Quilt Blocks in Cavan Monaghan

BarnOwlBlockQuilt Block #1:

3 Bank Street North, Millbrook
Barn built c. 1837; present structure is a replica of the original
House built in 1837 for John Sowden

Designed and created by Millbrook resident and quilter, Jeanne Moran. The quilt design is “Hole in the Barn Door”. The Owl is an appliqué pattern. This block celebrates the Barn Owls, a quilting group that has been meeting regularly in Jeanne’s barn since 1996. Each of the members has been touched in some way by cancer and they are part of the Quilts for Cancer in Peterborough and Ida. Jeanne says, “Some days we do a lot of hooting.” Jeanne and her husband are privileged to live in the oldest house in Millbrook, built on the banks of Baxter Creek.

 featureQuilt Block #2:

A sample quilt block was created by Cavan Monaghan resident Susan Rice.
She said, “I created my bargello quilt at a class at the former quilt shop in Millbrook, Quilts n Critters.
It reminds me of the rolling Cavan Hills where I live. The hills and valleys are easily captured in the bargello wave quilt by using multiple colours of fabric.

“This stunning block based on her quilt, is eye catching and captures the essence of our township so well!

Quilt Block #3

“Home Hardware”

Dave Britton, manager of our local Home Hardware, and his organization vocalized early support for this project and were eager to participate. As host, Britton also had a hand in the quilt design. He asked that it communicate three elements into the quilt; Home Hardware’s Canadian identity; its central role in the communities in which it operates; and the nature of the business. Quilt designers Kate DeKlerk, Bonnie McQuarrie and Debra Jackson translated Home Hardware’s story into a colourful and meaningful quilt design incorporating the three components requested. The Maple Leaf block in the centre of the quilt reflects the Canadian heritage of the business. The stylized house design in Home Hardware colours reflects the community focus of the business, and the carpenter wheel surrounding the house reinforces the nature of the business- home improvement tools and supplies for the homeowner.

Quilt Block #4

“Beechwood Schoolhouse”

513 Sharpe Line, Cavan

The “Beechwood Schoolhouse” quilt block is based on a traditional Schoolhouse design, modified to mirror Beechwood’s features, and is framed by a motif of beech leaves to reflect the name. Adrian and Cathy Olley bought this property in 2013 and continue to cherish the one room schoolhouse that was so well preserved by its previous owners, Murray and Bronwen Hofstetter.

Beechwood School was constructed in 1864, using locally manufactured bricks from the Cavan brickyard, which were also used in St. John’s Anglican Church in Ida. The school replaced Sharpe’s School (1834), once located just to the south. At least nine of Beechwood’s teachers were from the Sharpe family; others were from the Stewart, Lough and McCamus families. A well to supply water to the school was dug in 1937 and an outdoor pump installed. A wood stove supplied heat in the winter months; it also served as an ideal surface for students to warm up lunch buckets of soup and toast sandwiches! Beechwood School (S.S.#4, Cavan) was closed in 1963 when North Cavan School opened, and in 1965 the property was sold to the Hofstetters, who used the schoolhouse as an artist’s studio, preserving the blackboards and some of the other furnishings. It now serves as Cathy Olley’s quilting studio. In 2016, a school reunion attracted close to 40 former students back to the site, with many a tale to tell.

Block designed by Cathy and Adrian Olley, Kate DeKlerk, Debra Jackson and Bonnie McQuarrie.

Block painted by Jeanne Moran.

Quilt Block #5
Natarajasana – Dancer’s Pose
1128 Tapley ¼ Line, Fraserville
This unique quilt block design conceived by H.A.R.T. Yoga studio owner Wendy Gerolamy.
This pose, described as a heart-opener, tones and lengthens, stimulates and expands, developing balance and concentration. These are among the positive benefits that Wendy, a registered Yoga teacher, passes on to her students at her peace-filled and comfortable studio nestled among mature trees on the property she and her husband Steve own northwest of Millbrook.
When Wendy began practicing yoga 18 years ago, she knew it was something she would follow for the rest of her life. “It’s a great way to connect to yourself,” she states, “ and to nourish the mind, body and soul.” Guiding every student to achieve a sense of calm and well-being while developing a greater understanding and appreciation of self are the goals of a true Yoga teacher, Wendy feels, and she encourages growth and grounding through the practice of flow movement and focused breathing.
For more information: hartyoga.ca

Quilt Block #6

“Maple Seasons”
1477 Sunset Drive, Cavan

The “Maple Seasons” quilt block is owner Pat Barr’s unique design that reflects the importance of the Maple Tree both in the lives of Pat and her husband David, and also in this community and beyond. The colours represent the changing seasons that are so distinctive and evident to those who live among the maples. Pat and David Barr bought this 13 acre parcel in 2004 after a four year search in the area for a retirement property where they could pursue the small, home-based hobby that was seasonal, rewarding and out in the fresh air: making maple syrup was the obvious choice for them!

Making maple syrup was part of David’s experience growing up on a farm in the Ottawa Valley, and it had also been a hobby of Pat’s Dad, who passed along to them all the equipment to get started.

The sugaring process usually begins early in March and can extend well into April depending on Mother Nature. Cool nights below zero, followed by days with above zero temperatures, are required to allow the sap to expand up from the roots and into the trunk and branches. The trees are tapped, spiles are placed in the holes and metal buckets are hung on the spiles. Then the wait for the dripping begins! It’s very rewarding going out to collect the sap and finding the buckets full! The sap is boiled over an outdoor fire, then filtered and finished in the house. Theirs is only have a small operation (60-100 trees), but they are able to supply friends and family with some of the best syrup around! Their syrup has travelled across Canada, and overseas to England, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Japan and Australia.

Block designed by Pat Barr and Debra Jackson.

Block painted by Jeanne Moran.


Quilt Block #7

”Peak Garden”
8 Anne Street, Millbrook

A replica of the quilt Liz Avery’s mother made for her in 1985, this unique appliqué quilt block bursting with lupins, foxgloves, fuschias and forget-me-nots recalls for Liz her grandfather’s mountaintop garden, aptly named Peak, located in Springville, New York State.  Liz remembers her mother’s father teaching her as a young child how to wear foxgloves on her fingers and make hollyhock dolls.  Creativity runs in the family:  Liz’s mother, Kashi Carter, was well known, mid 20th century, for her handcrafted sets of historical dolls that became valuable collectibles.  A former member of the Oakville Stitchery Guild, Liz herself is a skilled and ingenious needleworker, and always has at least half a dozen projects underway when she isn’t out in her own beautiful garden or up to something creative in the village and beyond.

Liz and her husband Hal moved to this Second Empire home with its characteristic cedar shake Mansard roof in 2005.  The house was built by carriage maker Alexander Ferguson in 1863.  The property extends down to a meandering stream where, a century ago, Gordon McIvor’s oatmeal mill stood just to the east.   Liz has created a small pond that features water iris, lily pads and wild phlox.  A series of colourful flower beds cover the slope from house to pond and, in front, memories of Peak Garden are reflected in the hollyhocks and lupins.

Block designed by: Liz Avery, after Kashi Carter

Block painted by Liz Avery, Maya DeMaria, Betty Hobson, Jeanne Moran, Glen Spurrell

Barn Quilt Trail Etiquette:

Please Respect Private Property. Most quilt blocks are installed on private property and should be viewed from the road. Please do not trespass.

In some cases – only where clearly indicated – the barn quilt may be located on a business and the property may be open to the public.

Please drive carefully. Stopping along busy roads can be dangerous and illegal. Use caution when slowing or stopping near a site