In 2001 Donna Sue Groves, in Adams County, Ohio painted a quilt block on her barn to honor her mother, a master quilter. From that humble beginning has grown a national movement of counties and communities developing their own trail of quilts on barns, houses and other buildings throughout America. More than 30 states now have Quilt Trails with over 3,000 registered quilt blocks. The movement shows no sign of stopping and Oscoda County Art Council has brought the Quilt Trail here!
The OCAC works to involve community groups, organizations, businesses and families in painting and installing quilt blocks in all of Oscoda County. We chose as our motto
Art is Life. Live it up!
and the Quilt Trail accomplishes that by having beautiful art on old barns, businesses, homes, and along the Au Sable River.
The early settlers of Oscoda County brought with them their farming and quilting traditions. What better way to recognize and honor their sacrifices and struggles, their triumphs and tenacity than with quilt blocks on historic buildings and centennial barns?