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Granville Quilt Festival Honors Barbara Martinez of Wilson County at the 2021 Show

The 20th Annual Granville Quilt Festival will be held on October 2nd as part of the Granville Fall Celebration at the historic Granville United Methodist Church. The show will offer 27 categories of competition with three awards in each category with the show being professionally judged.

Quilts may be entered on September 30th from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Cookeville- Wilson Bank & Trust, 320 Jefferson Ave.- Janie Pedigo 931-528-4928

Gainesboro -U T Extension Office, 757 Grundy Quarles Hwy.- Rebecca Melton 931-268-9437 Lebanon-Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 West Main-Peggy Clemons 615-444-2975

Gordonsville-Wilson Bank & Trust, 7 New Middleton Hwy.-Janice Lynch 615-683-7889 Granville-Sutton General Store-Brenda Curtis 931-653-4151,

Livingston- Overton Co. Museum, 318 W. Broad Street-Cindy Rux & Betty Robinson


Each year the show honors a noted quilter from the area and this year’s honoree is Barbara Martinez of Wilson County. Barbara immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1964 with her husband, two daughters and her sewing machine. "My English was limited but by watching John Wayne movies and Sesame Street I learned fast. I worked for 38 years as a realtor and was inspired by the beautiful quilts in homes I visited. I dabbed in quilting for a number of years with the scraps left over from sewing clothing for my children. Most of what I learned about quilting came from library books and trial and error. Then I met a client that was a long term quilter and I joined a Quilting Guild. This helped my knowledge of quilting and I was hooked."

Barbara retired in 2009 and moved to a small farm in Tennessee to be with her daughter and grandchildren. She is an award winning quilter at many shows in this area.

The Granville Quilt Show will be a featured event of our Fall Celebration October 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants in the show may be assured that a strong security system will be observed for the safety of the quilts. Safety guidelines will be observed at the event with masks required inside all buildings in Granville and social distancing encouraged.

The Fall Celebration on October 2nd also features Jazz on the Cumberland, Ralph Maddux Motorcycle Show, and the Grand Opening of the Scarecrow Festival and Craftsmen Festival. There will be a variety of music during the day, along with children events, craft booths, great food and shopping. The admission to the festival is $5.00 for a town tour ticket and parking is $5.00 per car. Your admission to the festival will include tours of eight museums.

The entire festival will follow safety guidelines with mask required in all buildings. For more information about the Quilt Show and other events at the Fall Celebration, visit or call 931-653-4151.

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