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Barn Quilt Conference

Are you interested in

“Getting on the Barn Quilt Trail”

join us at the barn quilt trail

CONFERENCE October 22 & 23, 2013

Homeward Bound

-Learn how to make a barn quilt-

-Learn how to make a barn quilt trail-

New Project: Ontario-wide support by Ontario Trillium Foundation

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

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.

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.