Have you seen the colorful painted quilt pattern squares that have appeared on homes, barns, garages, and public buildings around St. Lawrence County and beyond in recent years? These “barn quilts” are usually based on traditional quilt patterns and might range in size from 1’x1’ to 8’x8’. They are the creations of local artists and community members taking part in a grassroots arts and economic development movement. For many, making barn quilts is a way to celebrate local heritage, identity, and community, to nurture local pride, and to encourage investment in beautifying and maintaining local properties. They are also often part of organized community efforts to draw tourism to small towns around the region. There are two extensive, well-established Barn Quilt Trails already in St. Lawrence County in Colton, NY and Hammond, NY (learn more through the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce at www.northcountryguide.com/pages/barn-quilt-trails), and people around the county and beyond are making more every day!
Want to see if there are any barn quilts near you, or plan a drive to see how many you can spot? Check out the Google Map below! Click on a pin on the map below to view information, photos, and the story behind the barn quilt at that location. You can zoom in or out, drag the map to a different view, and get Google directions to any site.
To submit your own barn quilt installation, or add information to an existing site (you will need to create a Submittable account), fill out the online form: https://slcarts.submittable.com/submit/dd67c2bf-808f-45c3-ae24-77e8e71f5405/barn-quilt-information-form-contact
If you need assistance, or need to submit your information in a different way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York)
- St. Lawrence County Arts Council
- St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
- Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Committee
- Town of Colton Tourism & Beautification Committee
The 2019 Barn Quilt Tourism Project is made possible by a Regional Economic Development Council Grant through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.