHone Jewelry is an amazing Harrisonburg jewelry store. At James McHone they buy sell, and trade fine antique and estate jewelry. Whether this is your first big jewelry purchase or you are looking to sell or trade an old piece, the friendly staff at James McHone will guide you every step of the way. If you do not see that special something you are looking for, they can also create a custom design specifically for your taste. In addition they provide GIA appraisals and repairs. James McHone is always looking to buy gold and silver, so if you have any pieces that are broken or just sitting around your house, you can sell it in at James McHone for extra cash!

The Diamond on a Square quilt block dates back to the 1870s, when the Amish began quilting. This group preferred geometric and natural shapes to more intricate design elements. Their quilts also favored a central design that was surrounded by borders. To James McHone Jewelry, it is the design that really represents their business because James McHone Jewelry is that diamond on the square, Court Square that is.

While walking the quilt trail of historic downtown Harrisonburg, make sure you stop in James McHone Jewelry and see all of the beautiful pieces this diamond on the square has to offer. James McHone is conveniently located right on Court Square and is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

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Hess Furniture Quilt Square “Free Trade”

 

Hess Furniture, located in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg, is an antique lovers dream come true. With two stories of wall-to-wall wood and antique furniture, tables, and chairs, there is always something for everyone. Whether you are looking for furniture at reasonable prices or even a display of early quilting supplies, there is never a dull moment when looking through Hess Furniture.

Hess Furniture chose the Free Trade quilt block to represent their business. This incredibly significant block dates back to the 1800s. Free Trade is one of many politically inspired quilt blocks and is as relevant today as it was in early colonialism. To the owner’s of Hess Furniture, Free Trade symbolizes their interest in both business and politics.

Free Trade is proudly displayed outside of Hess Furniture, located at 139 N. Liberty St. While taking a look at the quilt square, be sure to stop inside and see all the different wonders in store for you at Hess Furniture. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.

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Harrisonburg Farmers Market Quilt Square “Abundance”

The Harrisonburg Farmers Market is a longstanding tradition in the Shenandoah Valley. The roots can be traced back to local organic farmer, Clarence Dellinger, who used to sell produce in the parking lot of the Harrisonburg Police Station. In 1979, Samuel Johnson, a producer grower, started the Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market with the help of community leaders and the Downtown Harrisonburg Retail Merchants. The market was incorporated in 1994 as a producer only market and continues to be a source for fresh locally grown and produced foods and crafts for the community.

Since its creation, the Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market has grown exponentially. In 2008 the Turner Pavilion was constructed and the Market found a permanent home. The Farmers Market continues to generate awareness for the importance and benefits of eating locally and supporting local sustainable agriculture.

The Harrisonburg Farmers Market chose Abundance as their quilt square to symbolize the Market. It represents this open-air market where there is an abundance of locally grown and crafted products for sale. Vendors at the Market sell everything from produce, bakery, and honey to flowers, crafts and even quilts!

Make sure you stop by the Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market which is open from April to Thanksgiving Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 am to 1 pm and December through March on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm (except Christmas and New Years). You can also find recipes, events, and a list of vendors at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market Website. Or check out the Market Blog, which is full of information about local, sustainable agriculture.

Clays Choice, The Virginia Quilt Museum Quilt Square

After walking around Harrisonburg to see all the squares on the trail, you could end your day by visiting Virginia Quilt Museum, found at 301 S. Main Street.  There are 3 different exhibits each year, a Civil War gallery, a small collection of antique sewing machines, and a delightful museum store found in this Civil War era home.  It’s said that a ghost haunts the premises, and there are several architectural features of interest.  Adult admission is $7 for the self guided tour, and the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday.

The Virginia Quilt Museum opened its doors in 1995. The museum came out of the Virginia Documentation Project of the Virginia Consortium of Quilts, which was formed in 1984. The goal of this organization is to save the stories of quilts and quilters of both older and more contemporary quilters. The Virginia Quilt Museum provides a home to preserve the rich quilting heritage. In the year 200, the museum was designated the official quilt museum of the Commonwealth by the Virginia General Assembly.

