About The Ponchatoula Quilt Trail

The Ponchatoula Trail is completely located in the south of Tangipahoa Parish. You'll travel through strawberry fields to the Tangipahoa line on the west, through the city of Ponchatoula and south to Manchac and the serene swamp landscape.

 

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A Colorful Life

The Big Red Barn 4’X 4’
234 SWRR Ave, Ponchatoula, LA
Artist: Melissa Durel Porter, owner

The images in this pattern represent the playful atmosphere of the Big Red Barn, a creative arts center for kids. The artistic silhouettes of children-at-play make up the color wheel while paint brushes and watercolor palettes provide the border.

 

The Old Train Depot

Ponchatoula Country Market 4’X4’
10 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, LA
Artist: Jessie Cox, Ponchatoula

The Country Market is located inside the city’s original train depot & the city is the strawberry capital. An alligator is the engineer because he lives next door as the town mascot. The symbol surrounding the pattern signifies the railroad crossing.

 

Sports and More

Ponchatoula Area Recreation District
4’X4’ 19030 Ponchatoula Parks Drive
Ponchatoula, LA
Artist: Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula

This quilt pattern represents many of the sports programs offered at the PARD facility: kickball, fishing,
soccer, basketball, baseball and football.

 

To God Be The Glory

Melancon Residence 2’ X 2’
40124 McCarroll Lane
Ponchatoula, LA
Artist: Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula

The owners chose this pattern to recognize that Christ is the center of their life: Mr. Melancon is a Deacon at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and Mrs. Melancon is the organist there & at 1st Presbyterian. The bird stands for her bird watching and counting.

 

Basilica Tribute

KC Hall 3'X3'
1701 Pecan Court, Ponchatoula, LA
Sponsored by Ginger McLin, Ponchatoula
Artist: Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula

The geometric shapes represent the many nationalities of the Christian faith. This pattern was inspired by a marble tile design seen by the artist in a famous basilica in the United States.

 

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Gardenettes' Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Garden
300 block of S. 6th St., Ponchatoula
Sponsored by Ponchatoula Gardenettes
Artist: Margaret Bailey, Ponchatoula, LA

The Gardenettes converted the old city swimming pool into a butterfly garden thus the blue diamond. The Louisiana iris is the state flower for Louisiana Garden Club Federation and the red rose signifies the Ponchatoula chapter. The pink rose represents breast cancer awareness & the green, our ever present weeds.

 

Tangi Turtle

Tangi Turtle Farm 3'X3'
13202 Hwy. 22, Ponchatoula
Artist: Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula, LA

The 16 points represent the 16 varieties of healthy baby turtles shipped to 25 countries worldwide from Tangi Turtle Farm, Inc., an industry leader in the farming and sale of baby turtles. Established in 1953 by Ralph & Hazel Boudreaux, the six scales on the shell are the 60 years that 4th & 5th generations have worked the farm now owned by son Keith.

 

 

And The Eagle Will Fly

Davis Residence 4'X4'
20040 Glory Road, Ponchatoula, LA
Artist: Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula
Painted by Jennifer Davis

This quilt pattern is in honor of the owner’s son and all things military. Her grandfather served in WWI; father in WWII; and her son in Iraq twice: a true salute to our United States.

 

A Clothesline of Quilts for Donna Sue

The Quilt Trail Shoppe 4’ X 4’
146 W. Oak Street, Ponchatoula
Funded by Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail Assoc.
Artist: Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula, LA

This block honors the vision of Ohio resident Donna Sue Groves who, in 2001, began the first Quilt Trail. Since then, Trails have spread throughout 46 states and Canada to create what she imagined as a clothesline of quilts, blossoming into the fastest growing grass roots public arts movement in America.
The center pattern is the Snail’s Trail which is painted on Donna Sue’s barn in honor of her mother. The 12 quilt blocks that hang on the businesses, homes and barns on the surrounding clotheslines represent patterns that are dear to Donna Sue’s heart from the Ohio Star to her mother’s favorite pattern: Clay’s Choice.

 

Tribute to Nick

POLAND RESIDENCE 4'X4'
386 North Sixth Street, Ponchatoula
Artist: Anna Poland

The images in this block are in honor of the Poland's son, Nick. Born and raised in Houston, Texas (center pattern), Nick is an Eagle Scout who loves to read (book on the back of the eagle) and currently a senior majoring in Chemistry (beakers) at Ole Miss (red, white, blue).

