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Applications due Sept. 30

If you are considering a barn quilt for your property and want to have it listed as a Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail entity, you must submit your application to the committee by September 30, preferably sooner!

Your barn quilt also needs to be installed by that date so we can arrange to have photographs taken and a webpage created to honor your entry. There is no charge to apply or be on the trail. Donations are always accepted, of course.

Get started on your barn quilting adventure by visiting the downloads page, where you can find our standards and application forms in pdf format.

Please note that by agreeing to have your quilt on the trail, it will be placed on the following year’s Visitor’s Guide map. This is a pull-out map of the county that guides visitors to wineries, covered bridges and barn quilts. A four-month lead time is required to produce the guide and map, so we must insist your completed application be returned to the committee by Sept. 30.

Two new for 2020

Covid-19 did not stop Ashtabula County barn quilt owners from adding to color and patterns to their farms during 2020.

Barn quilt on side of red barn.
Barn Quilt No. 112, Sunflowers, blooms on the Waid farm, Route 322, Wayne Township.

In fact, sunflowers will bloom throughout the winter on the side of a lovely red barn at 4509 State Route 322, the Waid residence at the Wayne/Williamsfield townships line.

The 8-by-8-foot barn quilt adorns the east side of the barn owned by Harland and Lorraine Waid. The “Sunflower” pattern is a real eye-pleaser and worth the trip! Be aware that it is several hundred yards off the highway and is visible from Route 322 only when traveling west.

This new addition to the trail brings the total to 112!

In Hartsgrove Township, four generations of farm ownership are celebrated with a barn quilt on a pole barn at 6250 Route 534, Hartsgrove Township. The property is owned by Chris and Cheryl Hammon, who painted the 8-by-8-foot barn quilt that borrows colors from the century home’s color scheme, plus red, Cheryl’s favorite color.

Ohio State barn quilt
The Hammon family’s new 8-by-8-foot barn quilt adorns a pole barn at 6250 Route 534, Hartsgrove Township.

This quilt is numbered “90,” the number previously assigned to the Habitat for Humanity resale store in Ashtabula County. That quilt has been removed and the number “recycled.”

When visiting this new barn quilt, be sure to check out the small barn quilt (not on trail) on the Nye farm, north of the Hammon property. The Nye family has century-long history of dairy farming in Hartsgrove Township. The late Joanne and Robert Nye, married in 1961, met on the farm when they were children.

A new barn to the north of the Hammon farm honors the couple with The Barn at Hart’s Grove. A wedding destination, this barn is a stunning new construction that replaced an older barn and honors the legacy of Robert and Joanne. Learn more about this new venture at The Barn at Hart’s Grove.

Although not new to the trail, the International Harvester barn quilt on the former Cole family barn in Williamsfield Township (No. 82) has a new owner. We extend a welcome to Timothy and Karen Lane of Gerrardstown, W.Va., who purchased the farm in October 2019. Thank you for continuing and supporting the agricultural traditions of Ashtabula County!

Barn quilts offer respite from lock down

Explore awakening flower gardens and perennial barn quilts this spring and summer as the nation emerges from pandemic restrictions. The Andover Public Library’s barn quilt and reading garden await your visit!

There has never been a better time to enjoy Ashtabula County’s barn quilt trail than this spring and summer. Gas is cheap, the landscape is greening and all of us could use a respite from the house without violating the social-distancing guidelines that have been implemented during the pandemic.

Use our website to plan your outing and map a route that will take you on a journey along scenic byways and through charming small towns and villages. Roll down the windows, take a deep breath and allow the sunshine to evaporate your winter blues and news overload.

You can download a map of the county and its quilts from this site or seek out a printed map in the 2020 Ashtabula County Visitors Guide as tourism businesses reopen. Or request a guide/map at the Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

No. 102, End of the Line Junction

End of the Line Junction barn quilt.
Carol and Fred Bliss with their End of the Line Junction barn quilt.

Address:

150 North Market Street, Jefferson.

Directions/coordinates:

Route 46 to Jefferson; east on East Jefferson to North Market.

41.740758,-80.7641644

A sign next to the barn quilt explains the End of the Line Junction.

The quilt:

A custom 8×9 foot designed and painted by the owners, Fred and Carol Bliss. The quilt is located at the site of a former railroad trestle collapse and a graveyard, thus the “End of the Line Junction.” Read their story.

The Story Quilter’s Threads

DVDs of “The Story Quilter’s Threads” are available from our BQT co-founder, Kathy McCarty, for a donation of $20 plus $3 shipping. Please send checks to Kathy McCarty, 1551 Ashwood Dr., Ashtabula OH 44004.  Make check payable to the Ashtabula Arts Center, the trail’s fiscal agent, with “BQT DVD” in the memo line.

The documentary shares the stories behind the barn quilts and host farms in southern Ashtabula County. Along the way, viewers meet the artists who build and paint the barn quilts.

