Take a Tour of Washington State’s First Barn Quilt Trail

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Looking for an easy escape from the urban sprawl?  Ellensburg offers a laid-back atmosphere that’s fun-filled for the entire family with shops, museums, kid-friendly restaurants, hiking, fishing camping and more!

Your kids may think quilts are the blankets at Grandma’s house, but little do they know that the art of quilting has been an American tradition for decades upon decades. Teach your children a thing or two about the history of quilting in a fun way by taking a driving tour through the Kittitas County Barn Quilt Trail.

The self-guided tour will lead you and your little historians through a unique journey celebrating the county’s agricultural heritage and industry with an emphasis on handmade crafts and the creative women who made them. The year round tour will bring you to historic barns (some were built way back in the mid to late 1800s) and allow you to learn about one colorful, patchwork quilt after another.

Stop on the tour include Kittitas County Historical Museum where you’ll discover the quilt entitled “Grandmother’s Nine Patch Star”, which is hanging outside on the upper story of the Museum. The Historical Museum features the agricultural history and relics of Kittitas County as well as a vast collection of native American basketry and local geology. Or, make your way to Bull Farm to view the “Double Windmill” quilt. You’ll learn that Bull Farm, built in 1910 by the current owner’s grandfather, has been meticulously restored and represents five generations of the Bull Family. Wherever you stop on the tour, your fam is certain to encounter fun learning moments and amazing quilts.

Detailed histories of the farms and printable maps of Washington’s State’s first barn quilt trail is available online and also at the Ellensburg and Cle Elum Visitor Centers.

Online: barnquiltswashington.org