The fast growing grass roots public art movement in history began in 2001 in Adam's County, Ohio where Donna Sue Groves wanted to honor her mother Maxine, her Appalachian heritage... and give their old tobacco barn some beauty.
Barn quilts are traditionally painted to look like a quilt square on a large 8 x 8 ft square slab of wood. These magnificent works of art can be seen all across the country in forty eight States and Canada hanging on barns., houses, businesses and mailboxes. This movement has inspired many others who also want to honor loved ones and family quilts. You can tour the colorful quilt trails that spur economic growth and preserve family quilting history.
See what trails you can blaze with this fast-growing art scene or make it an engaging 4-H project! Paint a barn quilt! Get a barn quilt trail going in your county! Challenge the county's around yours to a barn quilt off!
A little about me....
When I saw an article about barn quilts in a magazine, I knew with my quilting and painting background that this was perfect for me. I drew out the pattern and got busy! I then started going to trade shows to sell my art ...and as they say the rest is history! My barn quilts are painted on 1/2 inch pre-primed on both sides, MDO board. I then prime them again before using the best Sherwin Williams exterior paint to ensure they have a long life for their new homes!
Black Hills Quilt Show - June 3, 4, and 5, 2021
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N Mt Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701
Visit their website: bhquilters.org/events/quilt-show
Panguitch Quilt Walk - June 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2021
Panguitch High School Gymnasium, 390 E 100 S, Panguitch, UT 84759
Hill City Quilt Show & Sale - September 11 and 12, 2021
Hill City Middle School gyms, 488 E Main St, Hill City, SD 57745
Visit their website: visithillcitysd.com/event/hill-city-quilt-show-sale
Quilting In The Falls - September 24 and 25, 2021
MPEC, 1000 5th Street Wichita Falls, TX 76301