“The barn quilt trail’s success is largely due to having two very talented artists, Gary Tabor and Artistic Woodworks (Jeff & Rachel Scribben), who have worked with their clients to transform ideas, heritage and stories into barn quilts,” says filmmaker Carl E. Feather. “This film takes the viewer into the artist’s workshop and barns and covered bridges on the trail. These are moving stories told on static sign boards; once the viewer becomes familiar with the owner and stories behind the barn, he will never look at a barn the same way.”

Barn Quilt Trail celebration is Nov. 20

The Steering Committee of the Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail in conjunction with The Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-On-The-Lake will host a celebration to mark the 100th location with a barn quilt in Ashtabula County.

The celebration is 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at The Lodge and Conference Center. Light refreshments will be served.

At this event, the premiere showing of a new documentary about the trail, “The Story Quilter’s Threads,” will be shown and DVD copies made available for purchase. The documentary shares moving stories about the lives and farms behind the county’s barn quilts.

The event is free and no registration is required. It will be held in the Lodge Ballroom.

98th barn quilt installed

The 98th barn quilt location on the Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail is the Finnish-American Heritage Association’s museum and headquarters at the corner of Joseph Avenue and West 8th Street in Ashtabula’s historic Harbor.

This log cabin/Finnish flag barn quilt was painted by Gary Tabor of Williamsfield Township. It is a 4×4-foot barn quilt and features the Finnish flag at its center.

Installing the barn quilt were Mike Brenneman and Pete and Jeff Forinash, who used only ladders and their great strength to install the barn quilt.

Welcome to the trail FAHA!

Visit the barn quilts at the 2017 Fair

The Ashtabula County Barn Quilts Trail Steering Committee will have an exhibit, information and presentations in the Century Log Cabin during the 2017 Ashtabula County Fair, Aug. 8 to 13.

Volunteers, including barn quilt owners, will staff the building from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The county’s barn quilt trail has grown rapidly since the first barn quilt went up on the Blakeslee Log Cabin Barn in Plymouth Township just 38 months ago. “We are closing in on having 100 barn quilts,” says trail co-founder and quilter Kathy McCarty. “We are an all-volunteer steering committee that is driven by a passion for giving tourists another reason to visit our county while beautifying our countryside.”

The barn quilts tell a story about a family, farm or business. One of the most stunning quilts on the trail symbolically tells the story of the Housel farm on Simon Road South. Another barn quilt, across the road, honors the late Chris Angerman, co-founder of the trail.

During the fair, Gary Tabor, a barn quilt artist from Williamsfield, will demonstrate the tracing, taping and painting techniques that are used to create a barn quilt.

“Painting a barn quilt is not difficult, but it does require some training in proper technique,” McCarty says. “We are grateful for Gary’s participation and willingness to share his knowledge with fairgoers.”

Visitors will be able to view the progression of making a quilt, thanks to Gary’s participation. He also is providing several barn quilt blanks in various stages of completion.

There will be photos of the county’s most stunning barns and barn quilts displayed in the log cabin, and a daily Power Point presentation at 5 p.m. will tell the story of the trail through pictures and discussion.

The Log Cabin is located in the rides area of the fairgrounds and near the east entrance. There are two barn quilts on the floral (octagonal) building, plus four agriculture-related barn quilts at the west entrance.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Ashtabula County Fair,” McCarty says. “Our presence was made possible through the dedication of Tracey Housel, a barn quilt owner, and the generosity of the Fair Board. The Barn Quilt Trail Steering Committee and the Fair Board share a common interest in promoting Ashtabula County’s agricultural community, and we look forward to being part of the county fair tradition this year.”

 

Trumbull County has first barn quilt

In the photo. Burton Cole (left) of the Warren Tribune interviews Harold W. and Betty Babb at their home on July 19, 2017, for a story about Trumbull County’s barn quilt trail. Their Ohio Star with Oliver Tractor emblem is on a carport built to look like a covered bridge. Both Harold and Betty lived on farms in Ashtabula County. Betty’s late husband and she farmed the Simons Road South property now owned by Dale and Meg Toukonen, who have Windhorse Farm and a barn quilt.

Ashtabula County’s neighbor to the south, Trumbull County, has its first barn quilt, on a carport built to look like a covered bridge.

The barn quilt was painted by Williamsfield Township BQ artist Gary Tabor. Owners are Harold W. and Betty Babb of 8843 Turner Mullen Road, Kinsman (the road itself is in Pennsylvania and also is known as “State Line Road).

The Ohio Star pattern is embellished with the Oliver tractor emblem. Harold’s family farm, which was on Route 322 in Williamsfield Township, used the Oliver equipment. Harold is a Korean-era veteran, and his wife wanted to honor his service with the red-and-blue motif.

Ashtabula County’s Barn Quilt Trail is pleased to offer its website and support to this fledging effort. We look forward to the partnership and hopefully what will become a Lake Erie to Ohio River BQT!

Read the Warren Tribune’s July 30, 2017, article.