The trail program began in June 2009 as part of a grassroots interest to extend the Quilt Trail of Western North Carolina to McDowell County.
The purpose of McDowell County Quilt Trail is to promote tourism; preserve history and help improve the economy in McDowell County. We are a program of the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA). We see our blocks as community art that are connected by name or design to the history of the land, building or family that is hosting the block while bringing life to our buildings.
MCDOWELL QUILT TRAIL ADDS “ALLISON’S HEART” BLOCK
Early Tuesday morning August 5, 2014 Eunice Allison had no idea what was going on around her home as a pickup truck and other cars were coming up the driveway. Her children and friends had been keeping a surprise from her and she had no idea that she was about to become host for Block #162 on the McDowell Quilt Trail.
Freddie Killough, daughter to Eunice and Executive Director of the Marion Economic Development and Business Association, had been gifted a blank block by a friend of the family. She along with her six siblings decided on a design for the block and that it should be mounted on their home place at Mt. Hebron Road. Upon learning of the block Eunice replied “well, for goodness sake” and that she had “no clue” as to what was taking place...