Barn Quilts

The Barn at Kill Creek Barn QuiltsPhoto: Andrea Roddy

The concept of barn quilts began in 2001 with Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother Maxine and her Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn in Adams County, Ohio.

She suggested that a “sampler” of twenty quilt squares could be created along a driving trail that would invite visitors through the countryside.

Organized quilt driving trails are usually coordinated by counties of a state. A quilt trail should be visible from a public roadway. A well-designed trail map has the name of the farm or ranch owner, name of the farm, address or GPS coordinates, and why the quilt pattern is appropriate for this property.

Franklin County is the oldest quilt trail in Kansas, showing 43 barn quilts in 2019. There are more than 7,000 quilts on trails in the USA and Canada.

The Barn at Kill Creek Farm quilt block is known as “circling barn swallows” and measures 8 foot by 8 foot. The design was chosen when the present timber frame barn was built in 2013 and a family of barn swallows moved in and made their mud home before the barn’s large wood doors were put in place. The barn is an event space and widely used for church activities, farmers markets, weddings, and corporate meetings.

By: Darrel Zimmerman

Our mission is to maintain the rural heritage of Johnson County, KS

9200 Kill Creek Road, De Soto, KS 66018
GPS: 38° 57’ 45.8” N Latitude
94° 57’ 21.0” W Longitude

*The swallows’  nest can be seen near a ridge board, on the 8th rafter from the south inside the Barn.

Quilt produced by Sign Here, Inc., Gardner, KS

The Barn at Kill Creek Farm quilt block is known as “circling barn swallows” and measures 8 foot by 8 foot.”

 

The design was chosen when the present timber frame barn was built in 2013 and a family of barn swallows moved in and made their mud home before the barn’s large wood doors were put in place.”