The Virginia Quilt Museum is housed in what is known as the Warren-Sipe House. This home was built in 1856 for Edward Tiffin Harrison Warren and his wife Virginia Magruder. During the Civil War, Warren served in the 10th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regulars. He was killed in May of 1864 at the Battle of the Wilderness. It is said that the ghost of a Confederate soldier has been seen standing at the top of the center hall staircase in the house. Clad in full uniform, some say that the ghost silently peers down the steps and others say he slowly descends the staircase. A young Confederate soldier, Joseph Latimer, who was wounded at Gettysburg, died of his injuries in the house. Perhaps he is the ghost. A book about him is available in the Museum Shop. In 1894, the house was sold to George E. Sipe, a prominent local attorney and member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Mr. Sipe added an attic and a first floor kitchen to the original structure. His most admired additions are the beautiful carved mahogany fireplace mantels and the inlaid wood floors located on the main level. Both architectural features inspire visitors to create quilt patterns from their designs.

The City of Harrisonburg acquired the house in 1956 and for many years it was used as the recreation center, serving 120 children per day. The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society took up residence in the building in 1978 and remained there until the 1990’s. Prior to the opening of the quilt museum, court was held at the site while the old courthouse on the square was being renovated. A holding cell was installed on the first floor during that time to hold prisoners; the jail is now used to house items for incoming exhibits. Renovations to the house began in the summer of 2001. A new educational area, including a “Hands-On” children’s room, has been created in the basement level of the building. This was once the location of the original kitchen and Mr. Sipe’s billiards room. Termite damage to floor joists was discovered during the renovation, requiring the entire basement floor to be removed, creating a large dirt pit. The exposed dirt resulted in an archeological dig that uncovered artifacts, giving insight into the lives of former residents. Displays of these artifacts can be viewed throughout the museum. Other renovations include handicap accessible restrooms, a new quilt storage area and a research library.

The Virginia Quilt Museum chose to use the Clay’s Choice Quilt Square. This quilt square originally honored Henry Clay (1777-1852), a prominent civil war-era statesman who dominated American politics at the state and national level for over 30 years. Henry Clay is well-known for his stance against slavery during the Civil War and is noted for stating, “I’d rather be right than be president.” This quilt square symbolizes the celebration of Virginia’s rich quilting heritage at the Virginia Quilt Museum.

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Friendship Basket, the Hardesty-Higgins Quilt Square

The Hardesty-Higgins House, located in downtown Harrisonburg, is operated by Harrisonburg Tourism. Inside the house is a Virginia State Certified Regional Visitor Center. In addition, the Hardesty-Higgins House is home to the Rocktown Gift Shoppe, the Vally Turnpike Museum, and the Civil War Orientation. Since opening its doors in 2005, the friendly staff is there to help both visitors and the community alike.

Similar to the rest of the Shenandoah Valley, the Hardesty-Higgins House is steeped in history. Named for the first mayor of Harrisonburg, Isaac Hardesty. The house also bears the name of physician Henry Higgins, who originally began construction on the house in 1848. Isaac Hardesty incorporated Harrisonburg and became the first mayor on March 16, 1849. Following the civil war, the house served as an Inn. It also was the home to the Virginia Craftsmen, who made handcrafted furniture in the Valley from the 1920s to 1980s.

Today, the Hardesty-Higgins House serves as a visitor center “Where History and Hospitality Meet.” This motto, along with Harrisonburg’s nickname of “The Friendly City” aided in choosing what Quilt Square to select. The square is called “Friendship Basket” and embodies the values of the Hardesty-Higgins House.

This square is located inside of the Hardesty-Higgins House, so make sure you go inside and check it out!

Corn and Beans, the Friendly City Food Co-op Quilt Square

Friendly City Food Co-op is a full-scale, natural and organic grocery store located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Since its opening in July of 2011, Friendly City Food Co-op focuses on using local farmers and producers to provide the community with natural, nutritious, sustainable foods. The goals of this organization is to ensure that the Shenandoah Valley has a vibrant local economy, fair and friendly relationships, healthy consumers and producers, and a healthy environment.

The Friendly City Food Co-op chose a quilt square known as Corn and Beans. This is a traditional 9-patch block. The square symbolizes the connection between generational farmers and local consumers at Friendly City Food Co-op.

The square itself presents a history of the many settlers and pioneers in early America. Corn and beans were the main staples of the diet for much of the population at this time. The corn was incredibly important as it was used to make flour. The pole bean was planted so that it could climb up the corn plants as they grew.

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