Program Coordinator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
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 the 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 together many elements for this commemorative project that promotes local tourism and highlights the arts and agriculture.
Released in the summer of 2016, "Pieced Together" is the first documentary film about the quilt square trail movement and the woman behind it all, Donna Sue Groves. Director and producer Julianne Donofrio filmed sites in McLean County and interviewed members of the committee representing Barn Quilt Heritage Trail of McLean County.