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How to Join the Black Belt Quilt Trail & How to Create Your Own Quilt Block


  • Step 1: Confirm that your site qualifies and is located within our 19 county service region.
  • Step 2: Design Your Block
      • Important things to remember when you design your block.
        • No Words or Logos are allowed (Logos without text may be allowed with prior approval)
        • Blocks must be square
        • Block must be at least 2’X2’ or larger
        • Design must “Read” as a quilt with emphasis on a patchwork design applique ideas are acceptable
      • Use Graph Paper To Make Your Design
        • Keep in mind the story that you wish to portray (you may choose a tradition quilt block pattern if it fits your story).
        • Draw a patchwork of triangles and squares to create your design.
        • If design assistance is needed contact Black Belt Treasures.
        • See handout for links to design ideas.
  • Step 3: Color Your Pattern
    • Color your design, using colored pencils, crayons, or markers. The color choice is up to you.
    • Remember that the more colors you use the more paints you will have to purchase.
  • Step 4: Review & Register with BBTCAC using the Application
    • Black Belt Quilt Trail Committee will meet to approve your design.
    • Registering ensures that no one else on the Black Belt Quilt Trail can use your design.
    • Once your design is approved and you pay your registration fee, then you can purchase your materials and begin making your block.
    • Registration Fee
      • $50 bi-yearly registration fee
      • Registration fee covers
        • The cost of reserving your design so that no one else can use it
        • 500 printed brochures to be given out at your site (additional brochures available for an additional fee)
        • The inclusion of your block on the Black Belt Quilt Trail website, audio tours, social media, and promotional materials.
        • Education signage identifying your block as a part of the Black Belt Quilt Trail
        • Access to promotional resale items at cost + 15%
  • Step 6: Attach Frame
    • Attach 2X2 frame to the back of the MDO board and spackle seams for a clean paint job and to help prevent little critters from nesting in the cracks
  • Step 7: Prime the Board
    • Prime the entire board front and back for the best possible sealer coat.
    • This also gives you a white surface to draw your design on.
  • Step 8: Host an unveiling for your community or site