At a lunch in late summer of 2009, Greene County Commissioner Marilyn Reid and Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Kathleen Wright met with Donna Sue Groves, the mother of the Quilt Square Trail in America. Commissioner Reid had admired the colorful quilt squares she had seen on barns in Adams County, Ohio and became a friend of the woman behind them, Donna Sue Groves. Now, Reid wanted Groves’ advice about creating a similar trail in Greene County.
“Get the community involved,” was Groves’ advice. So word went out and twenty quilt en-thusiasts came together to hear Groves, Reid and Wright explain the concept. Enthusiasm was unanimous. Over the next few months, those twenty volunteers along with nine others worked on the details of making a dream into a reality. As the year was winding down and planning was turning to the details of plywood and paint, Beth Bridgeman and Melanie Hart of the OSU Extension office suggested asking Greene County’s 4-H clubs to take on the quilt square trail as a community project.Thirty clubs accepted the challenge and the Greene County 4-H Quilt SquareTrail was born.Each club would select a pattern and create an eight-foot by eight-foot quilt square painted on plywood.To add excitement, the committee decided to seek permission from the Greene County Fair Board to announce the project at the 2010 Greene County Fair and have fair visitors vote for their favorite.
When the Greene County Fair Board was asked, they not only voted to give their blessing to the project but a generous amount of money as well. Enough additional sponsors came forward to enable the project to be fully funded. By opening day of the fair in August, the squares were ready. On the last day of the fair, the people’s choice was announced as the Prime Producers 4-H Club of Cedarville.That club was awarded a $500 prize for their scarlet and grey “Ohio Star” modified with an Ohio State University “O” in the center. Since that time, ten additional “Friends of 4-H” groups have created quilt squares.
While the squares were being planned and painted, the committee had been reaching out to individuals and businesses asking them to allow squares to be displayed on their properties.In a short time,there were more potential sites than there were squares.As soon as the fair was over, some of the plywood quilt squares began to be installed by people who just couldn’t wait. However most of the squares were installed
by the Greene County Services Department carpentry staff using an elevated work platform rented by the CVB.
In a little over a year, the Greene County 4-H Quilt Square Trail went from an idea in the mind of Marilyn Reid to forty colorful squares scattered throughout the county waiting to be discovered…a gift from Greene County to you. Enjoy.