Quilt Trail Project - Rucksack Cellars
Rucksack Cellars 3030 Carson Rd, Placerville “Slave Quilt” This quilt block design is based on an old quilt belonging to owner Maggie Bush’s mother who is 90 years old. The original quilt was purchased from slaves by Maggie’s grandfather and has been in the family for many years. The design is very unusual and while not positively identified it is very similar to quilts found in a remote African American community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The poverty and isolation of the area bred closely knit relationships and some unique cultural elements, including a singular style of quilting—bold abstract designs bearing little resemblance to more familiar quilts that are pieced from block pattern. Their quilts have become revered by art lovers throughout the world. It seems fitting that this design graces the Rucksack building because the name rucksack embodies owner Paul’s travels hitch-hiking across Africa and his desire to discover life away from the ordinary. Of their wine varieties –Chenin Blanc is unusual in the Foothill region—another reason to visit this lovely setting, and ‘think outside the box’.