About the Barn Quilt Trail

The Maine Barn Quilt Trail

The Maine Barn Quilt Trail is a growing network of over 40 barn quilts located in Franklin County and Somerset County. The first set of quilt murals were curated by artist Saskia Reinholt and painted by over 600 children in North Franklin County under the guidance of teaching artists Saskia Reinholt and Natasha Bogar in 2019. Participating schools included the Stratton School, Phillips Elementary School, Kingfield Elementary School, Strong Elementary School, and Mount Abrams Regional High School. Rangeley Friends of the Arts after-school program and the New Vineyard Public Library participated by hosting community painting workshops. In 2020, four commemorative Maine State Bicentennial crazy quilt murals were made at free community workshops in Avon, Kingfield, and Eustis. In the spring of 2021, fifteen barn quilts were made at free community workshops across Somerset County. Students involved in these workshops learned about the history of barn paintings, quilting, color theory, geometric design, cooperative painting, and were engaged in cultural discussions. The community barn quilt trail was made possible through grants and support from the Maine Community Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, The Betterment Fund, Sugarloaf Charitable Trust, Skowhegan Charitable Foundation, Franklin County TIF, Jean and King Cummings Fund, Jordan Lumber, and local volunteers.

The Maine High Peaks Barn Quilt Trail is a community-made public art trail that enhances the Maine High Peaks Arts and Heritage Loop, celebrates rural traditions, encourages tourists to move through a rural landscape, and links into the national American Barn Quilt Trail. This collaborative community project was organized by the High Peaks Creative Council with the goal of furthering the visibility and reputation of the Maine High Peaks Region as an arts, cultural, and recreational destination.

 

Create your own barn quilt

Get involved!

Join the growing barn quilt trail by making your own or by hiring a local artist. Request to register your barn quilt with www.highpeaksmaine.org to be listed on our growing map by emailing saskia@highpeaksmaine.org.

What you need to get started on your own barn quilt...
  • MDO Plywood
  • Exterior oil-based primer
  • Your choice of exterior paints and finishes (Chroma Mural Paint with a varnish-like Frog Juice, oil-based sign paints, or exterior latex paint with UV protection).
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ruler, straight edge, T-square, Triangle, etc.
  • Pencils
  • Graph Paper
  1. Choose your design
  2. Common sizes are 8’ x 8’, 6’ x 6’, 4’ x 4’
  3. Cut your plywood to size, fill edges with wood putty, and sand edges
  4. Prime the panel with an exterior oil-based primer
  5. Draft your design on the panel
  6. Apply tape lines to create clean lines around geometric shapes of color
  7. Paint in your design. Apply at least two coats
  8. Apply varnish or top coat with UV protection
Barn Quilt Locations

High Peaks Maine Barn Quilt Trail – Locations, Download as PDF

LOCATION ADDRESS QUILT NAME
Athen’s Exhibition Hall Route 150 Athens, ME Sunflower
Masterman Blueberry Farm 16 Masterman Drive, Avon Blueberry Pie
Hamilton Barn West Ridge Road, Cornville, ME Bear Paw
East Madison Grange Grange Road East Madison, ME Grange Quilts 1 & 2
East Madison Historical Association 1108 East Madison Road East Madison, ME Compass Rose
Poulin Farmstead 482 Kennebec River Road (201A) Embden, ME Lilac Star
Bigelow Fields Farm 624 Kennebago Road, Eustis Patriotic Fan
Jordan Lumber 354 Main Street, Kingfield Carpenter’s Star
Historic Daffodil Farm. 56 Main Street, Kingfield Daffodil Farm Star
Post & Beam Barn 23 Salem Road, Kingfield Mariner’s Compass
Dunham Barn 40 Lexington Road, Kingfield Mountain Star
Rangeley Friends of the Arts Lakeside Theater 127 Salem Road, Kingfield Pines & Lupines
Kennedy Farm 127 Salem Road, Kingfield Snowflake Star
Carter Farm 366 Back Rd Lexington Township, ME 04961 Forest Patchwork
Golf Course House 289 Golf Course Road, Madison, ME Drunken Sailor
Madrid Historical Society 1 Schoolhouse Road, Madrid Reeds Mill Church
Runamuk Acres Conservation Farm 344 School Street New Portland, ME Honeycomb
New Portland Library 899 River Road New Portland, ME Star Sparkler
Wattles Barn 25 Taylor Hill Road, New Vineyard Stars & Stripes
Campion Farmstead 461 Solon Road (Rte 201A), North Anson, ME Ohio Star
Phillips Historical Society 8 Pleasant Street, Phillips Antique Applique Leaves
Silver Barn Route 4 & Haley Street, Phillips Compass Rose
Dark Star Fabrics 30 Main Street, Phillips Dark Star
Toothaker Farm 18 Main Street, Phillips Fairy Flower
Phillips Area Community Center 15 Depot Street, Phillips Feathered Star
Phillips Public Library 96 Main Street, Phillips Twisting Star
Maine Forestry Museum 221 Stratton Road, Rangeley Maple Leaf
Rangeley History Museum 2472 Main Street, Rangeley Mariner’s Compass
Rangeley Friends of the Arts Lakeside Theater 2493 Main Street, Rangeley Moon Over the Mountain
Sunrise View Farm 2963 Main Street, Rangeley Sunburst
Lacasse Bat Factory 4 Madison Avenue Skowhegan, ME Compass Star
Skowhegan Grange Pleasant Street & 201 Skowhegan, ME Kaleidoscope
SPACE on the River 181 Water Street Skowhegan, ME Golden Compass
Kenerson 1266 South Solon Road, Solon, ME Carpenters’ Wheel
Northlands 152 Main Street, Stratton Snail’s Trail
Spillover B&B 1 mile from Spillover Motel at 8258 Carrabassett Road, Stratton Twinkling Star
The White Elephant General Store 26 South Main Street, Strong Bullseye
Pratt Farm 968 South Strong Road, Strong Double Wedding Ring
Gravelle Farm 96 Lambert Hill Road, Strong Rolling Star

Barn quilt murals across Franklin and Somerset Counties

A community process...

The Barn Quilt project brought professional teaching artists, Saskia Reinholt and Natasha Bogar, to lead workshops in five schools and two community organizations including: four MSAD#58 schools, the Stratton School, New Vineyard Library, and Rangeley Friends of the Arts CASA after school program.

The High Peaks Barn Quilt Trail is part of the American Barn Quilt Trail. Painted quilt blocks, displayed on barns, are now in 48 states. Over 7,000 paintings of quilt designs are part of organized trails in the United States.

Learn about the American Barn Quilt Trail network at barnquiltinfo.com

Explore them all!