Catch the quilt barn trail

I am writing to tell people in both Fulton and Montgomery counties about something called the Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail. There are many trails across the United States with six currently documented in New York state. Schoharie County has a very active trail that they started two years ago while rebuilding after their devastating floods.

A quilt barn square is a piece of exterior grade wood that can resemble a traditional quilt square or it can be an original design. They usually range in size from 2 feet by 2 feet up to 8 feet by 8 feet, depending on the space available on the structure. They must be visible from the road to be included in the trail. Once many of the squares are mounted on buildings across the counties, a trail will be established. These can be placed on houses, sheds, barns, garages or even be freestanding. We will have a map and a website giving the locations of each one so people can drive around and look at them. Also, if a city or village were to have enough, we could provide maps for a walking tour. It is a great way to encourage tourism in the area.

On Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., we will be having an event at the chamber at 2 N. Main St. in Gloversville to promote the trail. We will have many samples to look at, in addition to information on how you can buy one or make one yourself. We will be on hand to answer any questions. The display will remain at the chamber, which people can view any time during business hours, until May 2, when we will be having a final reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

We encourage everyone who is interested to get involved. If you would like further information, you can check out our Facebook page, Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail, or you can contact Liz at argotsinger18@hotmail.com or call 774-8717.

ELIZABETH ARGOTSINGER

Gloversville