Barn quilt trails are popping up all over the place! I first noticed these wooden quilt squares a few years ago. I began photographing them and to my delight, realized that many counties in Kentucky have their own unique quilt trail maps.
Barn quilts are painted quilt squares. They are usually made with boards and are most often placed on barns. However, they can be spotted on buildings or homes. At the last count, the Bluegrass State had around 800 painted quilts. You can easily find a quilt trail map of many different counties here:
Although I live in Fayette County, I had started this particular trail on a recent trip across the Mountain Parkway. I decided to finish it today and share my finds with you! This particular map was a little hard to follow since the exact addresses were not provided. It took a while but I managed to find some really pretty ones!
Powell County is an Eastern Kentucky county that is very well known for the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge. Most of these quilt squares are near Clay City or Stanton, KY.
#1 Located on West Bend, this was the first square I found. This, I believe, is called the Double Nine Patch pattern.
#2 Also located on West Bend, this Triple Tulip pattern had some nice colors in it.
#3 West Bend Pineapple pattern (?)
#4 Not sure of this pattern
#5 Caught a glimpse of this blue/ white square
#6 I’m assuming this one may include a last initial. A little blurry, but I like the colors!
#7 One of my favorites! These colors on a black barn look great!
#8 Another favorite! On Furnace Mountain, this lone star pattern really stands out.
#9 Located on Cat Creek, this barn settled in the fall foliage was really pretty.
#10 This was a much smaller square posted on a fence. I’m counting it anyway.
#11 South Fork barn with a variation of a lone star pattern (I think).
#12 Hubcap Alley square at Slade visitor center
#13 Cane Creek Road Little Red Schoolhouse pattern
#14 Lower Cane Creek- Flower basket pattern
#15 On a home- Dresden Plate pattern
#16 Cane Creek – unknown pattern
#17 Lower Cane Creek Princess Feather Pattern
#18 Too cute not to include with the quilt blocks.
#19 Rooster – see below the reason for this choice.
#20 Church Street – I was told this was the first one in the county.
#21 I forgot which street this was on.
#22 I spotted one on a carport.
#23 Holman Drive – Maple Leaf pattern
#24 I came across this pattern and I’m not sure what it is. Really pretty!
#25 smaller square
#26 Sunflower pattern
#27 Flower Garden Pattern on Lower Hatcher Creek
#28 Snow Creek
#29 and #30 on homes
#31 Not sure about this pattern.
#32 Little Hardwick’s Creek -Trip Around the World Pattern
#33 Little Hardwick’s Creek – Buttercup Pattern
#34 Snow Creek- Cactus Basket pattern
I think there are about five I missed but would like to add when I can. If anyone knows any of the patterns I missed, please let me know. Thanks for coming along on my adventure!