Arkansas Quilt Trails

A quilt is not always quilted.  These days, it may be a colorful pattern painted on wood and displayed on the wall of a barn or other building.  This happens on the expanding Arkansas Quilts Trails network.

As you travel through the following counties of Arkansas (Stone, Searcy, Van Buren, Perry, and Baxter) you can admire over 100 artworks often called “barn quilts”.

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A quilt trail is a sightseeing adventure dating back less than two decades..  The inspiration  comes from decades of quilting history.

25 thoughts on “Arkansas Quilt Trails

  1. Thanks for sharing your nice photo collection of barn quilt pieces. I have also been capturing barn quilt pieces but here in Wisconsin.

    In some counties these quilt pieces were participants in a fund raiser . Other times the owners ‘s artistic endeavors. My initial interest led to me creating a pallet painting for the coop in stead of the barn since it was inspired by Picasso’s cubist Roosters .Chickens need to enjoy art too, right? LOL.

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    1. Nice comments. They do this in a lot of states anymore. People put painted boards with quilt designs on their front porches. Yes, I think the chickens do need some art to look at. Nice that you did a pallet for the coop.

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  2. I didn’t see any of these when I was traveling through Arkansas, but in Osage City, Kansas, some old buildings had quilt patterns painted onto the wood that had been used to board up their windows. They’d been there for a while and were a little faded, but they were delightful. The next time I go to Arkansas, I’ll watch for these — I’ve tucked your post into my little folder devoted to the state.

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    1. They are up in North Central Arkansas in the Ozark mountains. A lot in Stone County and in Mountain View, Arkansas. A lot are off the beaten path. Missouri has a lot of the quilt designs on buildings too.

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  3. I love this. I love quilts. There is just something that is “home” about them 🙂 I have the last quilt my grandma ever made. Literally, it was on here quilt “rack” and every one was fighting over who would get it. Which for some reason made me mad. I was about 13 or 14. The resolution was to put every one’s name in a bowl and who ever got picked, got the quilt. I said I didn’t want my name in the bowl. My uncle said, that wouldn’t be fair, and he put my name in too. Guess whose name got picked 🙂 🙂 It sits proudly in my bedroom today 🙂 I am 51 now. How many blankets, and such do we buy now that would ever last that long? Not many. But I have 2 of her quilts and they are just as sturdy as if they were bought yesterday. This is such a beautiful reminder of that. 🙂

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    1. So glad you have your gramdma’s quilt. My husband drew his name for a family quilt when he was 3, Lets just say he has many decades under his belt and still has that quilt. I have a quilt my mother made and several my mother-in-law made and they last forever. They do this quilt thing on buildings in at least a dozen states that I know of. Mostly in the Eastern U.S. Glad you enjoyed this post.

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    1. They paint these quilt patterns and place them on buildings in many of the Eastern U.S. states. Quilting has gone on in America for centuries. I have several cloth quilts made by relatives that I cover my beds with. Quilting is an art here in Arkansas.

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