 

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The Hubert Loving Cup

Patty and Paul Hubert 4'X4'
Patty Hubert State Farm Insurance
1513 Hwy. 51, Ponchatoula
Artist: Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula

This pattern is a combination of the passions of its owners: Patty-gardening (ferns, ivy); Paul-photography & motorcycling. The Loving cup represents their support & commitment to charitable causes (Hospice, Lallie Kemp) and their love of music & the performing arts, thus the stage of the Columbia Theater on which their loving pets perform to the Huberts’ front row reserved seats. The red and white represents their professional careerwith State Farm.

 

Elemental Balance

Balance Massage & Lauren Rabalais 4'X4'
LOCATION: 174 South Sixth Street, Ponchatoula, LA
Artist: Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula

The four essential Elements of earth, wind, water and fire are represented inside the traditional Bear Paw pattern. The tools of the massage trade (warming rocks, candles and soothing water) join together the four elements in the center of the pattern.

 

Taranto Midlife (Currently Uninstalled)

Linda and John Taranto 4'X4'
LOCATION: 290 S. 5th St., Ponchatoula, LA
Artist: Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula

The images highlight the Tarantos’ passions: their 1964 black Thunderbird that was flooded in Hurricane Katrina, their 1976 blue El Dorado Cadillac Convertible and their 1976 red Harley Davidson, two children and four grandchildren. The block also serves as a fitting and poignant tribute to John himself. (1941-2013)

 

The Cross and Flame

First United Methodist Church 4'X4'
LOCATION: 201 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, LA
Artist: Donna Mollere, Ponchatoula

The image of the cross and flame has been a symbol of the Methodist faith for over 200 years. The 12 points on the flames represent the 12 apostles. The liturgical year celebrating the life of Jesus Christ is marked by 7 seasons: Advent-purple/blue/red, Christmastide-white/gold, Epiphany-green, Lent-purple, Eastertide-white/gold, Pentecost-red, Kingdomtide-green.

 

I Saw It

CliffCraft, LLC. 4'X4'
LOCATION: 221 B Southwest RR Avenue, Ponchatoula, LA
ARTIST: Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula, LA

Once upon a time, Cliff found a piece of old lumber. In that piece, he saw a custom built piece of furniture using a long-gone resource of ancient cypress. The rest is future history. Images: saw blade, routers, molding and rosettes.

 

The Floral Touch

SPECIAL TOUCH FLORIST 4'X4'
LOCATION: 1545 Hwy. 51, Ponchatoula, LA
DESIGNER: Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula, LA
PAINTER: Shaun Pepitone, Ponchatoula, LA

The flowers in this pattern include the owner's favorites: the open rose, the Louisiana iris and the calla lily. The stars in the corners are in memory of her grandmother's favorite quilt pattern. The winged angel symbolizes the florist's speedy delivery.

 

Tres Therapy

PONCHATOULA THERAPY 4'X4'
LOCATION:  132 S. 6th St., Ponchatoula, LA
ARTIST: Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula, LA
PAINTERS: Carrie Layrisson and Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula, LA

The Fleur de Lis represents the three services provided by Ponchatoula Therapy: physical, occupational and speech therapy. The colors represent their support of local sports especially Southeastern Louisiana University, LSU and the Saints.

 

Gator Pinion

PINION RESIDENCE 31"X31"
LOCATION: 41105 S. Range Rd., Ponchatoula, LA
DESIGNED & PAINTED BY Owner

The two alligators represent Mr. and Mrs. Pinion especially because Mr. Pinion's nickname is "Gator". The tree is a Pinion Tree. The three yellow triangles symbolize their children while the small triangles are grandchildren and a great grandchild. 

 

Pharmaceutical Osborn

MEDITHRIFT PHARMACY 4'X4'
LOCATION: 240 West Pine Street, Ponchatoula
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula
PAINTED by Shaun Pepitone, Ponchatoula

This images on this block represent the husband and wife pharmacist team who own Medithrift Pharmacy: their careers (mortar and pestle, tablets), their interests (beach and golf) and their family (three children + two parents = five capsules). The shape of the building which houses Medithrift is depicted on the border. 

