Barn Quilts are:
- 8ft x 8ft, 4ft x 4ft, or 2ft x 2ft painted wooden blocks installed on barns, heritage buildings, businesses, or on posts in front of homes, in parks, etc.
- The designs are based on quilt patterns, and reflect the them of the trail and the vision of the property owner.
Barn quilt blocks that are connected by a theme make up a trail for divers, cyclists or walkers to enjoy.
Barn Quilt Trails:
- Promote and appreciate rural art;
- Honour quilters and the textile arts;
- Draw attention to heritage barns and other cultural resources;
- Tell stories about the community;
- Draw motorists to rural highways and roads, and into communities.
For more information about barn quilt trails in Ontario, visit: barnquilttrails.ca
- 2001 -Donna Sue Groves –in honour of her mother, a master quilter.
- First trail in Adams County, Ohio
- Now in 48 states and Canada (Ontario, Manitoba, NB, NS, BC)
- Over 7000 quilt blocks are part of organized trails
- One of the largest grassroots public arts movements in history
Benefits of a Barn Quilt Trail
TrailsFindings from the Ohio Arts Council Quilt Barn Impact Study (2008)
- Increasing Tourism
- Building Local Entrepreneurship
- Leveraging Resources for the Community
- Strengthening Networks and Partnerships
- Increasing Community Pride
- Accenting Local History and Flavour