Color history: Tillamook Quilt Trail
During a recent trip to the Northwest, we stumbled across an unique crafts project. The Quilt Trail concept started in 2009 with the intent to celebrate the unique rural heritage of different regions around the US.
The project extended to the North Oregon Coast in 2010 and Tillamook became the first West Coast town to host the initiative. The town’s many historic barns and buildings offer the perfect setting for the large painter wooden quilt blocks.
Most of the quilt patterns come from the “Patterns for an Oregon Quilt” book of patterns that were designed exclusively for the state of Oregon. What intrigued us the most about the quilt blocks was the organic way in which they became part of the scenery.
The bold, modern colors uplift the traditional designs in a manner that seems to be appealing to all. The bold color combinations adorn historical barns and the walls of churches, commercial buildings and private houses.