The Paisley Agricultural Society is including quilts as part of the fair
You may have seen them as you were driving ‘down country’; vibrant splashes of colour in the agricultural landscape. Barn quilts! And now, you may start seeing more of them in Bruce County.
When the Paisley Agricultural Society started talking about including Barn Quilts as part of the Fair, Elaine Alexander knew she wanted to be part of it. “I just really love them,” she said. “They’re so bright and welcoming and cheerful. What a terrific way to share an agricultural tradition!”
Each quilt tells a story and the new barn quilt hanging at Pine Lane Farms, Keith and Elaine Alexander’s family farm, is no exception. “As I was designing it” Elaine explains, “I wanted to make sure that it reflected not only our family, but the people who had come before us who did the back-breaking work of settling and farming here in Bruce County.”
The Alexanders plan to enter their quilt in the Ontario Barn Quilt Trail. There are no Barn Quilt Trails in Bruce County at the moment. The South Bruce Community Business Association Barn Quilt Committee and the Paisley Agricultural Society hope to change that.
According to Jean Culliton, Co-Chair of the South Bruce CBA Barn Quilt Committee, the South Bruce Group will be launching more than 30 outdoor quilts at the 2019 Teeswater Old Boys and Girls Reunion on the August 1st weekend.
The Ag Society has plans to establish ‘The Paisley Path’, a trail of not only larger 8’x8′ barn quilts, but also other outdoor country art such as smaller barn quilt folk art and painted structures.