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Volunteers needed to paint barn quilts (Ark City Traveler)

Tuesday, May 19 2015 2:29 PM

Barn Quilt

The Arkansas City Traveler

Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2015 12:10 am

Winfield — Cowley First has partnered with Volunteer Kansas to host a Barn Quilt Block Party at 9 a.m. May 30.

Cowley First is seeking volunteers to help to paint barn quilts, which will be hung and displayed on barns across Cowley County, and will be added to the Cowley County leg of the Flint Hills Barn Quilt Trail.

The painting event will be held at Tisdale Church, 17507 U.S. 160, just 7 miles east of Winfield.

A barn quilt is a quilt design painted on sign board, hung on a barn or outdoor structure, preferably viewable from a public road.

Cowley County is one of 22 counties participating in the Flint Hills Quilt Trail — a trail formed to celebrate agricultural heritage, promote rural pride and attract visitors to the area.

The “Barn Quilt Movement” started in Ohio when a daughter wanted to honor her mother and her Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn.

This simple idea has spread to more than 48 states and to Canada, with more than 7,000 quilts participating in the organized American Quilt Trail, which includes more than 200 quilts on the Flint Hills Quilt Trail and 35 on the Cowley County leg.

Information on the barn quilt trail can be viewed at www.cowleycounty.org/barn-quilt-trail.

Cowley First has identified barns in Cowley County as sites for barn quilts.

Volunteers that can donate a few hours or the day are asked to help to paint the barn quilts May 30. Painting should be completed by 4 p.m.

Prior to the painting day, the designs will be drawn onto the sign board.

Volunteers will tape off the design and paint the boards with all supplies provided.

Volunteers are welcome any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 30.

For more information on this opportunity, contact Deb Firebaugh at Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094, or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org.

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