 

Arrow Through My Heart

AYALA RESIDENCE 2'X2'
LOCATION: 250 N. 8th Street, Ponchatoula
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Cricket Ayala

The artist's heart surrounds her husband's in the center. The small green hearts represent her parents while the two blue hearts are her brother and sister-in-law. The corner dog paws are in memory of her deceased pets.

 

Mom's Sunbonnet Sue

BAILEY RESIDENCE
LOCATION: 560 E. Magnolia Street, Ponchatoula
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Owner

In the mid 1940’s, the owner’s Granny made a Sunbonnet Sue quilt for her. Fifty years later, her mother unearthed some of her Granny’s extra squares which she made into a new Sunbonnet Sue quilt. While it was being hand quilted, the owner put in enough stitches to have three generations work on the quilt. This quilt square is in memory of her mother with images representing her school teaching (star), her love of flowers (pansy), her commitment to Christ (cross), her patriotism (flag) and her love of life (heart). The purple and red were her mother’s favorite colors.

 

Millside Fare With Sports Flare

MILLSIDE RESTAURANT & BAR 3'X3'
LOCATION: 810 SWRR Ave., Ponchatoula
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Ann Boudreaux

The catfish and shrimp pinwheel represents the variety of seafood served at the establishment. Many LSU and Saints fans are customers therefore the teams’ colors are represented in the border of the block. Millside was named in honor of the old Cypress Mill that operated for many years (1921-1956) in the nearby area which drew families to settle in this area. History of the mill can be found by Googling “Ponchatoula Cypress Mill”.

 

Circle of Life

McEWEN RESIDENCE 3'X3'
LOCATION: 101 South Gate Dr., Ponchatoula
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Janet McEwen

Faith-filled cat lovers, the McEwens' first born grandchild created an 'old meets new' generational circle of life (cat tails).

 

Childhood Dream

DAVIS RESIDENCE 2'X2'
LOCATION: Side porch at 20040 Glory Rd., Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa-south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia & PAINTED by Jennifer Davis

Jennifer's father bought the property where the Davis family now lives. The land is filled with pine trees and wisteria bushes. As a child, Jennifer played in the old sharecropper's house that is still on the property today. 

 

The Class of  '61

PONCHATOULA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL   4'X4'
LOCATION: 315 East Oak Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Donna Mollere, Ponchatoula, La. 

The Class of 1961 graduated from Ponchatoula High School, which is now the site of Ponchatoula Junior High. Its stately architecture is a Ponchatoula landmark and is the logical place to locate the class’s gift. The middle block with the green triangles is called “Ocean Waves,” an old and popular quilt block. Ponchatoula High colors are green and white, and the football team is known as the Green Wave. The four stylized buildings around each side of the Ocean Waves block represent the four years we attended high school. The high school is noted for its red brick, multiple floors, and white columns in front. On each side of the brick buildings, there are six green points to symbolize the “6” in “61” and a single leaf to represent the “1” in “61.” 

 

Seafood Platter

MIDDENDORF’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
LOCATION: north side of the original building facing the parking lot at 30160 Hwy. 51 South, Akers (also known as Manchac)
PARISH: Tangipahoa-south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula & PAINTED by Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula.

Just like their seafood platter, their quilt design is a combination of Middendorf’s most notable ingredients—catfish, crabs, their iconic building, red and white striped awnings and alligators—all of which also represent the Manchac swamps.

 

Collective Enmon

JANI-KING GULF COAST 4'X4'
LOCATION: 100 West Pine Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia & PAINTED by Shaun Pepitone, Ponchatoula

The pattern includes the historic Campbell Building which houses the Jani-King offices as well as retail shops and the corner cafe. Inside each building is a hint of the Jani-King crown in its center. The corner cabins and the fir trees represent the owners’ connection to North Carolina. The middle shapes signify their children and grandchildren.

 

The Personal Connection

PUGH RESIDENCE 4'X4'
LOCATION: On the outbuilding at the end of the driveway at 1690 Hwy. 51, Ponchatoula (Tourists are encouraged to drive through the front gate to the back to view the quilt block.)
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia & PAINTED by Shaun Pepitone, Ponchatoula

The images signify Representative Steve Pugh’s connections as a Louisiana Legislator (lattice), his role as Strawberry King (the berries), his family’s floral business (flowers) and his Irish heritage (shamrock). Mrs. Pugh’s Italian heritage and her donation of 500 stuffed artichokes every year is the significance of the artichoke at the bottom of the quilt. Other images include their faith (cross) and their family (the green housing blocks that appear between the flowers). 

