SIX MILE — A new panel has been added to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, Bursting in Air.
Bursting in Air is a variation of the classic Greek Square quilt block and can be seen on the Six Mile Farmers Market, once the site of the town’s volunteer fire department.
The patriotic-themed block was sponsored through a Pickens County Accommodations Tax grant awarded to the Greater Pickens County Chamber of Commerce.
Kim Smagala, Director and the Chamber selected Six Mile to receive this block to enhance the cluster of quilts already in the area. When the town of Six Mile was contacted with the news that they had been chosen to receive a quilt block, Mayor Roy Stoddard chose this red, white and blue block to honor the four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients who grew up in the Six Mile and Liberty communities.
It will serve as a reminder of the bravery and sacrifice of these men, who gave their all for their country. They are: Furman D. Smith, US Army, medal awarded Jan. 17, 1945; William McWhorter, US Army, medal awarded Sept. 27, 1945; Charles H. Barker, US Army, medal awarded June 13, 1955; James D. Howe, US Marines, medal awarded Sept. 15, 1971.
The stories of these men and their heroism can be found on the town of Six Mile’s website at www.sixmilesc.org.
The patriotic themed square is modeled after one that quilter Doris Land included in a sampler quilt made for her son Karl Tubbs. Doris acquired the fabric and pattern for this square from Viking Sew ‘n’ Quilt, now in Maulden, S.C., when she completed one of the Carolina Shop Hops.
That year, twelve quilt shops in the region participated, each offering its own pattern and fabric packet to use in a patriotic themed quilt. Land was relatively new to quilting and assumed that all she had to do with each packet was sew the pre-cut pieces together. To her surprise, there were no little squares, triangles, and rectangles cut and ready to sew in the packet—just large strips of fabric and the directions for cutting.
She laughs at her beginner’s mistake.
After joining a quilt guild she learned about their efforts to make Quilts of Valor for veterans. She was inspired to use her Shop Hop squares in a Quilt of Valor for her son Karl who served with the Army National Guard in the Iraq war.
Land’s sampler quilt uses the squares, including Bursting in Air, to frame a center Lone Star medallion. The quilt is machine pieced and machine quilted.
Land resides in Pickens County and belongs to the Upcountry Quilters Guild and the Swamp Rabbit Guild in Traveler’s Rest.