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Thames River Barn Quilt Trail

About Ontario Barn Quilt Trails

So.. what's a barn quilt?

Barn quilts are eight-foot square (and larger) painted replicas of actual fabric quilt blocks installed  on barns. Barn quilts become rural eye candy glimpsed as we roll down our rural highways. Barn quilts draw attention to Canada's disappearing rural landscapes, timber frame barns, and the family farm.

  • Barn Quilts tell a story,
  • Barn Quilts draw attention to unmarked historical places
  • Barn Quilts make a trail
  • Barn Quilts can create a themed route
  • Barn Quilts lead visitors from one site to the next

Barn quilts honour our quilters and the textile arts. Barn quilts draw attention to the magnificent barns that are fast disappearing. Barn quilts tell stories. They draw motorists to our rural highways, roads that have many stories to tell. Barn Quilts are rural graffiti - civic art pointing to sacred places, battlefields, and historic locations that we have forgotten about.

Thames River Barn Quilt Trails

Here is a beautiful quit that the Chatham-Kent Quilt Guild made to honour the people that settled the great community of Chatham Kent. Follow this wonderful volunteer organization as they paint, construct and install the 30 quilt images, creating the Thames River Barn Quilt Trail. 



For more information, please contact:
Heather Loucks, Chair, People of the Thames Barn Quilt Trail  

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Last updated:
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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