 

JuPops

HULSEY RESIDENCE
LOCATION: 143 Colver Drive, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula & PAINTED by Owner

The images represent the couple’s careers, his in the military and education (Marine stripe on the edge of navy background) and hers in science education (beakers). Other images include his cattle herd and tomato crop and her love of books and cats. The Hulsey’s and their three children are represented by the five shapes in the center of the quilt block.

 

B & G  Deco

BARSLEY RESIDENCE
LOCATION: 345 South 4th Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia & PAINTED by Shaun Pepitone, Ponchatoula

The images represent the couple’s passion for the work of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as their own careers—hers as an administrator and math educator (abacus) and his as an administrator at the LSU Dental School (teeth). In the center, the X represents their vast collection of ceiling fans.

 

Johnny's Caddy

D. JOHN MOLLERE STATE FARM INSURANCE 3'X3'
LOCATION: 713 West Pine Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa-south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Donna Mollere, Ponchatoula.

John Mollere loves old cars and finally bought his dream car, a 1948 Cadillac. He wanted the Cadillac logo on his quilt block, but since logos and words are not allowed, he had to create a block which would only read as “Cadillac” to him. His wife Donna deconstructed the emblem and rearranged it like a puzzle to create a quilt block for his office front. Since he is a State Farm Agent, he used the “State Farm red.”

 

Family Floral Trail

ARNONDIN RESIDENCE   32"X32"
LOCATION: 150 Nellwood Drive, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by owner & PAINTED by Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula

The flowers in each square represent the places the family has lived: Louisiana twice (magnolia and fleur de lis), Scotland (thistle) and Texas (bluebonnet). 

 

Calm at 211

ZABBIA RESIDENCE  4'X4'
LOCATION: End of the driveway at 211 North 7th Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Kim Zabbia

The images represent the three passions in the owners’ lives that relieve stress: the husband’s tractor, the wife’s art (pencils) and the couple’s trips to the beach in Perdido, FL (nautilus shell).

 

And All That Jazz

WATTIGNEY RESIDENCE   4'X4'
LOCATION: side wall of garage, facing street, at 1088 North Haven Drive, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Owners.

Both retired music teachers, this couple added the trumpets and vocal music to personalize the square, and the colors coordinate with their home.

 

Trains on the Move

ELECTRIC TRAIN DEPOT  4'X4'
LOCATION: Front of building facing Tower Road at 1111 SWRR Avenue, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula & PAINTED by Owners Pam & Jeff Fowler

A Lionel Train Dealer, the Depot’s quilt block pattern mimics the Lionel package colors and illustrates a miniature train and the tiny trees that line the tracks.

 

Don's Rooster

ALLEN RESIDENCE   3'X3'
LOCATION: Front yard of 141 North 7th Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula & PAINTED by Owner

The owner has a huge collection of strawberry memorabilia while the rooster represents her husband’s pet before he passed away.

 

The Right Tools

THE RIGHT CHOICE HAIR SALON  4'X4'
LOCATION: behind Sonic Drive-in at 751 West Pine Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia & PAINTED by Owner, Shaun Pepitone, Ponchatoula

The quilt pattern includes images of the cosmetology trade: scissors, combs, products and hair dryers. The Right Choice has been in business since 1986 specializing in the care of healthy hair.

 

Wings of Bravery

PONCHATOULA POLICE DEPT.   4'X4'
LOCATION: East side of the Police Dept. Annex at 110 W. Hickory Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula & PAINTED by Annie Miller & Stacey Newsham, Ponchatoula

The quilt pattern contains the law enforcement symbols of the eagle, the badge and the stars and stripes.

 

PVFD On Call

PONCHATOULA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.  4'X4'
LOCATION: 610 East Pine Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula
PAINTED by Pam Fowler, Ponchatoula

The images represent the tools of the fire fighting trade: hydrant, hose, ladder, hook and ax. PVFD has been in existence since 1920 and maintains a Class 3 Fire Rating in the city and a Class 4 in the rural areas.

