What is a Barn Quilt Trail?
Barn quilts are said to have been founded by Donna Sue Groves of Adams County, Ohio in the 1980s. Quilt patterns were generally painted onto 8x8' square pieces of plywood and installed on barns, but some decided to go a bit smaller and create 2x2' and 4x4' barn quilt squares and display them on fence poles, utility sheds or anywhere else that they would be visible to those that passed by. In the 35 years since the first barn quilt appeared in in Adams County over 7000 barn quilts have been created and proudly displayed throughout North America.
What is the Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail?
This initiative was put together by the County of Simcoe and the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture, with the original idea to celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial, the 150th Anniversary of Canada's Confederation.
The Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail will feature 150 quilts by the time it is complete at the end of 2019. It will be composed of a series of trails that meander through Simcoe County's beautiful countryside. This self-guided trail will provide a new approach to exploring the area. It will highlight the county's many farm-based businesses and tell stories that are intrinsic to the rich fabric of Simcoe County. Each quilt pattern will be different and many represent family traditions and local heritage.
Each quilt block is painted on two 4x8' aluminum panels, not plywood, to create an 8x8' square. Using aluminum instead of plywood will ensure a longer lasting and more durable final product and also one that's a little bit lighter (the installation company likes that!).
The pattern is chosen by the quilt host in collaboration with the project's Artistic Coordinator and the pattern is transferred onto the two panels. The quilt is then painted by either the host and their friends and family, a volunteer painter, or at various community paint sessions that are held in different locations throughout the year.
The Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail is about celebrating rural communities. What better way to celebrate community than to have the community involved?
Our goal is to complete 150 quilts county wide-by the end of 2019.
60 quilts will be installed by the end of 2018 and a further 90 installed in 2019.
Where is the Trail?
The trail will traverse the whole county; from Bradford West Gwillimbury to Collingwood and from Severn to Adjala-Tosorontio.
When the trails are complete, you will be able find quilts in every township in Simcoe County.
Who are we looking for?
QUILT HOSTS: We are looking for barn quilt hosts who have barns or implement sheds in Simcoe County. These buildings must be visible from the road and maintained for 5 years.
PAINTERS: We are also looking for volunteer painters and community groups to help paint the barn quilts. Don't let a lack of artistic ability be a factor! If you can hold a paint brush you can help to paint a barn quilt. We have held a number of very fun paint events throughout 2018 and will be holding many before the project is completed in December 2019.
At this point, there is NO COST to participate. Hosts may have to purchase their own paint if they desire a specific colour that is not already available.
•Tourism Simcoe County and Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture are the sponsors for this project.
•Dulux Paint has supplied 18 colours of paint through their Colourful Communities sponsorship program.
Who Decides What the Quilt Pattern Will Be?
- The barn owners decide what quilt design they want to display on their barns. They are allotted a 3 hour consultation with the project's Artistic Coordinator.
- Barn owners that are open to hosting any design will be assigned a quilt pattern
- 18 colours of paint have been provided by Dulux through their Colourful Communities program. *Hosts may have to purchase their own paint if they desire a specific colour.
- All designs must be approved by the Project Coordinator and Artistic Coordinator.
Who Does the Painting?
- Barn owners
- Volunteer painters
- Community groups
*There is no remuneration for painting, as this is a volunteer project. Painters will be recognized on the website page which will describe each quilt and barn.*
The Quilts are Painted, Now What?
- The quilt panels are attached to a 2"x4" pressure treated frames
- The quilts are installed on the barns by a professional sign installer (Signz N Designz)
Once more than 60 quilts are installed, promotional material will be created that will guide visitors to each location throughout Simcoe County and provide background about the hosts, the quilt design and the painters
Volunteer to Paint a Barn Quilt
Apply to Host a Barn Quilt
Further questions can be directed to Ruth Sawyer firstname.lastname@example.org, (705) 726-9300 ext. 1408