What are the Simcoe County Barn Quilts?
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.
Simcoe County Barn Quilts are made up of over 150 quilts. This self-guided experience provides a new approach to exploring the area. It highlights 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.
Use the interactive map below to view the locations of the 155 barn quilt locations in Simcoe County. A printed map will be available in 2021.