 

Fireman's Coffee

PAUL’S CAFE  3'X3'
LOCATION: 100 East Pine Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula & CREATED with Vinyl on Metal by Kenny Holden, Ponchatoula

The cross in the center symbolizes a volunteer fireman on call in the center of the city as the owner of Paul’s Café has been a Ponchatoula Volunteer fireman since 1976, the year he opened the café. The mugs and the strawberries represent the café’s most popular beverages: coffee and homemade strawberry daiquiris. The golden X represents the central location of Paul’s Café at the crossing of Ponchatoula’s main street and the railroad tracks.

 

 

Ponchatoula on the Tracks

PONCHATOULA CITY HALL   4'X4'
LOCATION: on the east side of 125 West Hickory Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula & PAINTED by Carleen Ott and Sue Davis.

If it had not been for the train tracks, Ponchatoula would not exist. If it had not been for the strawberry crop, Ponchatoula would not have thrived. The largest flag to fly in the South accents the quilt.

 

Faith and Family

R. PEVEY RESIDENCE  3'X3'
LOCATION: front porch of 225 E. Cypress St., Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula

This quilt block depicts the unity resulting from their faith and family.

 

Marie's Crazy Quilt

CARROLL RESIDENCE   4'X4'
LOCATION: on the garage facing the street at 41217 Rue Maison, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula

The crazy quilt was made by Marie to thank her husband for his tender care after her stroke. 

 

Quatrefoil

CARTER CHIROPRACTIC  3'X3'
LOCATION: 1120 Hwy. 51, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Adele McClintock, Ponchatoula

Wellness, health and a balanced life and body are represented by the pool of slowly dripping water within the quilt pattern.

 

Waterman's Law

BUSINESS: Waterman Law Firm 4'X4' 
LOCATION: side of the building on the corner of South 5th St. and 195 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula

The images represent the law firm: judge’s gavels, law books and the scales of justice. 

 

Family Tree

WRIGHT RESIDENCE  2'X2'
LOCATION: on the building behind the house on the corner of Chestnut St. and 565 N. 6th Street, Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Owner.

The yellow blocks represent five siblings; red blocks, their parents; blue blocks, their grandparents; gray blocks, their great grandparents. 

 

C&D's Strawberry Patch

BLACKWELL RESIDENCE  3'X3'
LOCATION: on the fence gate to the right of 265 W. Beech St., Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED BY Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula

The image celebrates the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival which occurs in the park across the street from their home. The owners plant and raise a small strawberry patch each year.

 

La Croix

PEVEY RESIDENCE  3'X3'
LOCATION: on the shed behind the house at 600 W. Willow St., Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED by owner & PAINTED by Ann Boudreaux, Ponchatoula

French for the Cross, La Croix reflects the family’s French heritage as well as Christ as the center of their lives. The 8 rose sections represent the eight daughters while the four ivory squares reflect the couple’s parents as the cornerstones of their lives.  

 

Family Ties

BOUDREAUX RESIDENCE  3'X3'
LOCATION: on the white metal garage behind the house at 590 W. Willow St., Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Owner. 

The four diamonds represent the four children. The infinity cross reflects faith as well as 18 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and any to be born in the future. 

 

Classic Clay

BUSINESS: The Clay Station  
LOCATION: 140 West Oak St., Ponchatoula
PARISH: Tangipahoa--south
DESIGNED & PAINTED by Kim Zabbia, Ponchatoula

Classes on the potter’s wheel take place inside, so the quilt block’s circle represents the wheel, and there are four lidded orange bowls and four tall brown vases to represent the fired clay. This pattern is the first quilt block installed in Louisiana on March 1, 2011. 
 

 

Fannaly Auto Graveyard

Fannaly Residence   41411 S. Range Rd Ponchatoula, LA    Artist: Vicky Fannaly  

This site was first used in the 1800's for Campbell Brick Yard then in the 1940's for the Braun strawberry farm.  The graveyard, created by Marion Fannaly in 1962, contains 150+ antique cars and four registered live oaks. 

 
 
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Felder Family Gems

Felder Residence 220 W. Magnolia Street   Ponchatoula, LA   Artist: Yvonne Felder

In this personal quilt pattern design, the seven diamonds represent the owner's seven children and their birthstones.