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Quilt Trail – Block for our house

Have you seen or heard about the Quilt Trails in North Carolina and Tennessee? The idea got it’s start in Ohio and these quilt blocks can now be found in 30 states and in Canada. Western North Carolina boasts 200. Most of these blocks hang on barns in the country side and you can find driving maps that will lead you from one to another.

I don’t have a barn, but I really wanted a block. Steve built me one for Christmas and primed it with white paint. It’s been sitting for months waiting for me to make a decision on what design I wanted. I played with “Lady of the Lake” and with “Mariner’s Compass”, both of which would be meaningful to us. But both of those would be tedious and difficult to paint and I am NOT a painter! 😉

I finally decided on “Crossed Canoes” as both Steve and I paddle.

Here are a few pictures of the process:

Here is the large white square. It’s made of 1×4’s for the sides/edges and then a 3/8″ sheet of plywood was screwed on top. The corners are bracketed on the back to prevent warping. Then it was primed white. Here you can see my pencil lines for the design and the first canoe is painted in.

Here is the block painted.

And here it is hanging on the side of our house. We chose to hang it above the garage door where we can see it when we drive in.

Here is a close up. 

We really like it. It stands out when we drive up to the house. Steve says he wants to make another one to hang on the opposite side of our house so it can be seen from the lake.


About delanequilts

Full time wife, mother, grandmother; friend to many; crazy aunt to a few. Avid lover of reading; 'making something from nothing'; karate! (Tang Soo!); nature and gardening though trying to cut back on time spent pulling weeds! Lover of essential oils!

3 responses »

  1. looks great! love that you chose a block that had meaning for both of you.

  2. You did an awesome job!

  3. OH this is an intriguing design, that captures one’s attention and suits a purpose.


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