Exemplary Service Award, Barbara Tolleson Honored
The Silver Anniversary of the Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival was dedicated to Barbara Tolleson as a tribute to her leadership for the past 25 years. She was honored at the Preview Dinner and Auction on Sept. 20, 2013
As the Director of the Algood Senior Citizen Center she organized the first festival and has served on the board every year since.
Barbara's appreciation of quilts began when she was a child. She has loved quilts all her life. Her talents and skills have focused on restoring quilts. Over the years she has purchased many quilts in need of repair and beautifully restored them. One feature of the 2013 Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival was a special exhibition of her personal quilts.
Board members Nancy Pardue and Betty Robinson worked over the past year on an unique quilt which was presented to Barbara as her award, truly a very special gift. Each block of the quilt has one of the last 25 years in the center and is surrounded by the signatures of those that worked with Barbara that year.
Barbara Tolleson is the third recipient of the Exemplary Service Award. JoAnn Gill received the award in 2011 and Judy Roberson received it in 2012.