MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio — The Barn Quilt Tour, a program of the Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau, features a colorful array of traditional quilt patterns, handpainted on more than 67 barns.
Most of the patterns are 8-foot by 8-foot squares and can be viewed by driving into the farm lanes or driveways, where some owners will greet visitors.
The concept of the barn quilts had its origin in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio, the inspiration of one woman who wanted to honor her mother’s enthusiasm for quilting and highlight the shared cultural heritage of the Appalachian region. It quickly spread to other counties in Ohio and other states.
The quilt patterns pay tribute to crafts, nature, occupations, politics, events, various states and almost anything that inspires a connection with community and family.
The Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau offers a map brochure for the self-guided tour, which is available year round and free to the public.
Group tours are welcome, and best viewing is spring through fall. For more information on the Miami County Barn Quilt Tour and other attractions in Miami County, visit www.VisitMiamiCounty.org or call 800-348-8993.