American Quilt Trail Movement

The American Quilt Trail Movement
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   The Quilt Trail Movement is Continental!  The Quilt Trail movement started in Adams County Ohio and quickly spread across the United States and on into Canada.  It is truly a folk art phenomenon like no other.

Donna Sue Groves founded the first Quilt Trail in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio.  The first quilt square was installed on Groves’ barn in honor of her mother, long time and celebrated quilter, Nina Maxine.  From there Groves and her neighbors continued on to create the first Barn Quilt Trail.  Their main objective was to draw in tourism to help support local businesses and artists.  Little did they know they would be founding what has become a national folk art phenomenon.
Since 2001 the Quilt Trail movement has grown to 45 plus states and on into Ontario, Canada.  All independent grass roots projects, each trail has its own goals and unique artwork and approaches. In 2011 Adams County Ohio hosted the first National Quilt Trail Gathering. Representatives from 15 states and 22 trails came together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Ohio Quilt Trail.  
Greeneville TN  The second of such gatherings was held in Greeneville TN. In the East TN region, the Quilt Trail has played an integral role in small town revitalization as well as agricultural tourism and folk life preservation.  
What has Donna Sue taught us over the past 16 years?  Love and dedication is all you need! 

         Would you like to find more Quilt Trails or add your Trail to the map? 

Author Suzi Parron has made the Quilt Trail her life's work.  She has published 2 books, "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement" with Donna Sue Groves, and "Following the Barn Quilt Trail".  Along the way she has mapped out Trails across the country.

Using grassroots support, Julie Donofrio directed the first documentary film about the American Quilt Trail movement, "Pieced Together".  Julie is a Peabody award winning producer and veteran of ABC News who teaches film in New York.  "Pieced Together" tells the story of how one woman's love for her mother changed the American landscape - and saved her life."  See trailer online at:
Julie created a crowd sourced interactive map allowing folks to add themselves to the cloths line that is the American Quilt Trail Movement.  The Northeast TN Quilt Trail has recently been added.  It is easy to make yourself known and add your Trail information.