Barnquilttrails.ca is a Canadian network of quilters, rural organizations, museums, historians, sponsors and many others with a passion for rural Canada. We are working together to promote and enhance rural creativity, the arts, Canadian heritage and culture.
September 2017 we launched the third revision of Barnquilttails.ca since we started curating barn quilts in 2009. So far, the trails hosted at this website are mainly from Ontario but this is a work in progress. We are thrilled about Huron County Barn Quilt Trail that was created as part of the preparations for the International Plowing Match.
You have found the place where you can get involved with the Barn Quilt movement. You have seen one, haven’t you? While driving along a county road? While driving to Florida? Have you spotted those beautiful art pieces installed on timberframe barns along I-75? Thousands of handsome barns proudly host a barn quilt in their gable peaks. The count is up to 6000 and spreading. It all started in Ohio but in Canada, we can’t resist. Barn quilts are just too much fun.
Barn quilts honour our quilters and the textile arts. Barn quilts draw attention to the magnificent barns that are fast disappearing. Barn quilts tell stories. They draw motorists to our rural highways, roads that have many stories to tell. Barn Quilts are rural graffiti – civic art pointing to sacred places, battlefields, and historic locations that we have forgotten about.
Come on Canada. Let’s get started. Barn quilt projects bring our communities together. Youth, elders, busy farmers, new residents, older timers, history buffs, business owners. A rural barn quilt project seems to get everyone involved. Check the How To Section for ideas how to get started.