PICKENS — The Pickens Senior Center located in the Hagood Community Center joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail with a quilt block was sponsored by the Hagood Community Center Fiber Arts Program.
The original quilt was made by Mary E. Granger (1932-2008) as a Bicentennial quilt. A native of Rochester, N.Y., she received degrees in nursing and art history. It was the latter training that yielded years of creativity. Her talents showed in the areas of dress making, pen and ink drawings, photography, reverse painting on glass, traditional rug hooking, painting and quilt making.
She married her husband, James, during his medical school training. After graduation, he re-entered the service as a physician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
While stationed in the Washington, D.C., area, she met and was influenced over the years by Jinny Byers. Mary started her Bicentennial quilt while the family was stationed in Augusta, Ga., and continued to work on it as she moved from Georgia to North Carolina to Tennessee.
When finished, it was featured in Byers’ Medallion Quilt Book, a reference book at the Pickens Senior Center.
The quilt is done in red, white and blue, with four eagles, and medallions of stars and tassels in celebration of the four Presidents from Virginia – George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson.
The Pickens Senior Center is the current owner of the quilt. The Hagood Community Center, 129 School House St., building began in 1929 as the Pickens Mill School for the children whose parents worked at the mill.