Category Archives: Establishing a barn quilt trail

Barn Quilt Paint Workshop November 23

Great evening.  Good Turn out.  Quilters have their designs chosen, colours selected, and a joint fabric order for both quilts.  The painting teams are getting signed up.  First come; first serve to adopt five quilt blocks each, set up a workshop, and have a weekend painting party.   Delaware Lions.  Tait’s Corner Community.  Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society are in.  The painting schedule starts in the New Year.   We hope that whoever hosts a painting venue will be able to offer it to more than one group.  Call Denise Corneil at 519 693-7002.  Sponsors are being sought.


South Caradoc Barn Quilt Trail

South Caradoc is planning to lure visitors to its special corner of the world along the Thames River with a path of barn quilts.  Thirty people attended tonight’s meeting at the South Caradoc Community Centre to learn about the power of barn quilts to tell a community’s story.

Denise Corneil and Mary Simpson accompanied by quilters Sue Ellis and Eleanor Blain from Wardsville told the story of Mr. and Mrs. George Ward, the founders of Wardsville in 1810.  Wardsville celebrated its bi-centennial by creating a 30-block story quilt.  Then, volunteers painted each block on an 8 foot square “canvas” and mounted the barn quilts on their local barns and significant places.  Wardsville volunteers had a lot of fun with the project and have enjoyed the notoriety of being the second community in Ontario to take on a barn quilt project (the first was Temiskaming in 2009).

Frances Kilbourne, local historian and community leader, whose in-laws lived in

Frances Kilbourne with sample barn quilt designs

the area two hundred years ago, inspired the locals with historical tidbits about the United Church, the old school, and the Burwell Road.  South Caradoc seeks a quilter who might take on a the creation of a quilt, but if not, the community will simply design the blocks and install them on the heritage barns and sacred places.

For more information, contact Frances Kilbourne at 519-264-2226

Geo-Cache Barn Quilt Trails

You’ve heard of geo-caching.  Why not take the time to check it out?

If you love treasure hunts, orienteering, maps, or exploring, this is for you.

We’re thrilled because someone has placed a cache on the  Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail.  Here is this link.  Open an account and explore.

How to paint a barn quilt. Workshop in Wardsville

Great Barn Quilt Workshop presented by Denise, Mary, Sheila, and Rachel.  The “who’s who” of barn quilt champions attended.  Trail leaders and barn owners from Essex, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, and Norfolk got to view construction up close.  Artist Rick Sommer gave the group a quick tour through Made on Earth Art Gallery.  Denise showed them some painting basics.  Tips were shared on organizing a community project.   Sheila and Rachel fed the group sandwiches made by the Strathroy Seniors.  Shirley Baker talked about the Quilt of Belonging.    Call us to book a bus trip and workshop for YOUR community!  519 287 3566

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War of 1812 Era Fabrics Now in

Subscribe to the Great Lakes Seaway Trail War of 1812 Quilt Challenge blog to keep up with another great War of 1812 quilting project.  A recent post profiles some beautiful new fabrics:

“Lately Arrived from London” will delight fans of early calicoes and chintzes. The collection recreates fabrics from the turn of the 19th century when Americans imported their cottons. Traders brought the world’s luxury goods to wharves in Philadelphia,Boston and New York. Each piece is named for a trading ship that sailed intoAmerican harbors – the Charming Betsy, the Brigantine Sally, the Ship Surprise.