How to start a trail in your county or contact your county’s coordinator

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

The Quilt Trail was begun as a way of preserving local history while beautifying our communities for residents and visitors alike.

All quilt blocks must be painted on a wood surface and patterns must be sent to the county coordinator who will get approval from the state committee.  Once a 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. We ask that block designs are sent to us for approval in advance of painting them as this helps prevent duplication of patterns. Of course, we will also review existing blocks and in most cases, will approve them for inclusion on the trail.

Stone, Searcy, Van Buren, Perry, and Baxter counties now have trails, while trails are being developed in Newton, Pike, Boone, Cleburne, Yell, Sebastian, Craighead, Washington, and Montgomery counties.

If you are interested in starting a quilt trail in a county that is not listed above, contact Arkansas Quilt Trails coordinator Renee Carr at 870-615-2195.

Following are the names and phone numbers of volunteer County Quilt Trail Coordinators across the state of Arkansas. If you have a question about a particular quilt block location in their county or would like to add a quilt block to that county’s trail, please contact the appropriate county coordinator.

Stone County – Renee Carr, 870-615-2195

Searcy County – Darryl Treat, 501-941-4828

Van Buren County – Shelley Moix, 501-514-4424

Perry County – Trinity Neeley, 501-889-2554

Baxter County – Virginia Cornett, 870-421-5299

Newton County – Sharon Pierce, 870-434-5508

Boone County – Gayla Lynch, 870-715-0632

Pike County – Marla Stewart, 870-223-3963

Cleburne County – Kathy Phillips, 501-270-2204

Sebastian County – Lorie Robertson, 479-719-6624

Yell County – Stacey Daughtrey, 479-229-3328

Washington County – Rita Zelei, 479-422-6030

Craighead County – Karee Martin, 870-318-1844

Montgomery  County – Amy Monk, 870-867-2311

17 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.

  • We visited the Ozarks this past week and saw all the beautiful quilt squares on the buildings. Next time we visit (next year?) I want to make the quilt trail a purposeful outing. Please let me know when maps will be published to make finding the quilt squares easier? Also, a real quilt of all these squares would be GORGEOUS!!

    • Hello, Penny. Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed seeing some of the quilt blocks in the Ozarks. The trail is expanding across Arkansas, county by county, and beyond the Ozarks to southwestern Arkansas. Right now there are Arkansas Quilt Trail brochures at several of the Arkansas Welcome Centers. The brochure features the Stone and Searcy county trails with addresses for each location. The brochure will be updated this fall and will include several other counties that have reached the 12 block minimum. So you’ll have even more to look at when you return!

  • Hi Renee…my name is Annie Fournier from Stitch in Time in Diamond City AR Boone County. Understand Gayla Lynch is our coordinator. Having some difficulty in connecting on details. We do have 20 members in our guild. I understand blocks are to be made of wood(kind?) 8 x 8 to be visible, design approval and need 12 blocks. Can one guild supply 12 blocks? Very interested but need details

    • Hi, Annie. I’ll email you the quilt block instructions. We require a county to have 12 blocks before placing them on the ArkansasQuiltTrails website and map. The quilt blocks can be anywhere in the county. You should submit your patterns to county coordinator Gayla Lynch so she can get them approved. The quilt blocks can vary in size. We have 4x4s, 6x6s, and 8x8s on the trail so far.

  • These are beautiful! Are the squares true quilt squares or are they made of wood to represent quilt squares? I live in Faulkner County. Do we have any participation in this at this time?

    • Hi, Janice. Thanks for your inquiry. You are correct that the quilt trail blocks are quilt patterns painted onto wood. We have not yet had anyone volunteer to be the Faulkner County Coordinator. That is the first step toward creating a county trail that becomes part of Arkansas Quilt Trails. A big hurdle is getting the first block up so others can see what it’s all about. If you are interested in putting up a block, that will be of great benefit. Also if you or someone you know is interested in being the volunteer county coordinator, please email Renee at rushingcarr@gmail.com

  • Just heard/saw Renee’s excellent presentation at Washington County EHC Spring Council Mtg. Stopped at White River Nursery on my way back to Elkins. Pulled into a parking slot & guess what was stareing at me from the privacy fence. Right—- a barn quilt

    • So happy to hear from you, Robin. I’ll email you and see what we can do about starting a trail in Carroll County.

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