You have most likely noticed many of the beautiful “painted quilts” hanging in public places all over Letcher County. The first painted quilts here were hung almost four years ago, and now the number is nearing 150. You can find them at Deane, Linefork, Eolia, Cowan, Neon, Jenkins, Millstone, Whitesburg, and most points in between.
One purpose of Letcher County’s Quilt Trail is to show how proud we are of the talents of local quilters, as they sew with needles, thread and fabric to make something warm and beautiful.
One hundred fifteen of the local quilts are featured in a beautiful book “Letcher County Quilt Trail”, published in 2012 by the Letcher County Tourism and Convention Commission. Copies may be purchased at Pine Mountain Craft Co-op, Dr. David Narramore’s office and the Letcher County Extension Office.
Since the book was printed, there have been several classes taught and workshops held, at which people painted quilts to display at their homes. If you were a participant, or perhaps painted a quilt in recent months which might not be in the book and you would like to have it added to the list, please call Ann Bradley at the Letcher County Extension Office at 633-2362.
The majority of the quilt squares have been created on marine grade plywood and coated with polyurethane varnish to prevent wear due to weather and will allow us to enjoy them for many years. For people interested in obtaining ideas for patterns or for information on how to get started, you may also call Ann Bradley. They are no set rules on size, pattern or color — just paint and enjoy!