Happy Summer to you!
I hope you're finding ways to stay cool. We definitely need COOL here as the heat index is quite often over 100 degrees!
Some days though, I just fight it and get out a sweat! Yesterday was one of those days. My sister and I went on a road trip searching for painted quilt blocks in Perry County. The actual driving time was cool, but the taking picture time was hot! Thankfully it was a cloudy day which helped some with the heat and also helped with taking pictures mid-day.
Quilt designs have been painted on barns and other buildings for many, many years. In 2001 organized quilt trails that you can follow began in the U.S. There are five counties in Arkansas that have official quilt trails. That doesn't mean that you won't see quilt blocks in other counties or even blocks not on the county list. Counties wanting to have an official quilt trail must have at least 12 quilts. Right now there are five counties in Arkansas with a quilt trail. There are eight more counties working toward that goal Those who wish to have their quilt blocks added to the trail have guidelines to meet and also must be willing to allow strangers (with cameras) on their property.
Quilt Block #1
Our first quilt block was difficult to find. We were at the right address, but after driving deep onto the property to the house we didn't see a block hanging on any of the buildings. Fortunately I had printed out a picture of each of the blocks from the quilt trail website. We saw that this one was nailed to a tree, not a building. We drove back out to the road and turned the opposite direction from which we arrived and there it was.
Many of the places we stopped had other beautiful things to take pictures of. This lovely garden scene was by the mailbox.
This is the mailbox post. What caught my attention was the heart-shaped rock.
The owner of this barn, which she believes is called a Gothic or rainbow arch barn, received her quilt block as a Christmas present. She says that "it's easy to see that the sight of the barn and quilt block is like a 'welcome home' greeting."
Quilt Blocks #3 and #4
Dreamer's Weave and Sunbonnet Sue
These blocks have a funny story behind them. We were traveling highways trying to be safe and looking for addresses at the same time. Neither of us see far into the distance, so we were grateful when the numbers were large. We spotted the very large numbers, pulled in the driveway, and once again didn't see the quilt blocks. As we checked the pictures I'd brought of the blocks we began to laugh. Both of us were concentrating so hard on finding the right number we totally missed the quilt blocks. Don't judge . . . we're getting older you know!
Quilt Blocks #5 through #13
The Quilted Barn and Home Sweet Home
One of our favorite stops was at the Double D Lazy T Bed, Breakfast & Barn. Yes! We did see the blocks on the mailbox this time! There were a total of nine quilt blocks on their property. I understand that the owner painted all the blocks herself.
This quilt design is painted directly on the silo. There's a little story behind this one. The owner tried her best to give this old silo away. No one wanted it, so she decided to make it a thing of beauty by painting it and adding the quilt block. She succeeded!
This one hangs on the oldest remaining "barn" on this property which is her childhood home place.
She used a quilt pattern from her family collection to paint these blocks. She says that to her they look more like bright sunflowers than Dresden plates. I agree.
Star Spangled and Flags & a Star
Finally we come to the Bed, Breakfast & Barn. Two blocks greet you as you arrive at the front door. The front porch is so pretty and fun! I say fun because that is one funny lady on the left of the door.
By holding my camera against the door glass, I was able to take a peek inside.
Not only did she have quilt blocks, but she had yard art.
Quilt Block #14
This was one of my favorite quilt blocks. Not only is it beautiful, but the home and yard were beautiful too! The owner of this block had a special story about her block. "Compasses are used not only by mariners by also by Aviators. The Mariner's Compass was chosen as a fond reminder of many years my husband spend as a USAF Navigator in the C-130 airplane."
Is this not the cutest way to have your name and street number posted?