Barn quilt class brings splash of color to SCC

Jessica PickensStaff Writer

July 21, 2012

Grilling, shagging and painting barn quilts.

Those are just a few classes in the “summer shorts” program that were available this summer through Surry Community College.

Barn quilt painting was the most recent class completed at the Elkin center on Tuesday.

“We offered enrichment courses over the summer that people usually don’t get to take,” said Terri Cockerham, Director of Occupational Programs Corporate and Continuing Education at Surry Community College. “It was a one day class where ladies came in and painted a 3x3 piece of wood and left with a finished project.”

A barn quilt is painted and meant to be hung outside on a barn, workshop or an outdoor building.

“We wanted to tie it in with the quilt trails that are in Alleghany, Ashe and Yadkin counties,” Cockerham said. “A lot of people don’t know what barn quilts are. They help draw tourism and show our heritage.”

The instructor, Cora Stroud of Taproot Artisans in Iredell County, was in contact with the students before the class and drew the patterns out on the wood. July’s class had four students, one being Kim Atkins of Kimron Springs winery in Dobson, who plans to hang her barn quilt on her winery.

“We’ve already had several people come in and say they are interested in taking the class,” Cockerham said. “So we will be holding another class on Aug. 21.”

To register for the August barn quilting class, contact the Main Campus or the Elkin Center by August 7.

Reach Jessica Pickens at 835-1513 ext. 18 or jpickens@heartlandpublications.com.