Why do we love old barns?
Old barns used methods of construction and materials that either are not available today or whose cost is prohibitive now. Some have been restored and maintained at great cost to their owners who value the work that their ancestors put into the construction . They are reminders of our roots and history.
Who paints the quilt squares/panels?
Some of the squares have been painted by art students at Algood Middle School and Cookeville High School. Others have been painted by various artists and some have even been painted by barn owners or family members.
Do owners get to choose the pattern that goes on their barn?
Most definitely! Most of these patterns are on quilts owned by the barn owners, or have been a favorite of a quilter in their family. The stories about these quilts and patterns make the Trail even more interesting.
How can I get a quilt block on my barn?
Before applying consider your answers to these questions:
Can the place I am considering be seen from the road?
Is there a safe place to park and view the Quilt Square?
Is it a true barn, rural setting, or location of cultural or historical significance?
Are the surroundings appropriately maintained for its current use?
Does your vision for a quilt square fit the mission of the Upper
Cumberland Quilt Trail?
You can print an application here.