By Danielle Sweetser

Delighted to participate in the Schoharie County Quilt Barn Trail, SUNY Cobleskill held a student-based contest this past fall for potential quilt block designs. The winning design is now featured on the side of the Schoharie Fresh Barn, located on the North side of campus. Megan Trigg, a junior in SUNY Cobleskill’s Communications program, emerged as the contest winner, creating a stunning design.

“I wanted something that would best represent SUNY Cobleskill,” Megan commented. “I knew I definitely wanted orange and black because of our school colors. I used two different shades of orange. I left some white for negative space so there wouldn’t be too much color.”

Developed as a product of the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the Schoharie Quilt Blocks celebrate the authentic unexpected beauty of having art displayed in open public places instead of in a gallery. They are easily accessible, authentic, lively pieces that the public can easily relate to because of the quilting of ancestors, family, friends, or even their own work.

Upon discovering she had won the quilt block design contest, Trigg was very excited and proud that something she had created was on display for not only the entire school to see, but everyone who drives by on the heavily traveled route 7.

“I put green into the quilt design to represent the agricultural part of our school,” explained Megan. “ Overall, the quilt design was inspired by the College for the College,” she said.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Schoharie Quilt Barn Trail, please visit here .