Baltimore Quilt Trail: Continuing the Tradition of Mary Pickersgill and other fabric designers.
Opportunity for businesses to support the Baltimore Star Spangled 200 Celebration and the 1812 Committee by purchasing small quilts and be listed on a walking and geo-cached trail of quilts within the Baltimore National Heritage Area boundaries.
The Baltimore Heritage Quilters’ Guild, a non-profit organization, is inviting local businesses to purchase wall hanging size quilts and be listed on the Baltimore Quilt Trail. This unique Walking Trail will run for two years from June 14, 2012 until October, 2014 inside the Authentic Baltimore boundaries. Because the Quilt Industry is a 3.5 billion dollar industry, businesses can tap into this large audience of quilter tourists by using the web and geo-caching opportunities. Purchase a quilt or sponsor one for a non-profit organization and be listed on the Trail. Go to Baltimorequilters.com to make your $1,000 purchase for 2 years worth of publicity.
The BHQG is selling wall hangings made according to the StarSpangled200 Committee themes of Inspiration, Representation, and Historic Reproduction. Businesses can purchase these 36”x42” sized wall hangings for $1,000 to be displayed in the location of their choice. The Trail will follow the Authentic Baltimore boundaries and the Charm City Circular routes to enable quilters from across the nation and around the world to experience the City and the importance Baltimore played in the War of 1812. The Trail will also have geo-caching coordinates for a Photo Challenge Cache. Proceeds from the Trail support the Guild’s educational mission and are considered charitable donations.
G. Krug & Son is one of the oldest companies in Baltimore, and the oldest ironworks factory in the country. Their ironworks have been in operation without interruption, at the same location, since 1810. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
“There is hardly a building in Baltimore that doesn’t contain something we made, even if it is only a nail,” boasts Theodore Krug, heir to the oldest continuously working iron shop in the country. For more than 190 years artisans here have hammered out practical and ornamental ironwork that still graces local landmarks as Otterbein Methodist Church, the Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore’s Washington Monument, Zion Church, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore Zoo.
Now they are supporting women in the arts by providing hangers and brackets for quilts that are displayed on the Baltimore Quilt Trail.
Mary Pickersgill had a woman-owned sewing business when she was commissioned to make the 30’ by 42’ Star Spangled Banner flag. While not all sewers are quilters, all quilters are sewers and the Baltimore Heritage Quilters’ Guild is proud to “continue the tradition” of making traditional bed coverings as well as extending fiber arts and design into wall hangings. Be part of this new Trail in the City and support the tradition of women in the arts