Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Appalachian Quilt Trail



The Appalachian Quilt Trail in Tennessee features barns painted with 8 x 8 quilt squares. The barns are located in the rural northeast corner of the state, shown on this map.

East Tennessee is a patchwork of blue mountains and green hills, rolling farmland and meandering rivers, rocky ridges and fast-moving streams.

Past and present often travel side-by-side along the trail, with old homesteads, farms or stores kept in families for generations. Many of the quilt squares you will see on buildings are replicas of old family patterns.



I have seen pictures of this done in Iowa, but did not know of the Tennessee barn quilts until I found a small reference to the AQT while reading the current issue of Blue Ridge Country magazine that just arrived, something caught my eye in one of the ads for area accomodations - "stay on the Appalachian Quilt Trail in Tennessee".

Appalachian Quilt Trail - the three words peaked my interest - appalachian trail and quilts together! When I learned more about it, I decided that this looks like a great destination for a future road trip!

After finding these photos of the barns online, I wished we had a barn to paint a quilt square onto. I suggested to my dear husband that I could paint one on the woodshed or the tractor shed, and his standard answer was heard - "whatever you want to do, dear."

9 comments:

June said...

I've never heard of the Tennessee Quilt Trail. Pretty neat! I'm going to go to the link you provided and learn more. Thanks for sharing...

Gypsy Quilter said...

Oh definitely. Just wait until it stops raining ok. We wouldn't want the colors to run.

Byron Chesney said...

Yep, they are pretty cool. There are 4 or 5 of them within 10 miles of my house. I've been meaning to post about them myself.

TUFFENUF said...

Now that is neat! I hope you paint one on the woodshed!

Motherkitty said...

We have them here in our little town also. Very pretty and pretty neat. Don't forget to post a picture of whatever you paint.

Sandy said...

On our last trip to Motherkitty's house we followed the quilted barn paintings all the way home.

colleen said...

They have it in North Carolina too. My son Josh's neighbor's barn has a big one.

andsewitis Holly said...

Those quilt paintings on the barns are so beautiful. I wish we could put one on the side of our house. There'd be no question with directions... the house with the quilt painted on the side :)

~A said...

Hello from the Appalachian Quilt Trail! Thanks for your interest in this economic development project for rural areas of Appalachia. You can now visit us online at www.vacationAQT.com or stop in your nearest AQT location or TN Welcome Center and pick up a map and brochure. Call me at 1-888-775-4AQT for additional information!

Best regards,
Alice