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Barn Quilt Trail Project

There are thousands of squares along quilt trails around the country. In the old days, quilting bees united woman who gathered to stitch colorfully patterned quilts. These quilting bees were a way of bringing community members together. This time around the individual squares aren’t sewn.  A quilt trail is a series of painted wood or metal pieces installed on barns, local businesses and significant buildings and even free standing. It is placed so that the pattern can be viewed as people drive past.

The designs for these colorful, geometric paintings are usually taken from the patterns traditionally used by quilters or they can be a pattern significant to the structure it is being placed.

This is a volunteer driven project.  All the squares will be painted by and financed by home owners or volunteers of various organizations.
We estimate that a quilt square will cost an average of $100 to $200 for materials. This will vary according to the materials used, size of the barn quilt and the cost of hanging the square. If you are interested in being a part of the Clay County Quilt Trail you will be responsible for sponsoring your square, getting the supplies and securing your own labor for painting and hanging the squares.
Please contact me at 218-443-6363  or the Clay County 4-H office at 218-299-5020 if you have additional questions pertaining to this project.
You are welcome to volunteer to become a member of the Clay County committee for this project. We look forward to hearing from you.


Lisa Kasson-Bauer
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 299-5020
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