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But today's post isn't about quilts themselves. It's about quilt barns. Quilt barns are barns that have a quilt square (usually hand-painted) on them. The movement began when Donna Sue Groves and her mother moved to a farm in Ohio that had an ugly barn on it. Groves suggested to her mother that they should paint a quilt square on it to dress it up. Then she got the community involved, and soon there were 20 barns with quilts on them, the beginning of what became the American Quilt Barn Trail. Today there are 27 states and 2 Canadian provinces that have quilt barn trails, and tourists seek them out.
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For more on the quilt barn movement, visit American Quilt Barns. Or this blog has many absolutely gorgeous images of quilt barns. The author (coincidentally, because I just stumbled on this site 5 minutes ago) authored a soon to be released book on the history of the movement.
I love how something so simple and yet satisfying can grow into a movement that preserves pieces of history and provides joy as you drive down the road.
Happy virtual quilt barn touring!