Author Archives: Mary Simpson
Just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the Quilt Exhibition! I wish I had had more time to spend reading up on each quilt and doing some quilting on the frame…but regardless, each time I popped my head in the tent I was completely blown away by it. It looked fantastic and you and your team brought a layer to the event that was unique and engrossing and told stories that were not otherwise told.
Thanks so much for your work on this, and please pass on my appreciation to all of the quilt artists, volunteers, and fellow staff that contributed to this project.
Art and Event Initiatives Coordinator
Tourism and Culture Division
Planning and Economic Development Department
City of Hamilton
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Project Background and Objectives
The goal of the Ontario Barn Quilt Trails project is to promote barn quilt trails throughout Ontario as a way to tell community stories. There will be a conference in October to share best practices and tools for implementing community barn quilt projects. The project will provide seed funding to a few communities to demonstrate how a project is put together.
Barn quilts are already popping up across Ontario. What is needed now is a powerful on-line map where (1) communities can register their barn quilts, (2) where appreciators can discover and read the stories that go with the barn quilts (and plan their trip to visit them), and (3) where businesses and organizations can help promote the barn quilt trails.
Barn quilts have proven to be powerful medium for communities to tell their stories. Museum curators across the five counties of Elgin, Oxford, Norfolk, Middlesex, and Elgin established several trails in 2012. They discovered that barn quilts work at many levels: Read the rest of this entry