PICKENS — The Gatehouse Restaurant on Ann Street in Pickens has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail with a quilt block called Pickens Where the Mountains Begin.
The block was designed and quilted by Elizabeth (Betty) Dalton of Pickens.
“I collaborated with my good friend and sister quilter, Angeline Byers, to come up with a design,” Dalton said. “She found a similar block on the Internet which I edited somewhat. It is a stylized mountain landscape. The blue pieces represent the Blue Ridge Mountains. Of course the orange circle represents the sun and the triangle represents Glassy Mountain. At the bottom of the triangle are darker colors representing the homes and farms found there.”
Dalton taught seventh grade mathematics at Pickens Middle School for 50 years. She had been a lifelong seamstress, having learned to sew in 4-H.
“In those days we had to make hidden plackets rather than use expensive buttons. We learned to make them, though, thanks to Matilda Bell of McCormick, who was the Home Demo agent,” she said. “I also learned by making clothes for my Shirley Temple doll. Then I was invited to join the Upcountry Quilters Guild in Pickens and was given a year’s membership as a birthday present. I was always a soft touch for fabric and I especially like bright colors.”
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