Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development
University of Illinois Extension
1412 S Locust
Pontiac, IL 61764
The Barn Quilt Heritage Trail - McLean County is a celebration of our county's farming heritage and the talents of local quilters, artists and poets. In 2014, the project came under the sponsorship of University of Illinois Extension in Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties.
Area barns and other buildings are being decorated with 8 x 8-foot quilt squares painted on plywood. Participating site owners work with the Barn Quilt Committee to select designs and colors for their barn quilts, and some have worked on the creation of their own barn quilt blocks.
The quilt squares will remain on the buildings at least five years, and a series of additional sites around McLean County will be added each year through 2016. The structures are visible from the road or on a site that is frequently visited. Owners contribute toward the cost of construction and promotional expenses for the project.
Numerous volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, and many businesses and organizations also contribute to the effort to "stitch" many elements together for this commemorative project that promotes local tourism and highlights the arts and agriculture.
"Pieced Together" is the first documentary film about the quilt square trail movement and the woman behind it all, Donna Sue Groves. Ten years later, Donna Sue has changed the American landscape... and created a cross-country community of friends and strangers that has helped her put the pieces of her life back together as she fought through job loss, breast cancer and numerous health concerns. It was an absolute pleasure filming the trail in McLean County last year and I love seeing all the wonderful people and squares as I'm editing the film. It's coming along and I cannot wait until 2015 when the film will be ready to show audiences - including McLean County! Thank you for all your support and well wishes!
~Julianne Donofrio, Director/Producer "Pieced Together"
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