Countywide Quilt Trail Adds New Square
Rockingham County Trail Now Features 34th Point
The Rockingham County Quilt Trail has unveiled its newest square, which was placed on the campus of Rockingham Community College (RCC). The RCC campus square is displayed on the Tobacco Factory of the Historical Village, located at 568 County Home Road in Reidsville.
"Rockingham Community College's Quilt Trail Committee, composed of faculty and staff from RCC, developed a concept based on the North Star quilt pattern which refers to Rockingham County having once been called North Carolina's North Star," said Philip Haralam, assistant professor of Fine Arts at Rockingham Community College.
The design and art work for the square was completed by Hannia Adame-Riquelme. Hannia is an Associate of Fine Arts student at RCC who was handpicked for the project not only because of her advanced skill set, but her ability to run with the vision. Hannia took the ideas from the committee and created multiple digital renderings for the committee to consider. Upon committee approval, she transformed the selected design into the final painted quilt panel which proudly represents the college in the Rockingham County Quilt Trail.
'"I'm honored to help RCC," said Hannia. "It started when my advisor asked me to help make the design. I became very interested when I heard that I could make the design digitally. This is my first time doing a huge project, it was a fun experience for my summer and I'm happy to be the person that brought this to life. I will always do art whether it be for personal practice, gifts, or for a business. I?m very happy to lend my skills!'"
About the Rockingham County Quilt Trail
The Rockingham County Quilt Trail began in 2015 as a project of the Piedmont Conservation Council (PCC) with a grant from the NC Department of Commerce. PCC partnered with Rockingham County Soil & Water and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) to make the trail a reality. Since its creation, the TDA has continued to add quilt squares to the trail and promote it.
"The Quilt Trail is a true celebration of the county's local agriculture, community artists, and rich cultural heritage," said Robin Yount, Rockingham County Tourism Manager. "The layout of the Quilt Trail allows travelers to discover the beauty and unique settings each square resides in. Following the trail is an amazing way to see all that Rockingham County has to offer."
Each quilt block on the trail has a meaning and story of its own. Many of the installations on the Rockingham County Quilt Trail were chosen by the participants. The self-guided trail tour allows residents and visitors alike to experience Rockingham County's beautiful rural landscape including historic tobacco barns, vineyards, farm stands, and country stores along the way. The quilt squares are painted by local artists on 4'x4' squares of different mediums. Each square is a celebration of the rich agricultural heritage of Rockingham County.
For more information about the Rockingham County Quilt Trail, including a map, visit https://www.visitrockinghamcountync.com/quilt-trail or contact Robin Yount, Tourism Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage the public to check out our Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all things Rockingham County.