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.
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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.