Do you have a quilt fancy begging to be tickled? How about an affection for beautiful art? Curious about the culture and history of the Amish and Mennonites in Northern Indiana?
LaGrange County can help with all three areas in one ongoing experience: The LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour.
After two years, hundreds of hours, and dozens of gallons of paint in the making, the LaGrange County Convention and Visitors Bureau is officially unveiling its Barn Quilt Tour for your enjoyment.
Twenty-four colorful quilt-pattern murals adorn historic barns, family homesteads, and public spaces, connecting six communities throughout LaGrange County in Northern Indiana.
Examples of quilt designs visitors will see include “Flower Basket,” containing bright blues, greens, and reds; “Autumn Splendor” showcasing vibrant fall colors on leaves; and “Great American Star” displaying rich, deep blue and burgundy hues.
These quilt murals really capture the time-honored history and culture of quilting in our area.
Beth Thornburg, Director of LaGrange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, “The tour provides beauty and art to our back roads landscape, and each mural tells a story, either about the quilt pattern itself, about the building on which the mural is displayed, or about the family represented.”
You can go at your own pace, as this is a driving tour, so you can marvel at the murals from a minute or two to longer, and maybe you’ll even get to visit with the owners of the murals.
Self-guided trail maps are available through the CVB where visitors can learn more about the murals as well as other things to see and do while following the Barn Quilt Tour.
You can also do some preliminary research, as we begin a Barn Quilt Tour blogging series. Twice a month, we will post a blog featuring one stop along the tour, giving a bit of background information on that particular mural. Make sure you are signed up to receive our blogs in your e mail inbox. Click here to go to the sign-up page.
Barn Quilt History
The first known barn quilt was painted in 2001 in Southeast Ohio by Donna Sue Groves. Groves painted a quilt block on her barn to honor her mother, an expert quilter. The popularity of barn quilts has since spread throughout parts of the South and the Midwest, including Indiana.