Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Kentucky Quilt Trail

The Quilt Trail project began in Adams County, Ohio, when Donna Sue Groves, a field representative for the Ohio Arts Council, decided that she wanted a quilt square painted on her barn to honor her mother, a lifelong quilter. Donna Sue shared her idea with friends in the community, who offered their help. They decided that if they were going to paint one quilt square, they might as well paint twenty and create a driving tour to attract tourists to their rural community.  This tradition quickly spread into Kentucky and on into other states. And now, you can see them decorating many byways and highways.

I  thought it would be fun to share with you some of the quilt squares that we have see as we have been out and about exploring! Many of the quilt patterns, the barns, and the buildings are apart of the Kentucky Quilt Trail.  The quilt patterns  have fascinating stories behind them, many of which have been documented by the Kentucky Folklife Program. 

Personally, my favorite ones are those that are hanging from all the unique Kentucky barns!


  1. How neat. I never knew of this...thanks for sharing.

  2. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day and God bless.

  3. What a fun thing!! It's amazing what communitites can do when they put their minds together!

  4. This is really neat and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


  5. I love all things quilty! There is a quilt show here in the a little town called Sisters - in Oregon. I live rather close (4 hours away) but have not ever made it to the show......but there's a northwesty destination kind of activity you could look in to and come visit up my way! Maybe I'd even make it over there to meet ya proper!


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