The LaRue County trail of painted quilt blocks continues to grow. The latest block uses the Little Dutch Girl pattern. It is located on the farm of Juanita and William Routt at 624 Cox Lane near Sonora. This is displayed on a white barn on the side facing KY 84.
Juanita and Bill’s daughters, Brenda Wilkerson of Upton and Sally Davenport of Oklahoma, worked together to get family members to help create this quilt block for a surprise birthday gift for their mother. Five generations of their family helped to inspire or create this quilt block.
The inspiration for the design came from quilt squares Juanita had from her grandmother and mother. These squares used the Little Dutch Girl design. Juanita made family keepsakes out of the squares and gave to her children.
Some of Juanita and Bill’s neighbors had painted quilt blocks, so this gave Brenda and Sally the idea of creating one to give as a special birthday present this fall. They chose to paint the design red because that is their mother’s favorite color. Brenda said, “My mother loves things of her past and I thought this would be a great way to remember Grandma Hazelwood.”
Nolin RECC helps with hanging local quilt blocks in Hardin and LaRue counties, employee Jerry French helps to schedule these requests.
Other painted blocks completed last May by high school students in Karen Miller’s class will be displayed in the county too. One of the Kentucky Chain pattern will be displayed at Lee’s Garden Center on U.S. 31E and the students did another block of a Star pattern that will be located on the LCHS campus. These two student quilt blocks were done through LaRue County Community Education and funded by serving learning grants. Vicki Devers helps to coordinate this grant program for the public schools.
More quilt blocks have been finished by other local persons, they hope to get them hung or displayed in the near future. One 4-H club from LaRue Baptist School will be gathering GPS coordinates on the locations of our local quilt blocks later this year. This information will help tourists find the quilt blocks.
Anyone wanting to learn more about the local quilt trail can contact me at the Extension Service office at 358-3401. We have a brochure available that lists the locations of quilt blocks you can view in LaRue County. You can also find this information at www.ces.ca.uky.edu/larue.
The Kentucky Arts Council has coordinated a statewide Quilt Trail map, you can find this at www.artscouncil.ky.gov/QTrails/QTrails.htm.