City of Westminster, SC. Tour

Tour of the Quilt Trail, artistic and historical sites throughout the City of Westminster, SC.

City of Westminster, SC. Tour

Westminster, South Carolina 29693, United States

Created By: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

Tour Information

City of Westminster

The City of Westminster was founded in 1876 as a water stop for the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad, Westminster has retained its historic legacy with more than 100 homes dating back to the late 1800s. Many local merchants and homeowners proudly display a quilt block on their building that is representative of a family heirloom.

Westminster is widely known for the Apple Festival that happens every year the week after Labor Day. It’s just a short ride from town to Chau Ram County Park You can enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, and camping. Ramsey Creek Falls. Additional information about shops, eateries and events can be found on Visit Oconee County SC. and Discover South Carolina.. Visit Oconee Murals for complete list throughout Oconee County.

Each of the hand-painted quilts you’ll view on the tour is a replica of the original fabric quilt. Click here to be directed to the UHQT website for additional information about each quilt and an interactive map for directions to UHQT locations. The number in front of the quilt name can be used to locate the quilt story from the search bar in the upper right corner on the UHQT home page.

The UHQT received funding from the Oconee County Accommodation Tax Commission for developement of Tour App.


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What You'll See on the Tour

Quilts Flower Pot, Caesar's Crown, Cactus Blossom. Three quilts mounted at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative are from the family of Carolyn and John Harris of Fair Play. The three patterns include a Flower Pot or Flower Basket, Caesar’s C... Read more
#93 School House Quilters: Nelda Barkmann and Karla Glova Sponsor: Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail “My mother, Nelda Barkmann, passed away in 2000 from lung cancer and I inherited the unfinished quilt top, and finished it by machine. My mo... Read more
  Spirt of America Designed and painted by Melody Davis
#174 Lone Star Quilter: Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Long Sponsor: Sandifer Funeral Home Kimberly Wulfert, PhD., Quilt Historian (, has stated that “The Lone Star quilt block is likely one of the most recognizable quil... Read more
Morning Glory By Melody Davis Adapted from on “Jimson Weed” by Georgia O’Keefe. It features large pinwheel-shaped blossoms of jimson weed.
#213 Mai'a Iho Lena – Our Beautiful Land  Quilter  Bonnie Ouellette Sponsor Gateway Arts Center The quilt block Mai’aIho Lena – Our Beautiful Land is inspired by the traditional quilts of Hawaii and is based on a quilt made by wel... Read more
Three Musicians By Melody Davis Adapted from “Three Musicians” by Pablo Picasso. It depicts three brightly colored figures seated around a table and set in a dark, box-like room in the style of Synthetic Cubism and gives the appearance ... Read more
'Unto These Hills' By Meldoy Davis
#201 The Cross Designed by Janet Houts. Quilters  Rebecca DeFoor, Denise McCormick, Paige Price, Deanna DeFoor Sponsors Members of the Westminster Baptist Church. Quillters from the Westminster Baptist Church joined efforts and worked to... Read more
#182 Sun Bonnet Sue Quilter Susan Hagan Sponsors The Legion’s members, with support from Past Commander Robert Hudgens and Commander Woody Sanders The American Legion Post 107 members, with support from Past Commander Robert Hudgens an... Read more
#98 Texas Star  Quilter Jessie Blackwell. Sponsor Jimmy and Sandra Powell’ The Powell's Texas Star was quilted by Mrs. Powell’s aunt, Jessie Blackwell.  Miss Jessie never married but worked as a seamstress in the Jantzen mill in We... Read more
#144 Josephine's  Knot Quilter & Sponsor Claudia Spearman Designer Debbie Maddy, The quilt block, called Josephine’s Knot, hangs next to the front door. Mrs. Spearman made the original cloth quilt while recuperating from gallbladder... Read more
#143 Crazy Tie Quilt Quilter Mildred Spearman Sponsor Mildred and Jim Spearman The 1921 Sears Roebuck craftsman style cottage is owned by Mildred and Jim Spearman. The original quilt was made by Mrs. Mildred Spearman in the late 1970’s f... Read more
#100 Friendship Garden Quilter Essie Jane Spencer Smith Sponsor Donna J. Campbell The Dresden Plate pattern has many variations and was among the most popular patterns during the quilt revival of the early 20th Century.  Other names inc... Read more
#175 Thai Memories of Saffron and Silk Quilter Jane Oliver Designer Barbara Shapel Sponsor Jerry and Kathy Smith The quilt, called Thai Memories of Saffron and Silk was designed by Barbara Shapel of Washougal, Washington and pieced and q... Read more
