Quilt Trail

The Rio Linda Barn Quilt Trail Project presents a self-guided driving and biking tour of local barns, businesses and homes. The trail displays painted Barn Quilt blocks created by volunteers and designed individually for each property and owner. The RLEQTP uses traditional and modified designs.

A Brief History of Quilt Trails

Displaying brightly painted quilt blocks on barns is a renewed Amerian art form inspired by Donna Sue Groves. In 2001, Groves and friends created a block to memorialize her mom Nina, and hung it on the family barn. Quilt blocks soon began to appear on barns, homes, and businesses across the Midwest and Canada. The network of barn quilt trails now numbers over 5,000 barn quilts than stretch across the country over an imaginary clothesline.

Rick and Debra Crowe discovered a barn quilt trail by accident while on a deer hunting trip in Nebraska. Debra brought the idea home to her local quilting group and founded the RLEQTP.

Our Mission

The Rio Linda Elverta Quilt Trail Project promotes community pride by creating a public art project to display brightly painted quilt blocks on barns, homes, and businesses. We are part of a national movement that connects communities by developing and contributing to an imaginary clothesline of painted quilt blocks that stretches across the country.

Members of the Rio Linda Elverta Quilt Trail Project are grateful for the opportunity to create this public art project. For more information about the Project, visit our website at RLEQuiltTrail.com. For more information about the Underground Railroad movement, visit pathways.thinkport.org