Quilt Trail

quilt square at Cozens Ranch Museum

We are pleased to tell you about the “Grand Quilt Trail” project being initiated by the Grand Quilters, who have provided quilts to local support organizations and those in need since 1970, in conjunction with the Grand County Historical Association (GCHA). The project is also endorsed by the Town of Fraser’s Public Arts Committee.

A Quilt Trail is a series of colorful flat wooden quilt designed blocks, usually 2ft to 4ft square, that are displayed on the exteriors of buildings, barns, churches, museums, schools and even homes in a community, county or state.

The purpose of a Quilt Trail is to celebrate the heritage of quilt making and honor the early settlers and women who began this long tradition. The first Quilt Trail was initiated in Ohio in 2001 and there are now Quilt Trails in 43 states and 3 Canadian provinces. Many counties in Colorado, including Jefferson, Clear Creek, Summit, Boulder and more, enjoy active Quilt Trails.

quilt squareThe Grand Quilt Trail is a collection of Quilt designs painted on 2’x2′ or 4’x4′ blocks of wood.  These are painted and sold for a one-time price of $150 for a 2 ft. square block and $300 for a 4 ft. square block through the GCHA, and delivered to participating businesses throughout Grand County creating a ‘trail’ of art deco wood blocks painted in quilt designs hung around businesses throughout Grand County. The Grand Quilt Trail is in need of additional funding for businesses with limited means, should you wish to make a greater tax deductible donation, thank you.

Please join the Grand Quilters and GCHA to support the Grand Quilt Trail, a community vision that broadcasts women’s heritage arts. With additional support from the Town of Fraser and its Public Arts Commission, the Grand Quilt Trail will initially focus on the Fraser Valley, from Winter Park to Tabernash. Parts of the Grand Quilt Trail, such as in downtown Fraser, will also be a walking tour.

From Granby to Grand Lake and Kremmling, future partners, including Peaks and Pines Quilters, will join the Grand Quilt Trail to build the countywide public Quilt Trail.

quilt trailCurrently there are over 35 quilt blocks up in Grand County, including Fabric Nook, Mountain Parks Electric, Edward Jones, Azteca, Lonesome Stone, Country Ace, Mountain Family Center, Tabernash Tavern, Miller Storage, Ace Hardware, WP Wellness, Fraser Valley Chiropractic, The Town of Fraser, Tim Day, FV Professional Building, Fraser Community Gardens, Naked Aspen Design, Bank of the West, Centennial Bank, Winter Park Dental, Grand Valley Flooring, Cozens Ranch Museum, Hernandos, The Pub, Winter Park Chateau, Lavender Elephant, Cooper Creek Square, WP Chamber and Devils Thumb Ranch.

In addition, the premier of the Grand Quilt Trail will be closely followed and publicized by local and regional newspapers, TV stations and will be listed on the Colorado Quilt Trail. Thousands of vacationers, history buffs and shoppers follow Quilt Trails annually and participating businesses report increased visits to their location. If you own a business in a visible location and would like to participate in this exciting project, please contact GCHA at 970-726-5488 or click here for more details.