Prosperity joines the trail

By Andrew Wigger - awigger@civitasmedia.com
Anna Singley working on one of the quilt patches for the Quilt Trail. - Courtesy photo
The “Prosperity” quilt patch that greets people coming to Prosperity. - Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer
The newest of Singley’s quilt patches. This patch was commissioned by Andy Hawkins. - Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer

By Andrew Wigger

awigger@civitasmedia.com

Anna Singley working on one of the quilt patches for the Quilt Trail.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_IMG_1243.jpgAnna Singley working on one of the quilt patches for the Quilt Trail. Courtesy photo

The “Prosperity” quilt patch that greets people coming to Prosperity.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_quilt1.jpgThe “Prosperity” quilt patch that greets people coming to Prosperity. Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer

The newest of Singley’s quilt patches. This patch was commissioned by Andy Hawkins.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_quilt2.jpgThe newest of Singley’s quilt patches. This patch was commissioned by Andy Hawkins. Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer

PROSPERITY — The town of Prosperity is a part of a different type of trail — the South Carolina Quilt Trail. The trail does not involve trees and rivers, but art and history.

The quilt trail in Prosperity was started by Anna Kay Singley, of the Frog Level Art Center. She started the trail in Prosperity because she wanted to put the town on the map.

“I did the first patch and called it ‘Prosperity,’ after I did the first one I had people come all over hearing we had quilt patches,” she said. “Quilters are traveling the trail throughout the United States taking pictures of them.”

According to Singley, the trail comes from Pennsylvania and works its way down. Quilters will travel the trail and enjoying what the towns that host them have to offer. Singley found out about the trail from another art center, and she took int from there.

“Patches have to be authentic patches we did on a quilt in yesteryear. I have an encyclopedia of every quilt pattern made in the past, and I use it as a resource,” Singley said. “The encyclopedia goes back to the 1700s.”

When going through the book she came across the “Prosperity Patch” and she told herself that would be the first one she did. According to the encyclopedia that patch is from the 1800, which adds to the history aspect of the trail.

Since making the first patch, Singley has added three more patches to the Prosperity trail. Three patches are displayed at the Frog Level Art Center, and the fourth is at local resident, Andy Hawkins home.

“I really wanted to help the tourist trade, so I decided to make more patches because I knew one patch would not do it,” she said. “Now when tourist come looking at the patches I talk to them and I discuss where to go and eat and visit.”

On average, Singley has one or two tourist come to see the trail a week. However, the visitors depend on the season and that number can grow during the right time of year. When talking with visitors she is always asked if she has quilts for sale.

“Quilting and quilts are back in style, that is why the trail is so popular. Unfortunately I do not have any quilts to sell them when they ask, but I always refer them to the quilt group in Newberry,” she said.

Besides Prosperity the South Carolina Quilt Trial can be found all over the state including, Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, McCormick, York and many other counties. Singley said that there are a ton of patches located in Landrum. In fact, according to their website, foothillsquiltrail.com, they have 31 patches.

However, Mayor Derek Underwood finds that the South Carolina Quilt Trail does a great service to Prosperity.

“Ms. Anna Kay is real big in the Art Community, this trial not only brings attention to Prosperity, but the arts in general. If she does something that brings people to Prosperity to appreciate art, but to also enjoy dining and shopping in town, that can only be a good thing,” he said.

Singley would like to expand the patches in Prosperity. If anyone would like to commission their very own patch, based on a family quilt, she is willing to do so for a price. She can be contacted at (803) 940-1212.

“People can come by and see what I have done, and I can finish a patch for them in about two weeks,” she said.

Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.