Meaning behind these beautiful quilts on Connecticut Barns

Sure, it's comfortable and cozy to snuggle up in quilts, but in general they also have meaning.

Those barn quilts that so many of us see as we drive through Connecticut and New York, especially in the more rural areas or near the many horse farms, are actually paintings in perfect squares, diagonal patterns, colors and symbols, according to Taste of Home. Just like Grandma's quilt that sits on the couch or in the guest room, these quilts are most likely rooted in family tradition and have personal meaning.

Oh yes, and here comes the thing: Now they are also interested in a grassroots project for tourism and art.

Taste of Home says these painted quilts are fairly new and appearing in various barns not only in Connecticut, New York and throughout New England, but across the country. It all started in 2001 with a woman honoring her mother.

Donna Sue Groves painted a quilt on her barn in Ohio to honor her mother, who was an avid quilter. People were so fascinated that, according to Barn Quilt Info, Donna Sue soon began working with the Ohio Arts Council and the tradition spread across the country.

Donna Sue's tribute to her mother Maxine's Appalachian heritage turned into a folk art tour where other families painted quilts representing their family heritage in the area. Then barn quilt tours became a thing in her area, regionally, and soon nationally.

Donna Sue's inspiration has now spawned quilt trails in 48 states and Canada. People drive through the countryside following a quilt map to see these beautiful, meaningful quilts on barns.

This simple idea has now resulted in over 7,000 quilts. Of course, there are also many barns with quilts that are not part of an art tour, but simply like the idea of ​​honoring their family heritage with a painted quilt.

Some believe that these painted quilts originated in Europe and then came to Amish country. However, according to Barn Quilt Info, there is no evidence that barn quilts existed before Donna Sue. Her touching gesture continues to inspire what is now the largest grassroots public art movement in the United States and Canada.

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