Barn QuiltsCelebrating Our Heritage
Like giant roadside canvases, barn quilts easily combine two pieces of Midwest heritage—barns and quilts. The colorful patterns, painted on hundreds of barns throughout the region, create some beautiful scenery, perfect for an afternoon of driving or walking. Here are 11 Midwest tours that combine art with a scenic country drive.
Barn quilts originated in Ohio in 2001, when Donna Sue Groves promised her mother that she would paint a quilt square on the family barn. She soon pictured a trail of barn quilts that would attract visitors to Adams County, OH to boost the economy and preserve the tradition of American quilting. The Adams County trail now features over two dozen barns. In the last few years, Donna's vision spread to many other Midwestern rural communities. The largest trail in Missouri is the Boonslick Trail, which boasts over 35 barns throughout Cooper, Howard, and Saline Counties in north-central Missouri. The massive pieces of art often range is size from 2' x 2', up to 8' x 8'. The closest trail to Lake St. Louis, is the Calloway County Trail, featuring The “Nine Patch” design on the barn at Margot McMillen’s Terra Bella Farm. Margot's barn quilt is even in the book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” by Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves.
Next time you find yourself driving in rural Missouri, be on the lookout for these beautiful pieces of Midwestern art.
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We are hosting a workshop on July 29, beginning at noon, where we will be making our own 24" x 24" barn barn quilt, suitable for hanging inside or out. All supplies, including patterns, will be supplied. Get more information or register here: https://www..../event/249018