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Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway, March 8, 2013 -- Louise Furber of Phelps, NY, is a lifelong quilter. On March 16-17 and March 23-24, 2013, a special exhibit at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Beauty of the Byways Quilt Show in Sackets Harbor, NY, will feature three of her landscape quilts.

“The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Shows are designed to inspire people to travel the length of the National Scenic Byway to discover authentic American experiences, such as visiting farm markets, picking pumpkins, and tasting our agricultural bounty,” says show manager Lynette Lundy-Beck.

“Louise’s quilts are a beautiful way to prompt creativity for our 2014 show theme of Vineyards, Fields, Farms and Foods. They are based on photos taken by her husband David at sites on and near the 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania,” Lundy-Beck adds.

Louise says the quilt she calls Late Summer Along Lake Ontario is based on photos taken at Burnap Farm Market and Garden Café in Sodus and Brownell’s Farm Market on in Newark.

“The inspiration for the Late Summer quilt was the apples and other fruits that are abundant along Lake Ontario in the late summer and fall, the farms where they are grown, and the little markets that sell them. This quilt is an original design I machine quilted,” Louise says.

The quilt “Pumpkins on a Cart” is a vibrant still life portrait reflecting the abundance of pumpkins for sale throughout the Great Lakes Seaway Trail region every fall season.

“Pumpkins come in every size, shape and color imaginable in the fall. My husband David took so many wonderful pictures on our annual color tour that it was hard to decide on just a couple of prints on which to base this quilt,” Louise says.

“Seaway Trail, Inc., its tourism partners, and show sponsors, including Orleans County Tourism and the Country Barn Quilt Trail of Western New York, are pleased to be leading the way in developing quilting as a dynamic travel theme for experiencing the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and other byways. Visiting quilt shows and quilt shopping along byways are unique ways to experience America’s cultural heritage,” says Great Lakes Seaway Trail President and CEO Mike Bristol.

Louise cannot remember not having a needle and thread in hand. Her first quilt was a tribute to her mother. She won a blue ribbon for a king-sized quilt at the Georgia State Fair. She now teaches classes on making landscape art quilts.

“I am honored to have my quilts featured at the 2013 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show to help inspire others to participate in the 2014 events with their own creative expressions of the beautiful vineyards, fields, farms and foods found along byways in the U.S. and Canada,” Louise says.
Lundy-Beck notes that in addition to pictorial quilts, traditional quilt pattern works are also welcome for the 2013 show.

For more information on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and its quilt show and travel opportunities, call 315-646-1000 x203 or www.seawaytrail.com/quilting. -30-

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Louise still owns the little Singer hand-cranked sewing machine she had as a five-year- old. Her husband gave her an Elna Quilting Queen for Valentine’s Day 4 years ago.

Destinations on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway include farm markets, vineyards, wineries, Niagara Falls, the 1000 Islands, the National Museum of Play, unparalleled water recreation areas, architectural masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright, and unique historic and cultural sites paying tribute to Lucille Ball, Frederic Remington, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and many others.


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