Have you noticed that Letcher County is getting a lot more of the “barn quilt squares” put on display? The ‘official count’ now stands at 60 and you will find at least one in almost every town and community. They are painted in rainbows of color and in a wide variety of patterns.
The following is an addition to my April listing: Pat Shelton painted a 4×4 “Sun Catcher” square for Oven Fork Senior Citizen’s Center near Eolia; Susan Ison painted an 8×8 square called “Father’s Choice, to honor the recent birthdays of her in-laws, Rodney and Geraldine Ison, and it is on their barn near Letcher School; the Carcassonne Quilter’s Group honored Ruby Caudill, a longtime member, with a 4×4 “Stars and Squares “ quilt painted by Ked Sanders and Bessie Shepherd; they also painted the following squares: “Basket of Flowers”, 3×3 for Whitesburg Woman’s Club and Red Hat Group, on North Webb Avenue in Whitesburg; Whitesburg AR Hospital, 4×4 “Wishing Well”; Jenkins Hospital, 4×4 “Bear Paw”; Gerry Hayne’s home at Ermine, 4×4 “Rolling Star”; Gerry Hayne’s store building at Ermine, 4×4 “Sunflower”. Ked Sanders also painted the City Seal for Jenkins and a “Crazy Quilt” for his home.
Sue Banks painted two quilts which can be seen on Cowan; 2×2 “Springtime on Cowan” for Mary Lynn Richardson’s home and a 2×2 “True Blue UK” for Edison Bank’s home. Richard Smith painted a 3×3 “Stars and Stripes Forever” for Marsha and Carl Banks’s home on Solomon Road in Whitesburg. Vanessa and Charlie Hall painted an 8×8 “Jacob’s Ladder” at Seco United Methodist Church.
Letcher County Central High School students painted a 4×4 “Mountain Memories” which can be seen from Highway 119 near the school; a 4×4 “Ohio Star” is hung at Cammie Gilley’s home at Little Cowan; Cowan Community Center is proud of its 4×4 “Cowan Creek Music” quilt, painted by Stacy Dollarhide and students; Nancy Brown has painted a 4×4 “Cake Stand” for her bake shop on Tyler Lane; a 4×4 “Carcassonne Star” was painted by Shanna Adams, Gary Fugate and Deborah Fugate which can be viewed at Deborah’s home on Highway 3408 near Blackey; and “Square Dance Star” in 4×4 painted by Gary Fugate and Amber Combs is hung at Jean Blair’s home on Elk Creek.
If you would like to paint a square to display at your home, place of business, or somewhere in your community, call Ann Bradley at the Letcher County Extension Office at 633-2362 to get information on recommendations on the type of plywood to use, paint suggestions or quilt pattern ideas.