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County quilt trail slowly headed this way


Pair of hearings set before event can come to fruition

Organizers of the Washington County Quilt Barn Trail are inching toward seeing their dreams come to fruition. They were hoping to start hanging artistic painted quilt blocks on local barns by late August, but it looks like they’ll have to wait a little longer.

There will be potentially two more public hearings before the Board of Commissioners Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. The ordinance change that will make the quilt barn trail possible is expected to be adopted Aug. 26. The changes will be effective starting Sept. 25.

Eight-foot-by-eight-foot quilt blocks painted by Westside Quilters Guild members will be mounted on local barns visible from the road, preferably along already established bike or wine trails, according to Julie Ellis of the guild. Blocks are meant to generate tourism and celebrate local history. The blocks will be designed after quilts that traveled on the Oregon Trail enroute to Washington County.

The most recent ordinace revision stated the quilt blocks could only be hung on non-residential buildings.