The Westside Quilters Guild (WQG) embarked on a multi-year project in late 2013 to create a quilt barn trail in Oregon’s Washington County/ Tualatin Valley. Quilt barn trails consist of large painted quilt blocks mounted on barns or buildings. Their blocks are mounted on barns and non-residential buildings outside the Washington County Urban Growth Boundary, with a small number of blocks inside the city limits of towns that allowed them. In 2019, they reached their goal of installing 60 blocks throughout the county. All blocks are hand-painted, 8 ft or 4 ft-square quilt blocks, made using high quality materials for longevity.
The trail highlights the county’s agricultural and historical heritage, promotes area tourism, provides public art in unexpected places, and showcases the art of quilting. Brochures and maps are available in visitor centers, libraries and other locations, as well as online. Funding for our trail was provided by Westside Quilters Guild, grants, sponsors and donations. No public money has been spent on our trail. Oregon residents and visitors use our maps to navigate the trail.
‘Currently, our emphasis is to promote “traveling the trail” using maps with specific directions for viewing all 60 blocks within Washington County. To increase your enjoyment, make sure to read the “story” of each block included in this information. Happy Trails!’
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