Three daughters of the late Rose Payne Thorpe, from left, Marty Bowman, Ginny Kidwell and Betsy Seaver, were photographed with the new Cathedral Windows quilt square depicting a quilt made by their mother and her sisters. The new square was unveiled by the Downtown Greeneville Quilt Trail organization Friday at the T. Elmer Cox Library. At right is Amy Saxonmeyer, artistic director of the Quilt Trail group.

Friday’s New Quilt Square Installation First Of Its Kind

Downtown Greeneville Quilt Trail Unveiled “Cathedral Windows” at the T. Elmer Cox Library on March 18.

The “Cathedral Windows” 4-by-4-foot painted quilt square unveiled Friday afternoon at the T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library was the first of its kind — a free-standing installation.

The unveiling ceremony and reception were sponsored by the Downtown Greeneville Quilt Trail.

Ginny Kidwell, Library Board chairperson and former Greeneville alderman, shared some background about the actual quilt itself, which had been made by her mother, Rose Payne Thorpe (Mrs. Charles Thorpe), along with her sisters during the fall and winter of 1974.

Kidwell’s mother was a member of the Lon Payne family from the Cedar Creek community. She and her sisters, Alice Renner, Nell Collins, Agnes Jaynes and Edith Dinwiddie (who are all now deceased), learned to quilt from their mother, Docie Bell Shelton Payne, a creative and talented seamstress who quilted throughout her lifetime.

Two of Kidwell’s sisters, Marty Bowman and Betsy Seaver, attended Friday’s event, and the three sisters provided refreshments and helped with the reception segment of the program.

Linnie Greene, Quilt Trail committee co-chairman, stated that she thought the event was very well attended not only by family members but also by numerous members of the community who seemed to be extremely impressed by the quilt square and enthusiastically supportive of the overall project, a news release says.

Amy Saxonmeyer, artistic director of the Downtown Greeneville Quilt Trail committee, emceed the event.

She explained a bit about the process that is involved in the creation of the painted quilt squares.

She also shared with the guests that this particular painted square is the first of its kind to be installed as a free-standing unit on the downtown trail.

George Blanks and Saxonmeyer designed, built and painted the frame apparatus upon which the painted square is mounted.

“When it came time for the posthole digging and actual installation in the ground, George and I were extremely grateful that two very strong and willing fellows, Jerry Ellis and Chris Murdock, jumped in to help,” Saxonmeyer said in the news release.

She said she had spent roughly 36 hours on the design, layout and painting of the square. In addition, approximately eight man hours were spent on frame construction, painting, mounting and installation.

The Downtown Greeneville Quilt Trail Project planning group meets once a month at the Greeneville-Greene County History Museum, where space is provided for both meetings as well as production of the painted quilt squares, a news release says.

Greene County residents are asked to submit their family quilts and quilt stories for consideration. The committee is also seeking building owners in the downtown area to submit their locations for consideration in showcasing a painted quilt square.

Anyone interested in the above or in donating or contributing to the trail can contact the history museum during regular business hours by calling 639-3278 or emailing christinehuss9@msn.com.

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