About Us

The American Barn Trail Movement

Was created in Adams County, Ohio, in 2001 by Donna Sue Groves. In talking with friends and neighbors, Donna Sue realized that the project had wide appeal and could be beneficial to the community encouraging tourism and economic development.

Instead of a single personal tribute, she worked with the community to create a “clothesline of quilts,” which began with an Ohio Star, dedicated in 2001. 

The Snail’s Trail quilt block was added to Donna Sue and Maxine’s tobacco barn in 2003 after her friends said it was time to place a quilt block on their barn. Honoring her mother, Maxine, with her favorite quilt patten. Maxine was a prolific fifth generation quilter and was devoted to the art of quilting and supporting Donna Sue in her “clothesline of quilts” efforts. 

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Development


  • 2009 the idea was formed.
  • Interviewed Trails and quilting resources throughout the Country.
  • Visited trails in North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Ohio.
  • Met with local communities and organizations.
  • Developed our project policy and procedures.
  • Established our project goals along with development marketing plan.
  • Received a donation to hold a workshop and recruited volunteers.
  • Installed our first quilt panel in 2010.



  • Promote learning about our communities though quilts and their history
  • To develop driving and walking trails throughout the Upstate
  • Encourage heritage tourism and promote economic development
  • To promote the expansion of Quilt Trails throughout the State of South Carolina



  • We are still an all-Volunteer Organization
  • Funds are derived from the commissions from quilt panels, grants, and donations
    • Our studios have produced over 450 hand painted quilt panels throughout South Carolina and beyond
  • Over 290 panels are located throughout Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties
    • Production of a panel takes 4 to 8 weeks depending on pattern, complexity of fabric and size of panel
  • Three operational studios

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