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Friday, June 26, 2009

MADISON COUNTY, KENTUCKY -- QUILT SQUARE PROJECT

QUILT SQUARE --GRANDMOTHER'S FAN
Community quilt squares are a grass root movement in several states mostly in the Midwest. It began in about 2001 in Ohio and has moved swiftly through several states. Kentucky's Arts Council Program has adopted this movement and assists folks that want to become participants in the Quilt Square Project. Right now there are over 59 counties in Kentucky participating. There is a wonderful book published on Kentucky's quilt squares and following trails set up for people to view them -- titled Kentucky Quilt Trails: Views and Voices.

GRANDMOTHER'S FAN MOUNTED ON THE HONEYSUCKLE SHOP
The squares are mostly seen on the large barns in the rural parts of Kentucky. Also, you can find them on some of the smaller farm outbuildings. In addition to the farm buildings some local commercial places are mounting squares. This post covers the squares found on a few of the local Berea merchants.

PIRATE STAR
The Kentucky project is basically run by volunteers which helps tighten community ties. Participants include people from the area in designing each individual and different square -- from painters to extension agents, senior citizens and school children -- even the local electric company lends a bucket truck to hoist the squares into place on the building. The final result is not only a piece of folk art but a piece of communtiy building.

PIRATE STAR MOUNTED ON THE LOCAL ARTS COUNCIL'S BUILDING
The Kentucky Foundation For Women supports the project as they feel that it becomes a lasting legacy of binding women across place and time. And that the Quilt Trail honors the power of women's art to strengthen families and communities.

SWEET STARS

SWEET STARS MOUNTED ON THE FUDGE SHOP

DUTCH WINDMILL


DUTCH WINDMILL IS MOUNTED ON THE BACKSIDE OF THIS HISTORIC BEREA BUILDING -- THE OLD BEREA HOTEL BUILT AROUND 1915

The Madison County Quilt Square project receives grants and donations to make their project viable. For more information on Madison county's squares you can contact Madison County Extension or Kentucky Arts Council.

VIEW MY OTHER POSTS ON QUILTS SQUARES AND QUILTS BELOW:

KENTUCKY QUILT 1885 WITH PROVENANCE


QUILT SQUARES ON BARNS

5 comments:

  1. Hi
    I am working on a project that may interest you. please email me at katpsfiddleshop@aol.com. My ggrandpa Ogg was a photographer in central and eastern ky form 1875-1940. many of his images are out there but unattributed. I am trying to write a book and find/rediscover as many of his picturs as possible. love your blog and thought this might interest you...

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  2. kathi -- What an interesting project. My suggestion would be to contact the photo archives at Berea College Library, State of KY Preservation Office or any of the many local colleges where he was a photographer. I regret to tell you that I no longer email from my post. All correspondence is through the comment section. Good luck -- I am sure you will find some photos or documents to support your book. -- barbara

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  3. hi
    thanks for your reply. I am aware of those pics. as well as some at eku and uk. i was particularly interested in the middletown school photo and the paintlick fire.

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  4. Mel's Cabin recognizes the accomplishments of others and places a link to the other person's blog..yours are divine....and so noted in the Barn Quilt post. I would hope others would do the same for Mel's Cabin blog. Thank you for drawing this to my attention. It was well received and noted. Mel is a new follower.

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  5. Mel -- thanks for the response to my question. I am glad to share my photos online with resource credit. -- barbara

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