What’s a Barn Quilt?

Did you know that almost every Province in Canada now has a barn quilt trail?  The Interlake Barn Quilt Trail Committee is excited to be part of this growing tradition!

What is a barn quilt? “You know that quilts are made up of squares?  Well a barn quilt is a replica of one of those squares, painted on plywood… and hung on a building for passersby to see.  Most of them are mounted on barns, so they are called barn quilts. There are thousands of them all over the country.”  (Suzi Paron, Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement)

The quilt blocks are painted in such a way that they are weather resistant, bright and easily visible.  The block may represent a location such as “Fisherman Fred” in a fishing community or replicate a block that is in a favourite quilt made by a mother or grandmother.  The colours may also be an important component of the design.


What is a Barn Quilt? // Sample Instructions