Quilt Trail Business Program

Lorelei Garnes, Owner of WNC Social Media Buzz
Folkmoot USA, Crane
Waynesville PD, Stars & Stripes & City Streets
Maple Tree Veterinary Hospital, Paw Print

UPDATE: We are now only accepting applications for businesses/buildings located in Clyde

If you are NOT a business or building owner located in Clyde, you may be added to a waitlist for Waynesville, Canton, and Maggie Valley. 

Your Business Can Host a Quilt Block, at a Fraction of the Cost!

Project Description: Over the last two years, HCAC worked to better organize, brand, and market the Quilt Trails program. A second phase of that effort is to increase the number of quilt blocks in Haywood County that are connected to small local businesses to help drive tourism to business districts and stimulate the local Haywood County economy. All the blocks will become part of the Haywood County Quilt Trail and highlighted in various marketing materials as part of the Quilt Trails Business Project. 

Call for Interest: HCAC will select 11 small local businesses to participate in the project from the following Haywood County areas: Maggie Valley, Clyde, Canton, and Waynesville. All areas will have three blocks, except for Canton which will have two. Businesses must be the following criteria to be eligible:

  • The business or building owner must be located within one of the Haywood County zip codes listed above. 
  • The business or building owner must contribute 50% of the cost of block creation totaling $150.
  • The business or building owner is responsible for the installation of the block upon completion. 
  • The business or building owner must be a Haywood County resident.
  • If the building owner is not the applicant, the business owner must have a letter of support from the building owner.

How to Apply:

Interested businesses must fill out the form linked below no later than March 22, 2023. Eligible businesses will be chosen on a first come first serve basis based on zip code. 

Quilt Block Design Process: Selected businesses will work with an HCAC artist to design a personalized 32 x 32 quilt block. Design cannot incorporate a businesses logo, but can reflect the business’ industry. The design process can take about a month, depending on the complexity of the design. Once designed, the quilt block will be painted by volunteers at the Quilt Block Studio located at Folkmoot. Business representatives are welcome to volunteer to help paint their own block. Painting can take about two months. Once finished, the business partner will pick up the quilt block and get it hung outside on their building. Quilt blocks are expected to be complete and hung by mid-summer, 2023.

Gillespie Rifle

"The Gillespie Rifle quilt block was designed to honor the gun-making heritage of my ancestors in Western North Carolina. The Gillespie Rifles were known to be very accurate and well-made. They were popular with early settlers of the region for hunting as well as protection. The quilt block design features multiple rifles in a spiral to replicate the rifling of a gun barrel."

The NC Star

“Quilts represent a much-loved symbol of comfort, family, heritage, and community, we chose these two patterns because our heart is in North Carolina, “The NC Star” and we are a little bit of Americana,” “Red, White, and Blue”

Traditional vs. Modern Quilt Block Designs

Traditional block designs are modeled after historic blocks. Whereas modern designs do not resemble traditional blocks, but must look like actual quilt blocks, something a quilter could actually piece and sew together. See examples below:

Traditional Quilt Block Design

Haywood Regional Medical Center

Traditional Quilt Block Design

Southern Porch at The Imperial, Bayleaf

Modern Quilt Block Design

WNC Social Media Buzz

Modern Quilt Block Design

Old Fort Outdoors

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