Thursday, February 7, 2013

Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail

Pearl's thoughts-Did you know that we have a wonderful quilting resource to enjoy right here on the Northshore?  As you may know, I love quilt barns, and I went looking for some on my trip to Kentucky last summer.  I recently became aware of the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail after talking with Rosemary Ydarra and Donna Mollere.  The web site is, and you will find lots of useful information, including specific trails for the quilt blocks, addresses, and the stories behind the quilt blocks.

The block below is Classic Clay at The Clay Station, 140 West Oak St., Ponchatoula.  It is the first block to be installed in Louisiana, March 1, 2011.
The block below is Ponchatoula on the Tracks, located at the Ponchatoula City Hall. 

My husband and I went to Ponchatoula and saw 22 blocks in the area.  There is even one at Mittendorf's-lunch, anyone?   The block below is for Paul's Cafe in Ponchatoula on Hwy. 22.

These blocks range in size from two feet square to four feet square. You will find them on fences, garages, and the sides of buildings.  All of these wonderful blocks are the work of the board members for the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail, an enthusiastic group who would love to see more blocks added to the trails! 

In addition, you might enjoy visiting The Art Station 146 West Oak St  in Ponchatoula, which sells items associated with the quilt trail.  The hours are Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and all day Friday.  We at Bright Hopes Quilting have a poster from The Art Station which depicts the original 50 blocks-the art work is so intriguing, and I love the stories! 

By the way, there is a new block in Covington at the Covington Trailhead, installed Jan. 30, 2013.  There will soon be a block in Slidell.  I hope perhaps you will be curious to go see some of these quilt blocks!  I'm not sure which is my favorite, but I'd love to know which is yours!

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