PENDLETON — Mrs. Wayne Link has sponsored the quilt in memory of her husband, “Bud,” the grandson of Joseph and Ada Link.
Mrs. Link developed an appreciation for quilts during childhood and has wonderful memories of sleeping under quilts with warm flannel linings at her grandmother’s home.
During the early 1970’s, she taught quilting classes and developed a small cottage industry in an old dairy barn doing custom quilting. Now, her love for the history of quilts and the art of quilting has led her to sponsor a quilt for the Quilt Trail.
The quilt is located at 1606 Danenhower Road in Pendleton. It is known as The Link Farm which has been in the family since April 1919 when it was purchased by Joseph J. Link, “Bud’s grandfather. Joseph, a farmer, raised crops and also bought, sold, and traded mules.
Several of the original barns are remaining, as well as the house which was built in 1896. There are fourth and fifth generations of Joseph and Ada Link still living on the farm. Their children, the sixth generation, visit and enjoy the barns and pastures as well.
After the death of Joseph, a son obtained the farm and later built a dairy in the early 1950’s. Over the years, several additional out-buildings were constructed including a pole-barn which was used for hay storage and feeding of the cows.
The farm has continued to change over the years but the Link family still retains a commitment to the growth and appreciation of agriculture.
“Bud” and Wayne began hosting visits by school groups when the first grandson brought his class out for a field trip. Since that time, the farm has introduced hundreds of students to agriculture.
At present, the farm is the site for the annual Farm/City Day Event that Pendleton High School FFA Students sponsor each year. This year approximately 500 students attended.
The old pole-barn has become the centerpiece for educational events and other gatherings for family and friends. The quilt block is centered above the entrance of the old barn.
The original quilt maker is not known although it is presumed to be Ada, since the fabrics represent the late 1800’s or early 1900s. This quilt is an example of a simplified form of crazy patchwork which became popular at the end of the nineteenth century.
Odd shaped pieces of scraps from dresses, shirts, or other items represent a cross section of the family’s life during that period of time. Colors of tan, muted blue, are brightened by pieces of barn red fabric. This technique typically involved stitching small strips or patches together using a foundation square of fabric or paper to stabilize the work. Cotton, probably grown on the family farm, was used as a batting between the quilt top and the lining.