Donna Sue Groves' Visit
The concept of barn quilts began with Donna Sue and her wish to honor her mother, Maxine, and her Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn. With the help of friends and community members, Donna's vision grew to a trail of 20 quilt barns in Adams County, Ohio, which began in 2001.
Next week I travel to Ohio and I know there is a great many there,,
A National Quilt Trail is rapidly spreading across Ohio to Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Iowa, and North Carolina and beyond. Over 400 colorful quilt squares adorn barns, flood walls and other significant community structures. All projects are similar but they are shaped by each community’s own values, vision, heritage and cultural strengths. Each grass roots community project captures the spirit of place using ‘art’ for community celebration and economic development.
This simple idea has spread to 27 states and to Canada, and the trail continues to grow. Over 2000 quilts are part of organized trails; dozens more are scattered through the countryside waiting to be discovered. Follow the Trail on Facebook
Many states have maps of their barn locations. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see one