2017 Quilt Trail Theme Revealed

American Genius Highway unveils new Quilt Trail Passport Theme for 2017

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The Missouri Highway 36 Heritage Alliance is excited to announce the 2017 Quilt Trail Passport program.

In its third year and featuring quilt shops from across northern part of the state, the Missouri Highway 36 Quilt Trail is the ultimate quilting experience.  The Trail was initiated to combine an appreciation for the area’s agricultural heritage, artistic talent, and regional history.

The 2017 theme is Seasonal Sensation.  Board Member, Beth Carmichael says, “Our shops outdid themselves this year. Each shop has either a month or a holiday and they have not only made their pattern but have named it as well.”

Carmichael says Sister’s Fabric Farm in Lathrop has April and has a block of flowers and is calling it “April Showers”; Crossroads Quilting in Cameron has June and the name of their block is “Laundry Day”; Midwest Quilts in Shelbina has Christmas and has called their block “O Night Divine”.”

Organizers say this year’s Seasonal Sensation Quilt theme is designed to represent and embrace the whimsical nature of the quilt shops in north Missouri.

“It’s hard to beat the 2016 Barn Quilt theme but we feel this 2017 theme gives our customers the opportunity to celebrate something fun all year round,” says Pat Waelder, owner of the Hickory Stick in Hannibal. “We’ve been fielding calls for the last three months about this year’s quilting project!”

While traveling the Trail, visitors are encouraged to enjoy attractions, local shops, and restaurants. Husbands “along for the ride” will find particular interest in the “Genius” sites along the way that have made north Missouri famous.

Dubbed “The Way of American Genius” for its connection to innovative Missourians such as A.T Still, J.C Penney, and Gen. John J. Pershing, and innovations including Sliced Bread and the Pony Express, Missouri’s stretch of U.S. Highway 36 runs west to east, from St. Joseph to Hannibal.

“It’s a win-win for our customers, the husbands love visiting our regional historic sites and the women love the quilt shops!” says Rozanne Johnson owner of from Rosie’s Quilts in Marceline.

Participants in this year’s program will find shop owners and staff who are enthusiastic to help visitors with any quilting needs, from picking out fabrics to assisting beginners with cutting the blocks. Many are offering their block in a kit to make the project easier. They all want your quilt project to be a success.

The American Genius Highway Quilt Trail includes 18 shops in 16 towns. Many of the businesses along the established trail are located just off Highway 36, while some are within the Highway 36 Corridor (a zone spanning 36 miles north and 36 miles south of the actual highway).

You can learn more about the American Genius Highway Quilt Trail online at AmericanGeniusHighway.com/quiltmap/.

The Passport program begins April 1, 2017. Through the program, Passports can be picked up at participating quilt shops. Visitors can collect a complimentary pattern and get their passport stamped at each of the 18 businesses. The Seasonal Sensation quilt block is unique to each individual business.

This year’s program has three prizes. “Our customers said they wanted more than one opportunity to win so we are giving them what they are asking for,” says Carmichael.  Prizes are:

  • The grand prize: four day-three night Missouri Star Quilt Co Retreat  (good from January 1-December 31, 2018, exceptions apply)
  • 2nd Prize: 2018 MO Highway 36 four Day-three Night Quilt Trail Trip (good from January 1-December 31, 2018, exceptions apply)
  • 3rd Prize: Seasonal Sensation Fat Quarter Basket

To register for the prize, quilters must complete a quilt top using all 18 blocks and have a completely stamped passport.  These both should be turned into a participating shop, where the quilter will be registered for the prize. The deadline for complimentary patterns is October 2 and the deadline for quilt entries is Oct. 31, 2017.

You can find updates and prize winners on the Passport program on Highway 36 Heritage Alliance Facebook page.

Participating Quilt Shops are:

All About Quilting, Richmond

Around the Frame Quilting, St. Joseph

Bits & Pieces, Hannibal

By the Yard, Rayville

Cornerstone Fabric, Smithville

Crossroads Quilting, Cameron

Cuts & Bolts, Chillicothe

Glenda’s Sewing Cupboard, St. Joseph

Hickory Stick Quilt Shop, Hannibal

Midwest Quilt Co, Shelbina

Missouri Star Quilt Co., Hamilton

Quilted Square, Kirksville

Rosie’s Quilts, Marceline

Sew Creative, Salisbury

Shearwood Quilts & Crafts, Jamesport

Sisters Fabric Farm, Lathrop

The Quilt Shoppe, Wheeling

Top Stitch Quilt Shop, Helena

For additional information you can call 816-233-6688 or email bcarmichael@stjomo.com