Barn Quilt Trails of Farmersville

Barn Quilt Trails of Farmersville
September 25, 2018 Lisa Eastman
In Chamber News

FARMERSVILLE is blazing a new trail — so keep watching to get more information about our barn quilt trails and their new website.  We will keep you posted.

We know that each barn quilt mounted is another stop in a trail for tourists to follow through the area encouraging them to explore our communities.  Self-guided trail maps are in the process of being available (on this website) where you will also learn more about the history of the quilt patterns and all the things you can see and do while following the Barn Quilt Trail.

A BARN QUILT IS A PIECE OF WOOD, METAL, PLASTIC OR EVEN FABRIC THAT IS PAINTED OR MADE TO LOOK LIKE A QUILT BLOCK. These blocks are hung on the exterior of a barn, businesses, historic building, houses, garages, or mailbox posts–adding even more culture and history for our town.  We are working on workshops and so much more.  If you have a quilt square, or put up a quilt square let us know so we can add your location to our map.

THE EARLIEST VERSIONS OF BARN QUILTS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. Just as fabric quilts have their own unique history, so do barn quilts. While barns were not painted back in the day, they were decorated with different types of folk art. This included quilt blocks once paint was readily available and affordable. People chose certain blocks to reflect particular meanings.  In the early 2000s, barn quilts start showing up again, and these are the ones you probably see today. This is also when the first quilt trail began, originating in Ohio.

A quilt trail consists of many barn quilt designs that are mapped and visible along our roads.  Those following the trail can use a map (when it is completed) with all of the locations marked, and drive through the countryside to see all of the blocks. There are quilt trails all over the United States.

If you have questions call Kathy Wingo at 972-768-4902.