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Barn Quilt Trail Application Extended

Barn QuiltThe deadline has been extended for those who want to be included in a brochure that will detail locations of barn quilts in Russell County.

Those who have barn quilts in Russell County have until May 1 to complete the application and return the information to [email protected] to be included in the brochure for this summer.

"We have extended the deadline because of the extreme weather this winter," said Pam Soetaert with the Russell County Barn Quilt Committee. "We have had a number of people telling us how much they are enjoying their neighbor's barn quilts."

The American Barn Quilt Trail includes more than 3500 barn quilts, inviting visitors to travel the countryside to enjoy looking at barn quilt art nationwide. Russell County will join several other Kansas counties to feature barn quilts and promote this tourist attraction.

The proposed quilt trail in Russell County will feature decorative barn quilts created by local artists. The Russell County Barn Quilt Committee hopes as quilt enthusiasts become aware of the project they will add their own quilt art to the trail.

Barn quilts are quilt square designs painted on wooden sheets and then affixed to barns or other outbuildings. Quilt squares in the rural areas are traditionally 8-feet by 8-feet. Those located "in town" are 4-feet by 4-feet, to be included on the national register.

"There is growing interest in barn quilts across the country," Soetaert said. "The interest in barn quilts and our connection to agriculture makes this a natural for our area."

Quilt trails are now being organized all across the country. Quilt blocks are displayed on barns around the countryside and then mapped out for tourists to follow these works of art. If the committee does not receive a completed application from the "owner" of the property, the barn quilt cannot be included in the tour. The paperwork from the property where the quilts are installed is important because the map will identify the locations of the quilt blocks, Soetaert added.

"Volunteers with the quilt trail committee believe the quilt trail will draw visitors into our rural communities as well as promote county-wide pride and showcase agriculture," Soetaert said.

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