Have you ever wondered how barn quilts became so popular, what a barn quilt was for, where it originated from, how to make one, or even why a barn quilt?!? Well I have, especially after driving in town and seeing a new barn quilt on Boondocks! I love it!
Anyways, so where did the idea of a barn quilt come from? According to Wikipedia, the first official quilt trail was begun in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. Donna Sue Groves wanted to honor her mother, Maxine, a noted quilter, with a painted quilt square on the family's barn in Manchester, Ohio. Though many believe that the Groves farm is home to the first barn quilt, that is not the case. The first barn quilt was an Ohio Star which was unveiled as part of a community celebration at a nearby herb farm. The Groves farm later became part of a trail of 20 barn quilts that formed a driving trail throughout Adams County. Although an emerging concept, a U.S. national quilt trail has rapidly spread across Ohio to Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, North Dakota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Across the border in Canada, British Columbia has developed a trail, and barn quilts also exist in Ontario as well as in Kings County, New Brunswick.
If you have anymore questions, or interested in a barn quilt, I am sure the ladies in down town West Jefferson at Quilt Square Girls would be more than glad to help you! Here is their website http://www.ilovebarnquilts.com/index.html be sure to tell them we sent ya 😉
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