Steps in creation of library’s quilt raffle prize detailed

FORT PLAIN – What goes into the making of “Quilt Block Square” signage? Fulton County resident Liz Argotsinger, who has been instrumental in establishing and promoting the tourism-related Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail, shared with the Fort Plain Free Library a series of photographs chronicling the 12 days of work that went into the 4-foot by 4-foot wooden quilt block signage she created for the Fort Plain Free Library’s vintage quilt raffle.

The second-place raffle prize, the quilt block square was constructed of medium density overlay board and layers of paint, a news release said.

Argotsinger said in the release, “It’s plywood manufactured with a paper face. It’s used in signboard. In order for it to be used outside, it needs to be primed really, really good [to seal it from the weather.]”

The design is then transferred to the primed sign board and individual sections are painted.

The decorative display piece was based on the design and colors of the first-place vintage quilt that was donated by local history buff, Willis “Skip” Barsheid. The raffle is raising money for the library’s ongoing construction project.

Argotsinger said 104 quilt block squares have been set up Fulton and Montgomery counties, and that number is “growing every week.”

The Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail,, aims to “create a visual trail using unique quilt barn squares to connect the outdoor landscape throughout Fulton and Montgomery counties.”

In the not-too-distant future, Argotsinger will be conducting a workshop at the Fort Plain Free Library that involves information about the Quilt Barn Trail and the construction and erection of quilt barn squares.

She said in the release, “I’m excited to try to get Fort Plain started by putting up several [quilt barn squares], it will become a tourism trail and people will take a ride to see it. Once there, they will hopefully stop at Stewart’s for gas, The Table to eat, etc. It’s all good in my opinion.”

Raffle tickets cost $1 each and can be purchased at the 19 Willett St. library or at The Table restaurant, 20 Canal St. where the quilt is on display until Oct. 21.

For more information, call the library at 993-4646.

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