Quilt Trail

Quilt Trail

While en route to a weekend getaway spot near Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee this past Labor Day weekend, I was intrigued by some amazing rural artwork as we drove along Kentucky State Road 90. This was a very winding highway with plenty of farmland on either side, and tobacco barns of course. Shortly after we turned onto this road, I started noticing large quilt patterns displayed on barns! I saw one pattern after the next, and they were all unique! I was fascinated with these, and after passing several of them, I decided to photograph the others I saw up ahead. Please note, these photos were taken from a moving vehicle (I was not driving), so they are not the best quality šŸ™‚ After our Labor Day weekend trip, I decided to look into the history of these quilts. I had originally thought that the quilt patterns were representational of family heritage, but they were not. After doing some additional Internet research, I learned that these quilts are part of an economic boosting effort to increase rural tourism in Kentucky ā€“ especially Eastern Kentucky. The selection of quilts and locations of them have been made by the Kentucky Arts Council, but each quilt pattern is associated with a quilter native to the area in which the quilt will be displayed. Many volunteers have gotten involved with the effort and have provided trucks, and labor to paint and hang the quilts. The quilts ā€“ not actual quilts made of fabric, are constructed of painted wooden blocks and are 8ā€™ x 8ā€™ in size. There are 35 counties in Kentucky that boast these quilts, with several more throughout the state hoping to have some displayed soon. Has anyone else seen these quilts in their travels? If so, Iā€™d be interested in hearing your thoughts. If not, then what unique cultural sightings have you found while passing through some of our other great states? Posted by: Lee Boyland

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