What is a Barn Quilt?
Barn quilts are quilt block patterns that are color fully painted on 2, 4, or 8-foot marine grade wood squares. They are designed to last 6 to 10 years, by using several coats of paint and clear coat protection. Quilt squares are meant to hang on the exterior of a barn, but you can customize any space with a “barn quilt”. Barn quilts personalize and show pride in a farmstead, or other space. Years ago, farmsteads often became known by the quilt pattern boldly affixed to their barn. Even though barn quilts started to appear more than a hundred years ago, the first barn quilt trails in America were created in 2001, in Ohio. Since then, barn quilt trails have spread to 29 states.
Where is the Swedish Barn Quilt Trail?
Five large 8-foot barn quilt squares have been installed in or near each of the five cities along the Highway 8 corridor in southern Chisago County, from Chisago City to Taylors Falls. More than 45 4-foot quilt squares (or smaller) have also been painted by local artists and are on display throughout the business corridor and along some country roads in the Chisago Lakes area. The first, and smallest (1 X 1 ft.) quilt square can be found at Sven’s in Chisago City, and the trail ends on Wild Mountain Road, north of Taylors Falls.
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Brochures available at Chisago Lakes Chamber office in Lindstrom, MN.
Also available is an article about the Swedish Barn Quilt Trail.
If you would like to open the map in it’s own tab, click the little square in the upper right corner of the map. Or click here for a printable map.
Photos & information on each quilt square is located below the map.
Click each photo to see quilt location and artist information!