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Road trip attraction: Quilt barn trails

QuiltbarnHere’s an idea for a road trip with a retro theme: quilt barn trails.

Old-fashioned quilting — albeit sometimes on high-tech sewing machines — has survived and even thrived as a hobby. About a decade ago, an Ohio woman got the idea of decorating her barn with a different kind of mural, a painted quilt square to honor her mother, a quilter. The idea grew. Before long she and a group of volunteers were talking about entire art trails of quilt barns. In 1991, the first quilt square was painted on the first barn, and the trend took off. The Associated Press reports that 43 states now have quilt barn trails, and a book on the quilt barn trail movement has been published. Click here for the American Quilt Barns website and a still-in-progress list of trails in 30 states and provinces. Read the AP story here.

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