A stunning summer day last week, my husband, two of the kids and I decided to go on the Nelson County Barn Quilt Trail. A relatively new phenomenon in our area, it is catching on and is a great way to promote ‘agri-tourism’. According to the quilt trail founding ladies, local businesses on the trail have seen an uptick in sales and we were no exception. We stopped in at a local merchant’s business as well. We only completed half of the tour as we were running out of time until we had to pick up our other two children, and here is a sampling of a few quilts along the trail. Hopefully, we’ll catch the remainder of the quilts later this fall. Generally, the quilts and the designs had some sort of significance or story to the owner. All quilts on the trail are either 4X4 feet or 8X8 feet, painted on MDO (medium density overlay). Of course, we ended the excursion with a little picnic up at Whitman Dam.
You may enjoy a little story about Whitman in the Huffington Post
As you can imagine, I’m already planning out what our barn quilt will look like! We are planning to paint a 4X4 quilt in September and hang it on our little granary . . . I’ll keep you posted on that!
Places on the trail to note that you’d really enjoy:
Heritage Arts Gallery- Michigan
Elaine’s House of Dreams- Lakota
Stump Lake Historical Village- Rural Lakota (I especially liked the quilt at the village, but a photographer was taking wedding photos and I didn’t want to get in the way, so you’ll just have to take a drive and see it for yourself!)
The three business listed above contain wonderful treasures (aka Treasures on Hwy 2), art, food and friendly people. If you are looking for more standard fare, Michigan and Lakota have wonderful grocery stores, clean gas stations, bars and restaurants. Maps can be picked up at the three locations, or if you are like us, just print it off the internet! I encourage you to check out the Nelson County Barn Quilt Trail, it is growing and a great way to discover parts of your county you’ve never before seen!
For more information: Check out the Michigan, ND website which is also where you can print off a PDF of the map.