How to start a trail in your county

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We welcome new quilt trails across Arkansas and hope you will join our group! Read further to find out how.

Arkansas Quilt Trails is an initiative of Rural Community Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower rural communities to effect change by creating opportunities in education, economic development, and youth empowerment to improve quality of life and place. The Quilt Trail was begun as a way of preserving local history while beautifying our communities for residents and visitors alike. Rural Community Alliance is a member-based organization that has 64 chapters across Arkansas. Each chapter works on local initiatives to revitalize its community, support its public school, collaborate within its region, and support RCA’s statewide policy work.

Any county/community may add a trail to Arkansas Quilt Trails by forming a Rural Community Alliance chapter with at least 20 members. Lifetime dues are $10 and forms are found on our website.

All quilt blocks must be painted on a wood surface and patterns must be approved by our Quilt Trail Committee, by emailing Renee Carr at carr@thenewrural.org.  Once a community/county has twelve approved blocks installed, a signed owner agreement for each block, and a story submitted for each block, we will add the new trail to the Arkansas Quilt Trails website.

The Stone County Quilt Trail and the Searcy County Quilt Trail have launched and more blocks are in the works. Meanwhile, Quilt Trails are currently being developed in Newton, Van Buren, Cleburne, and Pike Counties. Stay tuned for more quilt trails across Arkansas!

7 Comments

  • Love the idea.Have seen these in other parts of the country. Is it possible to have a speaker at one of our quilt club meetings. We have a little more than 50 members .Also planning a spring quilt show in Heber Springs, which had almost 500 folks attending two years ago. A possible display there would also be another idea.

  • Would love to see a Quilt Trail developed in PikeCounty. In fact, my antique store which is housed in an old home built in the late 1800’s would be the perfect place for one of these beautiful quilts.

    • Thanks for your response, Vicki! Your historic building would be a tremendous location for a quilt block! All we need is a county coordinator to get a trail developed in Pike County. The quilt trail sponsor, Rural Community Alliance, has chapters in Delight and Kirby so there should be some folks who would help carry out the plan. Our guidelines require 12 quilt blocks be up before we promote the county trail. I’ll contact you soon!

  • We are looking into this for Perry County. Can you send me more information on the Arkansas Quilt Trails? I looking for info about what type of buildings these may be displayed on, the size requirements of the quilts, and any other information that would be helpful to a community wanting to become part of this. We are wanting to have an informational meeting here at our Library to see if there is enough interest in the community, but need more information.
    Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

    • Looking forward to visiting the folks in Perry County to talk about starting a trail there! The size of the block is up to you, but needs to be large enough to see. Some are 8×8 ft, 6×6 ft, and 4×4 ft. There are a few 2×2 ft. but those are hard to see unless you are standing right by them. The quilt blocks can be displayed on homes, barns, and commercial buildings.

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