The Quilt Trail is many things. It is an art and history exhibit shown on barns, homes and businesses throughout Iredell County, North Carolina, the United States, and even into British Columbia, Canada.
It is part of agritourism because it brings tourists and local residents into rural areas, seeing what we miss when we only drive the interstates.
Currently, the northern part of Iredell County has the most quilt trail participants, with more than 13 quilt blocks adorning structures. The quilts are not painted directly on a bulding but are painted on wooden blocks and mounted on structures such as barns or homes where passersby can see them from the road.
The Quilt Trail project is seeking more participation in the Mooresville area, where only four block sites are featured. Other blocks can be found in Statesville as well as just out-of-county locations.
An open meeting and program of The Quilt Trail of Iredell County will be held at the Mooresville Library 5:45-7 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Selma Burke meeting room.
Topics covered in the presentation include: the history of the national project, what is the quilt trail, what is a barn quilt and how to get involved on the quilt trail. A broad overview of the project follows.
The project began more than 10 years ago, when a young woman in Ohio wanted to honor her mother who loved to quilt. The daughter painted a copy of her mother's favorite quilt pattern on their farm's barn. A national "clothesline" of quilt designs began to dot the rural roads of our country.