September 9, 2014 (Julian)--Quilt trails highlight the unique culture of communities, display historical art forms and encourage tourism. Over 130 quilt trails exist across the U.S.—and soon, the Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail will become the first in Southern California.
A quilt trail is a driving route along which property owners have installed wooden quilt blocks. The Julian Woman’s Club is sponsoring, organizing and executing this project, which will extend at least 30 miles in every direction from the Town of Julian.
An official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail is planned for Thursday, September 25th at 11 a.m. Wynola Pizza and Bistro in Julian. San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob will participate and the public is invited to share in this historic event.
These blocks are typically 8’x8’ or 4’x4’, replicas of creative quilt blocks chosen by the owners displaying them to represent some aspect of their lives or creative preference.
Phase I of the project involved installing seven quilt blocks:
(1) “Boots” on the Tulloch Ranch barn on Hwy 78 between Julian and Ramona,
(2) “Indian Rug” on the Ponchetti Ranch barn on Hwy 79 north of Santa Ysabel,
(3) “Wynola Apples” on Wynola Pizza’s red barn in Wynola,
(4) “Rooster” on the front of Wynola Junction Antiques and Collectibles,
(5) and (6) “Apple Core Quilt” and “Honey Bee on the Farm” located at Wynola Flats Produce on Hwy 78, and
(7) “Friendship Square” on S.R. 67 at Willow Road in Lakeside.
Phase II is planned to display 12 more blocks.
Anyone interested in participating by installing a quilt block on a building visible from a public road can obtain information and an application packet by calling 760-765-1450 or vising the website at www.Julianbackcountryquilttrail.org.