Blue Grass Roots By Melody Davis Contains images of Ezra Davis, unknown, Bassist from Ebony Hillbillies, unknown, Raymond Fairchild, unknown, Fiddlin’ Bill Hensley, Raymond Fairchild, Bill Monroe, Clint and Vic Blackwell ...
Blue Grass Roots By Melody Davis Retreat Street/Main Street Contains images of Ezra Davis, unknown, Bassist from Ebony Hillbillies, unknown, Raymond Fairchild, unknown, Fiddlin’ Bill Hensley, Raymond Fairchild???, Bill Monroe, Clint and V... Read more
# 243 The Garden Club Quilter Rebecca DeFoor Sponsors Sandy Brockington and citizens of Westminster contributed to the funding to support this project. The four 1ft. x 1ft. quilt blocks on Main Street were the inspiration of Sandy Brocki... Read more
#233 Flowers Among Friends Quilter Rebecca DeFoor Sponsor Rebecca Harper DeFoor, Kathy Collins Smith and Jerry Smith A series of four small floral-themed quilt blocks—grace the front pillars of Westminster’s historic Moon’s Drug Sto... Read more
#3 Double Wedding Ring  Quilters Bessie Ross Barrett & Sarah Buchanan Jones Sponsor Westminster Historical Association During the early 1900's "Women’s tastes shifted from dark colors to a rainbow of pastel colors –watermelon pin... Read more
#82 Railroad Crossing  Quilter Denise McCormick Sponsor Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Denise McCormick made this Railroad Crossing wall hanging for the Westminster Chamber of Commerce and is displayed in the interior of the building. Deni... Read more
Quilters for #'s 242 A, B, C, D 242 A   Claudia’s Star - Claudia Spearman      242 B   Denise’s Design - Denise McCormick      242 C   Paige’s Star - Paige Price      242 D   Rebecca’s Star - Rebecca DeFoor Sponsor... Read more
Last Supper By Melody Davis Adapted from on “The Last Supper” by Leonardo Da Vinci. It depicts the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles; the consternation occurring among the Twelve Apostles when Jesus announced that one of them would... Read more
Home Run, Home Run By Melody Davis A tribute to State and Local history, the mural features the United States Flag imposed over the shape of the state of South Carolina. There is also a nod to the Apple Festival held in Westminster and the ... Read more
#4 Card Trick Quilter Mary Dee Rudy Sponsor Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail  The quilter Mary Dee Rudy shared“My first qu ilting experience was through lessons taught by a neighbor. We were a group of six and completed a crib sampler quilt... Read more
#99 Autumn Stars Quilter Denise McCormick Sponsors Rick & Denise McCormick The Autumn Star has been a favorite for generations. It combines nicely with other star blocks.  “This quilt was made for my daughter and her husband soon a... Read more
Dogs Play Poker (while waiting for a bath…) By Melody Davis Based on “A Friend In Need” by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. The famous series features humanized dogs sitting around a table playing poker. The title comes from the fact that ... Read more
#31 Nine Patch & Irish Chain Quilter Lucy Looney DeFoor Sponsor Sarah Brown DeFoor in honor of her late husband Wayne DeFoor  Sarah Brown DeFoor requested this quilt panel o honor the memory of her late husband, Wayne Watson DeFoor, ... Read more
#5 Flower Basket and #278 Broken Star Quilter & Sponsor Rebecca DeFoor Basket designs have been popular in American patchwork and quilting since the late 18th century. Becky told us, “I took a beginner class in quilting about 30... Read more
 #187 Color Wheel  Quilter Mary Dee Rudy Sponsor Joe and Sharon Byers Installed on the barn door.  Joe, a carpenter and independent contractor, designed and built a beautiful wooden frame for the block, The square was painted by their t... Read more
#34 Peace Y'all!  Quilter Rebecca DeFoor Sponsor Sandy and Perry Stencil’  “Peace Y’all!” That’s the shout from high up on Sandy and Perry Stencil’s barn on Glad Oaks Hill in Westminster. A tie-dyed Peace Symbol with that phr... Read more
#30 Carolina Mystery Pattern Quilter Mary Walker (1844 - 1908) Sponsors Christine File and Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail The original quilt is displayed at the Oconee History Museum in Walhalla. Mary Walker was born in the Pickens area in 18... Read more
280 Grandmother’s Garden Quilter Aggie Sandifer Sponsor The Ridge at Summit Farms Grandmother’s Garden quilt was given as a wedding present in 1984 to John and Dianne Sandifer. Aggie Sandifer of York, SC made this quilt along with many ... Read more
The Orchard of Learning, was painted by the 2nd grade class of the 2013-14 school year under the guidance of the art teacher, Jennifer Hindman. The quilt is representative of the stages of learning students go through in a school year – f... Read more
#275. Friendship Star Quilter Rebecca DeFoor Sponsor Kathy Smith Kathy Smith and Becky DeFoor have worked on many community projects over the years and share a close friendship. They have known each other since high school and Kathy shared ... Read more


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