This firefighter-themed quilt is one of several currently on display at the Yellow Trail Museum. Photo credit: Jessica Brown.
This firefighter-themed quilt is one of several currently on display at the Yellow Trail Museum. Photo credit: Jessica Brown.
The Yellow Trail Museum is currently seeking quilts with a local flavor for its ongoing quilt display as the museum preps for the upcoming 54th Annual Hope Heritage Days: “Recharging Hope” in September.

Since the quilt exhibit opened earlier this spring, featured quilts have been on a monthly rotation, says Jessica Brown, president of the Yellow Trail Museum. Previous displays have included red, white and blue-themed pieces for Fourth of July, floral-themed quilts another month and, most recently, featured antique quilts.

To date, the oldest quilt the museum has presented dates from the 1880s and was fashioned from old flour sacks, Brown says. And, if you look closely, you can even still make out the lettering on the quilt’s backside.

The quilts are displayed on racks in the museum’s annex so that visitors can walk along the rows among them. Museum staff simply asks visitors not touch the quilts, especially the antique ones, Brown says.

When asked about her favorite, Brown readily admitted being biased as one of her own family’s quilts is currently on display.

Dating from 1910, the crazy quilt – named for the haphazard way the pieces are sewn together – was made by Brown’s great-great-grandmother.

The exhibit opened earlier this year when the Columbus Star Quilters Guild approached the museum about offering exhibit space.

“In the past, they had done quilt shows different places, but they had to rent a space to do it,” Brown explains. “It was an expensive undertaking, so the guild approached us to see if we would be interested in showing some of their quilts.”

Quilts that have been featured thus far this year have been quilted by members of the guild or have otherwise originated from Columbus, Brown says.

“They are very pretty and cool, but we are looking for a local connection this time,” Brown says. “Maybe people have an heirloom quilt in their family they would like to display or if they’ve made one themselves, we are encouraging them to bring it in for us to display through Hope Heritage Days.”

Brown adds that the exhibit is a great way to showcase the talent that lives right here in Hope.

“I never realized how many quilters we had out there and how many people are interested in quilts,” Brown says. “It has been neat to see all the visitors who have come to the museum.”

Brown says those who have a quilt they would like to offer on loan for the display can stop by the museum from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays or call 812-344-4737 to make arrangements.