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Tulips in the Fall

It is fall here in East Tennessee, a rather lovely time of year. We are known for our leaves and the color of the mountains. How they turn from green to shades of red, yellow, and orange. The breeze is sweeter, maybe it is the smell of pumpkins and hot cocoa in the air, or the bonfires. Nights get cooler and then days start to get cooler and the scarves bust from the winter closet. Kids go to fall festivals and corn mazes. Weekends are spent picking apples and making apple butter; or better yet cheering on your favorite SEC football team.

Amongst all this fall foliage and fall festivities there are tulips blooming. Tulips blooming in fall? Why yes darlin’! We have a set of tulips blooming in Blaine, TN. See below for yourself….

***to get a better view of the tulips, click the picture to enlarge***

 

Stop 15: Tennessee Tulips at Lakin Quilt Barn

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Happy fall ya’ll!

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The Farm by Joyce Sutphen

Stop 14: Mountain Variation @ Renfro Quilt Barn

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The Farm by Joyce Sutphen

My father’s farm is an apple blossomer.
He keeps his hills in dandelion carpet
and weaves a lane of lilacs between the rose
and the jack-in-the-pulpits.
His sleek cows ripple in the pastures.
The dog and purple iris
keep watch at the garden’s end.
His farm is rolling thunder,
a lightning bolt on the horizon.
His crops suck rain from the sky
and swallow the smoldering sun.
His fields are oceans of heat,
where waves of gold
beat the burning shore.
A red fox
pauses under the birch trees,
a shadow is in the river’s bend.
When the hawk circles the land,
my father’s grainfields whirl beneath it.
Owls gather together to sing in his woods,
and the deer run his golden meadow.
My father’s farm is an icicle,
a hillside of white powder.
He parts the snowy sea,
and smooths away the valleys.
He cultivates his rows of starlight
and drags the crescent moon
through dark unfurrowed fields.

nothin’ like trippin’ down a backroad

What is it about backroads that are so special? Is it because of the way they wind and curve and wind and curve and wind and curve? Or is it the peaceful silence of being surrounded by nature and mountains? Or is it because the speed limit is a little higher than it should be so it calls for fast pace driving with the windows down and wind in your hair? Maybe it is all of that. It is the experience. You experience an adventure. You never know what is around that bend. Is there a farm? A mansion? A turtle crossing the road? A baby deer? Lord forbid a stop sign. Sometimes those roads go on and on and on and on and on and you think they will never end. You want it to end, but at the same time you don’t because once you hit the main drag you know the adventure is over.

That is the great thing about the Appalachian Quilt Trail. So many stops are on these backroads! A visitor, especially maybe someone who is new to country backroads, will have an adventure. Even for us locals, the backroads and AQT will always have an adventure in store. Every time I have cruise the quilt trail in search of my next stop, I always end up on a backroad in a beautiful, unfamiliar, yet homey place. Picturesque mountains and fields surround my car and I feel the wind passing through the car as I drive and drive and drive and drive till I find my waypoint or trail stop.

This is exactly what happened the other day. My adventure was to find Canaanland Park in Washburn, TN to get a picture for the AQT website. Lets just say my GPS definitely took me on a super huge rabbit trail. While on this rabbit trail I got on a “main” back road (a lovely thing in the rural South, a back road that is actually a main road, no stoplights), and found a variety of quilt squares that I didn’t plan on seeing. What lovely surprises! Around each bend was a new adventure on the AQT. There were moments I was so wrapped up in the scenery that a few quilt barns popped up and I missed them and couldn’t take a picture. I guess that gives new meaning to pay attention to your surroundings!

I did happen to stumble across a barn mural, Not Barn Yesterday. This is a very special stop on the AQT. While not exactly a quilt square, it does depict the heritage of this area and everything the trail stands for. It was painted by local high school kids from the Washburn area. It is definitely something to see!

Then right down the road, about 5 minutes, BAM! There on the left was Canaanland. Again, it was one of those I wasn’t expecting so soon so I had to turn around and get to it. Their quilt square is called Windmills All Around. It is a stunning piece, large enough, and purple enough to see from the road. A beautiful long driveway with trees is a grand entrance. Canaanland is available for community events and parties. It seems like a great venue to do a country wedding or outdoorsy/southern inspired birthday party. You will even get greeted by a sheep that is at the road.

After a few pictures there I continued my backroad journey all the way back to the Bryan House. Following those twists and turns all the way to my next adventure…

 

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Stop 12: Not Barn Yesterday, Washburn, TN

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Stop 13: Caananland Land Park, Washburn, TN

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A Rose By Any Other Name…

Stop 11: Rose Center, Rose Council for the Arts

Morristown, TN 37814

website: http://rosecenter.org/

The Rose Center is a very historical and important piece of Morristown, TN’s history. What first started as a co-ed high school built in 1892 has now turned into the cultural center of Morristown. The Rose Center operated as a high school from 1892 up through 1975! After the school closed, monies were raised to turn it into a cultural community center. It now houses an art gallery, educational workshops, art workshops, drama workshops, fitness classes, dance classes, music classes, and a variety of other programs. It also acts as a history museum, and there are still original classrooms open for tours. For more information on the Rose Center’s history, click here: http://rosecenter.org/wordpress1/about-the-rose/discover-our-history/.

One of the biggest events the Rose Center puts on is the annual Mountain Makins Festival. It is held every year in either October or November. Mountain Makins celebrates all things Appalachian Heritage as well as everything art, especially local artists. The festival will have dancers, open art exhibits, old timey/heritage dress and ways of life, local food carts, and so much more. If you need a reason to hop on the quilt trail and really see Appalachian Heritage, this is a great reason!

The Rose Center is also available to rent for your wedding, party, or big event. Community is the word that really fuels them. Not only do they provide services for the community via arts initiatives and programs, they rely on the community and grants to keep them going. Without supporters, the Rose Center, Morristown’s cultural center, would not exist. So take some time and look at these pictures and then go on down and spend some time at the Rose (then stop at Java Garden for a coffee-which also happens to be right across from another quilt square!).

Winding roads, horses, honeysuckle, and quilt squres Pt 2

Last week I shared with you my first two stops on my sunny days tour around Rutledge, TN. For those of you who might be new, here is the link for last weeks entry: https://sawtoothstories.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/winding-roads-horses-honeysuckle-and-quilt-squares-pt-1-rutledge-tn/.

I also got some lovely comments and new followers, so thank you very much! Here are stops 3-5, enjoy!

Stop 3: Trip Around the World

Located right on 11 W at the side of the road, just getting off the road to take a picture was an adventure. 5 turnarounds and a driveway later I finally found a good spot to land a picture or two. Look at those wild daisies and other wild flowers! To view the square, click the picture below to enlarge it.

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Stop 4: Confederate Rose on Joppa Mountain Road

Isn’t this a beauty? This is a little shed on the right side of the road. It is right across from a very gorgeous old fashioned home that house two great Pyrenees dogs. I found that out because they barked at me as I stopped in the middle of the road to take a picture (yes, I did it country style, just stopped in the middle of road). I loved the honeysuckle that was creeping all around the shed. It made the air so fragrant and luscious.

 

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Stop 5: Little Dutch Girl @ The Corum House

This sweet girl is right next door to the Bryan House. She is all ready for summer decked out in  her pale yellow gingham dress and sun bonnet to match. The old shed really adds character to the quilt square. Not only is the little Dutch girl sweet, it is also a family quilt!  Julie Wilson’s grandmother, Nana, made this quit for her and Julie in turn made it into a barn quilt square.

 

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