Visitors to Lynchburg’s Spring in the Hollow on April 26 will have a chance to enjoy a pleasant ride through the county’s beautiful spring countryside and see a wide variety of local barn quilt patterns and locations.
Barn quilts are quilt square patterns painted — most often on 8-foot by 8-foot boards — and then mounted on a barn or other building. While cloth quilts are usually made up of a series of squares of the same pattern stitched together, a barn quilt is almost always a single square.
Designated driving routes through the countryside to view barn quilts are called “Quilt Trails.” Half of the 50 states and parts of Canada now have Quilt Trails. There are currently more than 3,000 registered barn quilts and hundreds more that are believed to be unregistered.
The Southern Middle Tennessee Resource Conservation & Development Council sponsors the Southern Middle Tennessee Quilt Trail. This trail is a driving route throughout nine counties in southern Middle Tennessee. It is designed to draw visitors to the region and promote sustainable economic development in rural areas.
In conjunction with the Quilt Show at the IBIS building, Moore County fce and the Senior Center are sponsoring an approximately one-hour Quilt Tour on a Senior Center van. Andrea Northcutt, Barn Quilt coordinator from Manchester, will be on board to give the pattern name, history and requirements for each quilt.
The first tour will leave at 9:30 a.m. from the IBIS building and another will depart about every 90 minutes thereafter. Tour organizers will determine when there are enough people gathered to start a tour. The cost of the tour is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and children under 6 years old are free. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Proceeds will benefit fce community projects and Senior Center services.
—By JUNE PUGH, correspondent (Additional information from Parron & Groves: Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement and <wwwtnquilttrails.com>)