Texas Largest Barn Quilt Trail
Take a scenic drive on the Largest Barn Quilt Trail in Texas: Fannin County Barn Quilt Trail!
Established in 2012, with over 100 squares and counting!
Bonham has many colorful Barn Quilts around town and many more out in the surrounding county. Barn Quilts are a colorful representation of quilting squares that have been painted on wood or metal squares. The painted squares are then hung on the side of barns or buildings for the public to enjoy.
Want to see them all? Download a list of all the locations (PDF).
Visit the Honey Grove Quilt Trail for details on the Davie Crocket Barn Quilt Trail (PNG).
How to Make Your Own Quilt Barn Square in 5 Steps
Join the fun and participate in the Quilt Barn Project.
Inspiration for a quilt square design can come from anywhere. Once you've found the perfect look, here are the steps to bringing your square to life.
Step 1 - Gather Supplies
You'll want that beautiful quilt square to last, so use Exterior Grade Plywood 3/4 inch (or metal from a sign maker) cut to size: 4 feet by 4 feet, 6 feet by 6 feet, or 8 feet by 8 feet.
Be sure to use the brand named "Frog Tape" to keep your lines leak-free.
You'll also need Kilz paint, exterior latex paint (in whatever colors you want in your design) and 3-inch screws.
Step 2 - Prime Your Square
Prime your square with Kilz paint with a brush - 2 coats- front, back and edges (metal needs only front primed)
Step 3 - Draw Your Design
Draw your design in pencil
Step 4 - Paint!
Paint your design your exterior latex - 3 coats for each color, including edges
Step 5. Hang Your Square
Attach the square with 3-inch screws into solid wood, metal or frame
Email Patti Wolf or call 903-583-6040 with questions and to register your square's location in the Fannin County Quilt Barn Trail. The trail map is updated annually, or as needed.
A Little Barn Quilt History
Today's barn decorating revival became popular in 2001 with a woman named Donna Sue Groves from Adams County, Ohio. She wanted to honor her mother by hanging a colorful painted quilt square on her barn. Instead of just one quilt square, she began a community project with twenty quilt squares being displayed along a driving trail to encourage visitors to travel through the countryside. This was the start of our first quilt trail in America. Quilt trails are now being organized all across the country. Barn quilts are displayed around communities and then mapped out for tourists to follow these amazing works of art. They promote tourism and help draw visitors into our rural communities. Traditional stars and various quilt patterns are now being displayed on barns, homes, sheds and sides of buildings. They are also put on posts and displayed in yards and parks.