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Barn Quilting Sweeping the Region

Ever see one of these squares on the side of barns as you drive through farm country? The colorful patterns, like this one across the river in Brown County, Ohio, are popping up on barns across the Appalachian region. I always thought they were pretty, but they also have an interesting backstory that begins in our neck of the woods.

The painted Barn Quilt Squares began when Donna Sue Groves of nearby Adams County, Ohio, wanted to create something to honor her mother’s passion, quilting, and did so with a large painting on the side of their barn. This sparked a movement that has swept Adams County. Folks driving through the country believe these colorful squares add to the serenity and charm of a lazy rural drive in the foothills of Appalachia, and many of the old 20th Century Mail Pouch tobacco ads adorning barns are being replaced by this 21st Century phenomenon – Barn Quilt Squares.

Their appearances haven't been limited to Adams County, however, which now has over 20 of them. Today you can find Barn Quilts on buildings throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and many other states.

Click here to read more about Barn Quilts and see pictures of some of the ones from Adams County.