Quilt Barn Trails
Quilt Barn Trails began in Southeast Ohio and spread throughout Appalachia in the twentieth century to promote tourism and to celebrate community heritage. The "quilts" are flat blocks of wood painted to look like quilts and affixed prominently to the side of a barn. Quilt Barn Trails are now popping up throughout the United States thanks to the efforts of community groups, scholars, and local and regional government and agencies. The Quilt Barn Trails, when linked with other local and regional quilt resources (museum collections, galleries, studios, and fabric and equipment sources), are fostering greater awareness of the continued interest in quiltmaking and quilt history studies.
"Follow the quilt barn trails: Quilt barn paintings make public art accessible to rural communities – and tourists." Christian Science Monitor, 2008.
Kentucky Arts Council. Kentucky Quilt Trails: Views and Voices. (book)
Johnson, Evelyn. Barns of Old Mission Peninsula and their Stories. Eladybug Publications, 2007.
Meyer, Zlati. "You Haven't Lived Here Until You See the Quilt Barns." Detroit Free Press, February 28, 2010.
Miller, Hannah. "Stars and Barns: The Quilt Trails project brings more color, customs and tourists to the northwestern Carolina countryside." Carolina Country.
Warner, Charlie. "Sale of barn quilts will help jump-start new organization." ARGUS News.
The Colorado Quilt Council is beginning a barn quilt trail in Colorado. Their mission is to create and document the Quilt Trails of Colorado project, and provide self-guided walking tours of each trail.
- Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail, Elkhart, County, Indiana
- Boone County, Kentucky
- Sponsored by the Florence Woman's Club
- Discover quilt trails by county at http://artscouncil.ky.gov/QTrails/QTrails.htm
- Map of the Old Mission Quilt Barn Trail: http://www.mibarn.net/Events/_documents/QuiltBro.pdf
- Instructions for Creating a quilt barn: http://www.mibarn.net/Events/_documents_QuiltBarnsofOldMissionPeninsula/buildingQuiltSquare.pdf
- List of quilt blocks in Mitchell and Yancey counties:
McDowell Quilt Trail, McDowell County
- The Adams County Ohio Quilt Sampler Project-Quilt Barn Squares
- The original Quilt Barn Trail
The Tennessee Quilt Trail Barns were made possible in part by the Appalachian Resource Conservation and Development Council.
- Celtic Quilt Trail
- Houston County, TN
- First quilt trail in Texas
Where You Can Buy Quilt Barn Panels
Barn Quilting: Sharing the Art of Community
Sara's Barn Quilt Creations For Sale
Safety and Courtesy
On any quilt trail, please use caution when slowing down or stopping near a site. Stopping on busy roads can be dangerous and illegal. All Quilt Barn sites are located on private property. They should be viewed only from the road unless otherwise indicated at the site location or if that site is a business open to the public.