Quilt Barn Tour - Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
Don't Miss this Year’s Home and Barn Tour! Friday ONLY
Join us to tour the expanded Quilt Trail in Putnam County, visit a log cabin filled with quilts, see many beautiful quilt squares on barns and buildings and return for lunch at the Festival and time to see quilts on display in Algood. This all inclusive tour includes lunch, transportation and admission to the Festival. A photographer’s delight! Call 423.605.7241 to make reservations. $ 39 per person.
Exemplary Service Award
This Year’s (2012) Honoree - Judy Roberson
This award was created to honor individuals who have given unselfishly in support of the Quilt Festival.
Judy Roberson's appreciation of quilts began when she was just a child. She remembers seeing a quilt at her grandmother's house and asking to put in on her bed. She also remembers her mother's talent for quilting. "At the age of seven, my mother quilted a doll quilt made from material from my friends' and cousins' dresses, set together with pink and white checked fabric," she said. "This quilt was my first bedspread and has been on my bed now for 60 years. I had no idea that mother could quilt and was so proud of her. Mom let me cut out my own squares to make a nine patch quilt too. It was my first and last. I couldn't stand sitting still for so long."
"I call myself a connoisseur of quilts," she said. "Thanks to Barbara Tolleson and Jo Ann Gill for letting me tag along on antique buying trips and quilt shows, I had another passion. Tennessee history, log homes and antiques had always been obsessions, so quilts and woven coverlets fit in perfectly."
Roberson works at the Upper Cumberland Development District as an Older Americans Act Program specialist and quality assurance specialist. She previously worked with the senior centers, helping Tolleson, the then-director of the Algood Senior Citizen Center, to create the first Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival.
"You can imagine how excited I was when Barbara Tolleson said she wanted to do a quilt show in Algood as a fundraiser for the senior center where she was the director," she said. "My job as a monitor and advisor to the network of 20 senior centers in our 14 counties for the past 28 years has allowed me to assist in a variety of unique projects; however, the Algood Quilt Show is my favorite.
"Barbara and I arranged a meeting with the founder of the Bell Buckle quilt show, which had been the most well-known in Tennessee for a number of years. Sitting around her kitchen table, we asked questions and took notes. Barbara came home and, with the help of friends and family, organized the first show."
From there, Roberson became a frequent volunteer for the event and her service is being formally recognized this year. She is only the second person ever to be given the award -- the first being JoAnn Gill last year.
"My role has been to do whatever needed to be done from hanging quilts, serving as guide on the homes tour, exhibiting family quilts to driving the bus," Roberson said. "I have loved being a small part of this wonderful community event which brings so many people together."
(Taken from an article written by Megan Trotter, Herald-Citizen Newspaper. Herald-Citizen Photo by Ty Kernea)
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