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Barn Quilts and Quilt Trails In The News

February 23, 2012

Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail, Wardsville (photo © Michelle Southern)

Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail, Wardsville (photo © Michelle Southern)

Although the winter season here has been more like a respite from the usual snow-laden burden we usually put up with, it’s still a spirit-lifting thought to think of spring coming in a few short weeks. With spring means the launch of new projects, especially those that require outside attendance and travel. Lately I’ve been seeing a few barn quilt and quilt trail articles, so in the interest of spring preparation I wanted to let you know about them. Many of the quilt barn trails maintain the historic names of the quilt blocks, and a large number of the blocks represent different time periods when quilting was popular. And because of the War of 1812 commemorations, many barn quilt trails are gearing up for extra visitors so they’ll be worth the viewing. If you’re a quilter, photographer, artist, or interested in history plan a day trip to travel a quilt trail. Here are a few recent articles that might interest you:

Quilt trail takes you off beaten path
“Brantford, Brant and the surrounding counties will soon have a patchwork of art decorating their roadside buildings. As part of the Southwest Ontario Barn Quilt Trails project, barns and other agricultural buildings in the area will be adorned with murals based on quilt block designs. Some will be on freestanding posts. The pieces of art will be markers to signal historical points of interest, many related to the War of 1812.” [ARTICLE]

More sites added to Walworth County Barn Quilts program
“The popular Barn Quilt Program of Walworth County, coordinated by the University of Wisconsin Extension, has updated 17 additional sites that have hung the painted 8′ by 8′ panels of quilt designs.” [ARTICLE]

Barn Quilts of Walworth County
“Educating the public about the art and history of quilting and promoting it as a form of art is another purpose of the barn quilt project. It’s a good combination: barns and quilts.” Includes LOTS of photos. [ARTICLE]

Barn Quilt Project of Shawano County
“The Shawano County Barn Quilt Project is catching some attention, especially by drivers” (video included) [ARTICLE]

Barn Quilts of Shawano County
Includes map listing Page, barn quilt map, and three pages of photos [SITE]

Quilt Trail Offers Tour, Book Signing at Two Venues
“Reservations are being accepted for a combination book signing and quilt trail tour on Friday, April 6. This event is being planned to coincide with the book signing tour of author Suzi Parron for Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement. Originators of the UCQT and its Ohio Star are highlighted in her book, which records the story of one of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts movements in the United States and Canada” [ARTICLE]

Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail
Info on the quilt trail, video, maps, and a downloadable flyer for the April 6 book signing and tour [SITE]

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