Thursday, April 29, 2010


On April, 21, Donna Sue Groves was honored by the Ohio Arts Council with a Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. Winners were selected from nominations submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Ohio. A selection committee made up of members of the Ohio Arts Council board chooses the winners. Ms Groves' O.A.C. Bio is below:

Donna Sue Groves, Manchester

Donna Sue Groves has been the connector and spark that brings people, resources, and dreams together, building civic and community capacity at the grass roots level for over 40 years. Throughout Ohio, and especially in Appalachia, she has worked hand-in-hand with communities, building fruitful partnerships, and bringing resources to economically disadvantaged communities—giving them the skills, tools and networks needed to build successful arts business that stimulate local economies.

As coordinator of the Appalachian Arts Initiative from 1991-1999, Groves developed the first Directory of Appalachian Arts and Artists in Ohio. In her role as OAC Southern Ohio field representative from 2001-2008, she continued to grow the Directory and served a vital role in ongoing work with the artists and arts organizations in Appalachia. As a tireless leader and advocate for the arts and culture in Appalachia, her own strong Appalachian identity and passion for bringing recognition to underserved communities and individual artists is unmatched. Groves fights tirelessly to keep Appalachian Ohio in the public eye and in the minds of arts funders statewide—allowing startup groups and artists with limited resources to grow their audience, market their products and create economic opportunities based on their creative work. She has made it her personal mission to communicate both the cultural and economic value of the region to both its artists and the communities who help create a market for their work. This is a critical element in laying the groundwork for revenue-building, creative industries in isolated, economically depressed, Appalachian border communities.

Grove’s own vision took root in the Quilt Barn Project. Honoring her mother, she thought quilt square murals installed on barns would be a unique way for communities to emphasize and utilize local assets for economic development. What began in rural Adams County in 2001, now draws visitors from all over the country who drive and bike through the Ohio countryside enjoying quilt trails comprised of more than 500 murals in 21 counties. The Quilt Barn Project has become a cultural tourism phenomenon that now stretches across 26 states with 98 dedicated driving trails.

In 2004 Groves received the Jenco Foundation Inspirational Service Arts Award and was named an Outstanding Philanthropist by the Foundation for Appalachia Ohio. In 2006 Sinclair Community College awarded her the Wayne White, Unsung Hero Award.

Groves irrepressible spirit demonstrates each day that one person can make a difference sharing by her knowledge, vision, and love for the arts. She has built deep trust and collaboration in communities across the state and nation by living her motto of "giving people a hand up, not a hand out." Her ongoing collaborative work to celebrate and raise awareness of the unique gifts, talents and cultural traditions of Appalachian Ohio embody the very spirit of participation and community development.

I say, Well done Donna Sue... Well done!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rock County, Wisconsin

It appears to be very early on for the Barn Quilts of Rock County Wisconsin. They have a web page hosted by the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension service.

The Rock County Barn Quilt Project has an informational brochure that states the following objectives:

* Promote rural heritage of Rock County
* Highlight the architecture and history of barns in the county through relevant quilt blocks
* Encourage economic development by promoting ag-tourism and local business
* Educate the public about the art and history of quilting
* Forming youth-adult partnerships to help teach all ages about the project and our heritage


A group of Rock County citizens have been working together to make The Barn Quilt Project reality. As you can see on the brochure the first barn quilt has been installed at the Rich & Shirley Templeton Farm in Evansville. Their family will be hosting the 2010 Rock County Dairy Breakfast on June 5th. Information about this project and how you can get involved will be available at this event and at the Rock County Porkfest on June 16 at the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds.

If you have questions or would like to complete an application for a 8' x 8' Barn Quilt for your barn, complete the application below and contact one of the people listed below...
Ronna Morton-Ballmer, Janesville - 608-758-5112
Phil Woodworth, Evansville - 608-295-5112
Jeanette Beard, Milton - 608-868-4240

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Imaginations = $1,000.00

Located in Fremont, Nebraska, is a company that many quilters know as Accuquilt, and they are a part of the larger AccuCut family of stores. Accuquilt has come up with a great promotion... a contest to select a quilt pattern for a 20' x 20' quilt block to be mounted on the company headquarters. That is 20 feet x 20 feet which would make this one of the largest, if not the largest barn quilt. The winner of this contest will receive $1,000.00 worth of Accuquilt merchandise, and a trip for two to Fremont. Complete contest rules can be found on their website:

They are looking for images (.pdf, .jpg, .gif or .eps format), and there is a 2nd place, and 3rd place winner, so get out the crayons or Electric Quilt and sharpen your imagination. Entries must be received before midnight, May 14th.

the Golden State

The following are excerpts from the Lake County News (, in Lakeport, California, and the picture (above) is the new quilt trail block at the Hill Creek ranch near Kelseyville, California. Photo by Richard Smith.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


The town of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania is situated near the mouth of the Wyalusing Creek on the Susquehanna River. The original town, called "M'chwihilusing," dates back several centuries. There is a Wyalusing Borough, that is part of the Wyalusing Township (also home to the Camptown Races), which is a part of Bradford County in the North East corner of the state.

The greater Wyalusing Chamber of Comerce is hosting a page for the Quilted Corners of Wyalusing Barn Quilt Tour, scheduled for May 1, 2010. There should be a map available, but I have not seen it. There is a real nice Video on the website.

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Quilted Corners of Wyalusing,PA

Owen County, Ky

There is a new web site that has been set up (still under construction), for the Owen County (Kentucky) Quilt Trail. With over 70 Quilt Blocks listed (8' x 8' and 4' x 4'), I would say that they have been at this for a while. They have a Quilt Trail Book that can be purchased, and some nice (behind the scenes) pictures on their web site.

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