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.
or stop-by the Bonham Visitor Information Center for a printed map.
How to Make Your Own Quilt Barn Square in 5 Steps
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 = 4ft x 4ft, 6ft x 6ft, or 8ft x 8ft.
Be sure to use 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 – 2coats- 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 each color including edges
Step 5. Hang your Square
Attach the square with 3 inch screws into solid wood, metal or frame
Contact Patti Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and to register your square location in the trail. The trail map is updated annually, or as needed.
Want to talk to someone about the Fannin County Quilt Barn Trail? Contact Patti Wolf at 903-583-6040
A little Barn Quilt History…
Today’s barn decorating revival became popular with a woman, in 2001, 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 quilts 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 tourist 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.