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Jan 29

Kansas Quilt Trails

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM by Autumn Shoemaker

"Drive through the countryside anywhere in the world and you will most likely come across many barns.  They drape the country in many designs, colors and architecture.  Some barns are painted to display advertisements.  However, a woman named Donna Sue Groves, from Adams County, Ohio wanted to honor her mother by hanging a colorful painted quilt block on her barn.  Instead of just one quilt block, she began a community project with twenty quilt blocks being displayed along a driving trail to encourage visitors to travel through the countryside. This was the start of the first quilt trail in America."

This brief introduction describes a bit of the history of this one-of-a-kind project that anyone can enjoy! You may have already seen some of these squares proudly decorating the sides of country barns like this one: 


If you live in the Flint Hills of Kansas, and already have, or would like to add a quilt square to your barn, you can be a part of the trail! Just fill out this application

Just interested in viewing these works of art? Start your trip in Manhattan, and follow this guide to the area barn quilt squares! There are 22 Kansas counties in the Flint Hills region, and 16 of them feature these squares. Happy hunting! 

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