Category Archives: 6. Connecting Barn Quilts

The first barn quilts in Ontario were part of the International Plowing Match Tamiskaming 2009. Wardsville wants to boost the movement for the Commemoration of the War of 1812 – 1814.

The Old Pump House on Johnston Line.

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The Purcells  from 21850 Johnston Line,R#1  Wardsville installed a beautiful barn quilt block on the old “pump house”. Their daughter Wendy was instrumental in getting this piece of rural art painted for them at Made On Earth art gallery. 


Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement

The book will soon be out!  We hope Wardsville is in it!

Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement — 2012

By Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves

“Bravo to Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves for bringing to light the colorful and rich history of the barn quilt movement. It’s a tale of heart, hope, and deep rural roots. . . roots that started in Adams County but spread quickly across the land. Parron’s deep research and Donna Sue’s love of the subject provide a unique chapter in America’s art history. Happily, a country road is no longer the same.”

Doug Weaver — publisher, Kansas City Star Books

“Barn quilts are a perfect fit with our area; they are an excellent companion to the other ag-tourism opportunities in Green County. This has been a great project because it ties the entire county together with an artistic rural theme, promotes county-wide pride, and gets our visitors to all the communities for a true adventure in exploring the roads less traveled along the way.”

Noreen Rueckert — Green County, WI Tourism

“The barn quilt project is one of the most successful and satisfying projects we’ve ever been involved with and we’re excited that this book documents the spread of this creative idea across our nation and beyond.”

Harold and Sue Peyton — Sac County, Iowa

The story of the American Quilt Trail, featuring the colorful patterns of quilt squares writ large on barns throughout North America, is the story of one of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts movements in the United States and Canada. In Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Suzi Parron travels through twenty-nine states and two Canadian provinces to visit the people and places that have put this movement on America’s tourist and folk art map.

Ohio University Press • Swallow Press

LeMoyne Star in Rodney Ontario

Le Moyne Star painted by Allan Watson Rodney Ontario

After months of waiting the LeMoyne Star has finally appeared on the garage door of Allan Watson, Rodney Ontario. Allan contacted me several months ago about his plan for “gettin on the barn quilt trail” He has sent along a little bit of information about his project.

Block name: LeMoyne Star (also The Divided Star, Star of the East, North Star, Louisiana Star).
This block was created prior to 1860. It is named after the LeMoyne brothers who settled in Louisiana in 1690 and founded the city of New Orleans. It is often called “Lemon Star” in the North.
The Watson’s found this block on a website and immediately fell in love with the colors and design. If you’re travelling South on the  Furnival road into Rodney check out this fabulous art piece. Here’s the address, 289 Furnival Rd Rodney ON.

Great job! Thanks for getting involved.


Tecumseh Monument Redevelopment

The Friends of the Tecumseh Monument, a local not-for-profit, have been working on the redevelopment of the Tecumseh Monument site.  A new Interpretive Master Plan has been extensively researched and the resulting plans were unveiled in a presentation by Rob LeBlanc from Ekistics Planning and DesignSeptember 19th, 2011.  Wow.

Lisa Gilbert & plan for Tecumseh Monument

This ambitious project is worthy of the stature of Tecumseh and the Confederacy.  George Ward was one of the smaller characters; Tecumseh is HUGE.

To arrange interviews or for further information, please call or email:

Lisa Gilbert, Chair, Friends of the Tecumseh Monument
519 674 2322

The Battle of Tippecanoe, which took place outside Prophetstown in present-day Indiana at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers, was fought on November 7, 1811. United States forces, led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory, defeated forces of Tecumseh’s growing American Indian confederation led by his younger brother Tenskwatawa, also known as The Prophet. The Tippecanoe defeat dealt a devastating blow to Tecumseh’s confederacy, which never regained its former strength. Public opinion in the United States blamed the Native American uprising on British interference. This suspicion served as a catalyst to the War of 1812, which began only six months later.  Source.

200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

New Website Launches for the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

Hamilton, ON-August 12, 2011 – The Western Corridor War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance (WCA) has launched a new website for visitors to access information about events and initiatives surrounding the Bicentennial for the War of 1812 in the Western Corridor of Southern Ontario.

The Bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 has been identified as a key tourism opportunity for the region, and the new WCA portal will allow new visitors to easily plan their entire 1812 Bicentennial trip and educational experience from one central website.

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