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The Yadkin Valley Quilt Trail

Warm and cozy, like a hug from Grandma, the quilt is a symbol of comfort, family, and heritage.

Billet-Doux Farm is launching the Yadkin County component of the Yadkin Valley Quilt Trail, which will lead the visitor through our beautiful countryside to view these large, colorful paintings on barns and farm buildings. The tobacco barn at the farm will get the first square sometime this fall (2009).

The paintings (most are 8' square) will be traditional patterns that are connected to the history of the land, the building or the family that lived on the farm. You'll soon be able to view a clickable map of the Yadkin Valley's barn quilts and learn their stories.

Want a barn quilt of your own? Please join us! We will help you design and paint a block from your heirloom quilt for all to see, or suggest a pattern from our own collection. We hope you will add your barn to the Yadkin Valley Quilt Trail: this wonderful project will provide us with a visual and tangible way to celebrate our heritage.

Use the "Contact Us" link to inquire about the Quilt Trail.

Community members can get involved in several ways:

  • By hosting a quilt square on their barn or building
  • By sponsoring quilt squares or painting teams
  • By being part of a painting and/or installation team
  • By volunteering use of a truck and/or lift to assist with the installation

Criteria for Placement

  • Suitable for the trail: Historic barns (or, upon inspection & approval, other farm buildings such as smokehouses, packhouses, corncribs) that are at least 50 years old; on hard surface roads; visible from either direction; and on building sites that are active, well-kept farms.
  • The block must stay up for at least 2 years.
  • The block must not be altered once it is chosen and painted.
  • The owner of the building must agree to allow the building to be photographed by the public from the roadside and allow photos to be used in advertising of the quilt trail.
  • The owner of the building does not have to allow public access to onto the property where the quilt block is located and may post signs accordingly, but is encouraged to be friendly about this.
  • If the owner of the building rents, leases, sells or otherwise conveys the property during the 2 year duration they agree to notify us here at the website. If necessary we will be allowed to remove the quilt block to avoid damage to it.
  • The owner of the building agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Billet-Doux Farm, as well as its officers, agents and employees for and against any losses and causes of action.

More quilt trails to explore

The Appalachian Quilt Trail takes the traveler through scenic eastern Tennessee... whether you are in search of colleges or covered bridges, llamas or cranberry bogs, country fairs or wineries, you are sure to find something to please you along this trail.

The Adams County Ohio Quilt Sampler Project is the Original "Barn Clothesline" of Quilt Squares and was initiated by Donna Sue Groves in honor of her mother, Maxine, a master quilter. The Quilt Sampler project resulted in a unique and very scenic driving tour that takes about 1.25 days at a leisurely pace to see the entire "quilt." In between, there are unique shops and Amish establishments to visit, historic sites and other points of interest.

Sac County, Iowa is covered with barn quilts! In summer of 2005, visitors began seeing the decorative quilt blocks on historic barns and corncribs all around the county. The number of barn quilts has grown to over 50, so visitors can easily spot a barn quilt every 5 to 10 miles. Sac County also features smaller Community Quilt squares near historic or public sites.

Preserving the Barns

The Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance (IHPA) estimates that Iowa has been losing approximately 1,000 barns per year, a number that is accelerating. Perhaps fewer than 60,000 barns remain of more than 200,000 originally built in Iowa. The IHPA has a goal to photograph and count the surviving Iowa barns over the next few years. The alliance wants to get an accurate picture of barn numbers, descriptions and condition. This count includes not only typical rural barns but also urban barns, carriage barns, etc. Another organization, the Iowa Barn Foundation, works to preserve Iowa's rural buildings, symbols of Iowa's early heritage. Founded in 1997, the Foundation seeks to educate the public about Iowa's vanishing barns and to provide barn restoration matching grants to help property owners restore their barns. The group showcases restored barns during various tours, including an All-State Barn Tour each year.

Do You Really Appreciate Barns? Visit the BarnAgain project here.

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Yadkin Valley Quilt Trail - Yadkin County, NC - Take a Ride Through the Countryside - Visit the Old Barns of the Yadkin Valley

Looking for a great way to spend a lazy day of summer? Take the Yadkin Valley Quilt Trail and see the historic barns and farms of the North Carolina foothils. See how the barns of old have found new life in the Yadkin Valley wine country.

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