July 9, 2014
While on a drive one day I noticed this pattern mounted on the side of a barn, I wondered what it was all about but never really gave it another thought. Then a week or so later on another rural road in Carroll County I spotted another colorful pattern. After an online search I found what I was looking for. These colorful displays are actually Barn Quilts and part of the American Quilt Trail Movement. There are 12 quilts throughout my county, I will be on the lookout and photographing each and every one. (Lots of shadows this day)
This Log Cabin quilt is located at:
Thomas Tree Farm ~ 3501 Hanover Pike ~ Manchester, MD
Below is some info from the American Quilt Trail Movement site: http://barnquiltinfo.com
Barn quilts are painted quilt squares-usually fashioned on boards and then mounted on a barn or other building. While cloth quilts are usually made up of a series of squares of the same pattern placed together, a barn quilt is almost always a single square.
In many communities, an organizing group-an arts council, a quilt guild, a 4-H club, or simply a motivated bunch of residents-work together to organize their barn quilts into a trail. Some are guided walks in a downtown area that includes historical buildings. More often, quilt trails take visitors on a drive through the countryside where barn quilts are mounted on farm buildings, on homes, along fences, and sometimes on freestanding posts. A quilt trail may include stops at galleries, farm stands, wineries and other points of interest that make the journey a day-long event.