Quilts Along the Trail
Connie Shay wants Missouri to be an active participant in the “clothesline of quilts across America.” Connie, along with twenty other men and women who formed the Boonslick Area Tourism Council seven years ago, have already placed the first three Missouri quilts on the “line” that now hangs in twenty-three states. On this clothesline, however, the “quilts” are actually quilt patterns that measure eight feet by eight feet and are positioned on a barn where they are in easy view from a nearby road. More than two thousand of the vivid pieces of art are on display from New York to Oregon.
Connie says they will appear on farms in somewhat of a circular pattern northwest of Columbia in the connected Missouri counties of Saline, Cooper, and Howard. The result will be a “quilt barn trail” that will attract tourists to the three-county area and will be a symbol of pride for the rural businesses and communities on the trail.
The first quilt square was erected by Donna Sue Groves in Adams County, Ohio, in 2001. It was meant to be a simple gesture honoring her mother and her rural heritage and love of quilting. Today Iowa, Kentucky, and Ohio each have more than 250 quilt barns.