The Red River Barn Quilt Trail

 The Red River Barn Quilt Trail IMG_2771

We are The Red River Barn Quilt Trail Partnership, a group of quilters, crafters, and folk artists dedicated to celebrating our rural traditions and preserving our heritage while fostering growth of our community.

The Red River Barn Quilt Trail Partnership is made up of individuals living along the Red River that separates Minnesota and North Dakota. We are committed to developing a barn quilt trail in the southern Red River Valley Our partnership hopes that with your help, we can create a number of barn quilts and develop a barn quilt trail in our community and the surrounding area.

Barn quilts are vibrant displays of outdoor art that can be found throughout the U.S. Barn quilts are large, flat pieces of wood painted to look like a quilt block. They are comprised of simple geometric shapes and are painted in bright colors, the same patterns found in handmade quilts. They hang on barns, houses, and fences and are beautiful outdoor displays of Americana Folk Art that celebrate women’s contributions to agriculture.


A barn quilt trail is a series of barn quilts installed at various locations along a route. These trails attract tourists interested in viewing each pattern and design. Currently North America has quilt trails in over 45 of the United States as well as in Canadian provinces.

The development of a barn quilt trail is a community event that brings together community members of all ages, eager to learn through the project and participate in the development of the trail. Barn quilt trails also offer opportunities for businesses and communities to cultivate and sustain strategic partnerships that serve to strengthen and revitalize a region.

We hope you will join us.IMG_3518

5 thoughts on “The Red River Barn Quilt Trail

  1. I’d be interested in learning more about the locations you are looking for to mount the barn quilts. We have a small farm and raise registered belted galloways. We are located 2 miles south east of breckenridge.

    • Hello Sue,

      Please pardon our slow reply- we are still getting use to our webpage. I think we love quilts more than technology. We would love to include your farm on the barn quilt trail!! If you are available, please join us this Saturday for our meeting at 9:00. We are also hosting a class following the meeting that you can take as well. There is more info on the class at
      Otherwise, I am always eager to involve others so if you’d like to come out to visit our farm and learn more just let me know and we can find a time to meet. Thanks do very much for you interest. We will be sure to keep you informed.

      Mary Jo Schmid

  2. Good Morning,
    I will plan to attend the meeting on Saturday March 14th and also take the painting class afterwards. Thanks, Bonnie

  3. How exciting to find your facebook page and your Blog!! It looks like you and your volunteers have been busy creating beautiful art for your county and tourists!! YEA. I look forward to watching you grow. I’m positive that you are learning that the development of a trail has so many benefits as you are learning. Here’s to the joy factor!

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